The National Examination council is an exams body responsible in administering  the Senior School Certificates Examinations as well as the General Certificate in Education. These exams always takes place between the period of June/July and December/January usually after WAEC examinations.


NECO came to light during the administration of Adulsalami Abubakar the then head of state of Nigeria in 1999. NECO was created with true  motive to offer subsidized registration of exams to candidates in Nigeria. This body came to light and took over the responsibilities of the then National Board of Education Measurement (NBEM).  The first Exams conducted by NECO was held in the year 2000.

This are guide on how to register for NECO GCE 2018/2019. It contains the registration guidelines and instructions for candidates who intends to register for the exam.

As of now The National Examination Council (NECO) has not commence  sales of application form for the 2018/2019 Senior School Certificate Examination for External Candidates. Even though the form is not out yet, we see need to educate the populace with the NECO GCE registration instructions and guidelines so that once the form is out, they will be able to do it.

 Note: The Senior School Certificate Examination (external) is mainly for private candidates not in the School system.

Steps to Register for NECO 2018/2019.

In other to register for NECO2018/2019, candidates are hereby advised to note that, the exam’s body will not refund the registration fee if paid.Candidates are kindly advised to use a recognized cyber café as registration errors is detrimental to the candidates.

Since the emergence of an e-society, NECO has since moved from offline to online registration. Candidates are to visit the NECO website at and complete the registration process.

 Passport of the candidate will be needed during the registration process. Coupled with the registration, biometric fingerprint will be captured. Any candidate without a verified finger print will not be giving the chance to partake  in the exams.

NOTE: NECO Registration is done with an nonrefundable fee of 12,000 (Both External & Internal)

To register for NECO 2018/2019 examination, candidates are to obtain a draft and pay a non-refundable fee of Twelve Thousand Naira Only (N12,000) paid through bank draft or to school management if internal registration. The payment can be done in all NECO office, banks, and Ni-post offices nationwide.                                                                                                         The fees covers: 

  1. CD on exams ethnics
  2. Cost of biometric data and capture
  3. As well as the administrative charges
  4. Even NECO Timetable 2018/2019.

  NECO has its timetable released for it’s a exams every year. The exams which usually comes up  in the second quarter of each year that is June/July and its GCE by December/January.

Click here to Download NECO Time table Online

The timetable mostly reveals when to have exams and when there is no exams. This will tell the candidates how to prepare for his/her personal timetable.  To prepare effectively for the exams, candidates are advised to make better timetable.

A Successful NECO Guide

1.You need to Develop a positive mindset:

When you are approaching NECO center, there is nothing to fear or worry about, as the exams is only set based on what you have be taught in your various schools.

NECO is not what many people think it is. Many people think it is one exams that feel happy seeing student fail. Others think over questions such as: will I ever pass the exams? This exams is like a simple computer that whatever you put in you will put out.  Whatever effort you apply when studying for the exams will be shown in the result.

If you wish to excel in the exams, you ought to erase every negative thoughts that comes your mind.


2. Plan your time:

There is a saying that proper preparation prevents poor performance. The way you plan your time  will show how ready you are for any exams. One easy way of planning your time is having a personal Timetable, your personal time table is so-pose to show the time, and duration of your studies as well as time to rest. In your personal time table, concentrate most of your time in  your studies and make sure you keep to it.



3. Solve the unsolved problem:

You know in NECO exams, every problem counts and chances are that you might see that unsolved problem appear as one of the questions. In order not to be confused, you should endeavor to solve those problems you left unsolved. There are many topics which you ignored probably because it might look unimportant. It is advisable to go over those topics and study them very well.

4. Study effectively:

It may interest you that the  word student comes from the word studies. If you are a student, your   responsibility is to study mostly while preparing for an exams. Don’t let anything stop or distract you from studying. Before  you study make sure that you have all the materials needed for studies. Read extensively with your textbooks, don’t just depend on your teachers notes, study widely.

Guides on How do you study for NECO:

NECO Syllables 2018

NECO syllables has been an important tool in the hands of those preparing for NECO exams. The NECO syllables include all the topics a student should expect in the exams. According to research, more than 90%  of those who excel in the exams are those who study with the aid of the syllables.

The Latest 2016-2020 NECO syllables is out. Our sllables is updated for every student who wishes to succeed in the exams. Get it and study effectively with it.

We have made available cutting-edge syllables for you which covers all the subjects administered by NECO.

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