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BECE Grading System: How to Calculate Your Results

Are you a junior high school student who want to know how the BECE grading system really works? If so, you are in the right place as we will provide in-depth explanations to all your questions.

The Basic Education Certificate Examination qualifies students for admission into secondary and vocational schools in Ghana. It usually takes place in June every year. Candidates must note that BECE plays a vital role in their academic journey as it is their first-ever international examination, and it is compulsory for all students.

This article will provide a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how the BECE grading system works and how to check your examination results.

BECE Grading System

The BECE grading system measures the academic performance of students at the junior high school level. Students can represent grades using letters, a range of percentages, or even a number.

The BECE grading system can assist students, guardians and teachers to choose courses that satisfy the necessary cut-off points. It also provides students with a clue on the school they’re likely to get.

Candidates are to note that the better your BECE grade, the higher your chances of getting placed in the school of your choice. The Ghana Education Service enrolls students in various secondary schools using the Computerized School Selection and Placement System. You can read our comprehensive guide on how the CSSPS really works.

BECE Grading System and Interpretations

The grading system uses a nine-point scale, with grade 1 representing the highest performance and grade 9 representing the lowest performance. The table below represents a non-linear nine point scale used in the BECE grading system.

BECE Marks Grade Interpretation
90 – 100 1 Highest (A+)
80 – 89 2 Higher (A)
70 – 79 3 High (B+)
60 – 69 4 High Average (B)
55 – 60 5 Average (C+)
50 – 54 6 Low Average (C)
40 – 49 7 Low (D+)
35 – 39 8 Lower (E)
0 – 34 9 Lowest (F)

How to Calculate BECE results?

  • Candidates can calculate their results using the six best subjects from their BECE results.
  • This must include three best core subjects (English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science or Social Studies) and any other three best elective subjects.
  • Candidates who want to pursue General Science must include Integrated Science in their calculations.

For clarity sake, I will provide you with a sample data on how you can calculate your BECE results. Let’s assume that the information provided below are the grade obtain by you.

Subjects Grade Interpretation
English Language 1 Highest
Mathematics 1 Highest
Integrated Science 2 Higher
Social Studies 4 High Average
RME 2 Higher
French 4 High Average
ICT 1 Highest
BDT 2 Higher
Fante 1 Highest

 

To calculate your results

  • Take the sum of your best three core subjects. From the table, English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science are your three best core subjects i.e. 1+1+2 = 4
  • Take the sum of any other three best elective subjects. Your best elective subjects are BDT, ICT and RME i.e. 1+2+1 = 4
  • A summation of your three best core subjects and three best elective subjects will give you your total BEST results or aggregate i.e. 4+4 = 8
  • You obtained aggregate 08 in your results, and that’s is how the BECE grading system works.

How do I check my BECE grade?

  1. Visit the WAEC Results Checker Portal
  2. Enter your index number
  3. Select the type of examination (BECE)
  4. Select your examination year
  5. Enter your date of birth
  6. Enter the serial number and 12-digits PIN on your scratch card
  7. Reconfirm your index number and examination year
  8. Click on submit
  9. Your BECE results will appear on your screen

What is the highest score for BECE?

In the BECE grading system, a score of 90-100 receives a grade of 1, which is the highest.

What are the core subjects in BECE?

Students in Ghana take the following core subjects in BECE:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Integrated Science
  • Social Studies

Will BECE be written in 2024?

No, the 2023 batch of students are the last set of students to write BECE. However, a new examinations will be conducted in 2024 following the introduction of the new curriculum in 2019.

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