What is the Meaning of CANCELLED in WAEC Result?


The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is an examination body that conducts various examinations for students in West Africa. One of the most popular examinations is the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), also known as WAEC, which is taken by students in their final year of secondary school.

The WAEC result is a document that shows the grades obtained by a candidate in the WASSCE. The result can be checked online through the WAEC website or by sending an SMS to a short code. The result can also be printed out as a certificate or a statement of result.

However, sometimes, a candidate may encounter a problem when checking their WAEC result online or through SMS. Instead of seeing their grades, they may see a word like CANCELLED, WITHHELD, OUTSTANDING, or ABSENT. What do these words mean and what can a candidate do about them?

Cancelled WAEC Result
Cancelled WAEC Result


The word CANCELLED means that the result of the candidate has been cancelled by WAEC. This means that the candidate will not receive any grade for the subject or subjects affected by the cancellation. The reason for cancellation is usually due to malpractice or irregularity during the examination.

According to WAEC, malpractice includes any act that violates the rules and regulations of the examination, such as cheating, impersonation, collusion, leakage, bribery, etc. Irregularity includes any act that affects the smooth conduct of the examination, such as disturbance, disruption, violence, etc.

If a candidate’s result is cancelled, it means that WAEC has evidence that the candidate was involved in malpractice or irregularity during the examination. The evidence may include reports from supervisors, invigilators, inspectors, monitors, or external observers; scripts or answer sheets; photographs or videos; statistical analysis; etc.

What to do if your result is CANCELLED

If your result is cancelled, it means that you have lost your chance to obtain a grade for the subject or subjects affected by the cancellation. You will not be able to use your result for admission into higher institutions or for employment purposes. You will also not be able to apply for remarking or verification of your result.

The only option you have is to register and sit for the examination again in another year. However, you should be aware that WAEC may impose sanctions on you for your involvement in malpractice or irregularity. The sanctions may include banning you from taking any WAEC examination for a period of time; reporting you to your school authorities, parents, guardians, or law enforcement agencies; publishing your name and photograph in the media; etc.

Therefore, it is advisable to avoid any form of malpractice or irregularity during any WAEC examination. You should study hard and prepare well for the examination. You should also follow the rules and regulations of the examination and cooperate with the examination officials. You should report any case of malpractice or irregularity that you witness or suspect to WAEC or other relevant authorities.

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In this blog post, we have explained what the meaning of CANCELLED in WAEC result is and what a candidate can do about it. We have also answered some frequently asked questions about WAEC result checking, printing, remarking, verification, and contact.


How can I check my WAEC result online?

To check your WAEC result online, visit the WAEC portal and enter your 10-digit examination number, your examination year, your examination type (e.g. WASSCE), your e-PIN voucher number, and your personal identification number (PIN). Then click on Submit and wait for your result to be displayed.

How can I check my WAEC result through SMS?

To check your WAEC result through SMS, send an SMS in this format: WAEC*ExamNo*PIN*ExamYear to 32327 (for MTN, Celtel & Glo subscribers). For example: WAEC*4250101001*123456789012*2023. Ensure there is no space in the message. Wait for your result to be delivered to your phone via SMS. (SMS cost N30 only).

How can I print out my WAEC result?

To print out your WAEC result, you need to have access to a printer and an internet connection. After checking your result online through the WAEC portal, you can click on Print Result at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, you can save your result as a PDF file and print it later.

How can I apply for remarking or verification of my WAEC result?

To apply for remarking or verification of your WAEC result, you need to write a letter of application to [the Head of National Office] of WAEC in your country. You need to attach a photocopy of your printed result slip and a bank draft of the required fee. You also need to state the reason for your application and the subject or subjects you want to be remarked or verified. You need to submit your application within 60 days of the release of the result.

How can I contact WAEC for more information or complaints?

To contact WAEC for more information or complaints, you can use any of the following channels:

– Email: [email protected]
– Phone: 01-904 9030 or 0700VATEBRA (0700 828 3272)
– Website: www.waecdirect.org
– Facebook: [www.facebook.com/WAECNigeria]
– Twitter: [www.twitter.com/waecnigeria]

We hope that this blog post has helped you to understand your WAEC result better and to avoid any problems in the future. Remember to always study hard, follow the rules, and report any malpractice or irregularity. We wish you all the best in your academic pursuits. Thank you for reading.

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