How To Gain Admission with F9 On a Required Subject in WAEC (D7, E8)

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Are you worried about gaining admission into a tertiary institution with a low grade on a required subject in your WAEC result? Can I gain admission with D7, E8, or F9 grades in WAEC? Here’s good news for you: it is possible to gain admission with F9 on a required subject in WAEC.

In this article, I will discuss possible solutions to help you gain admission even with low grades on a required subject in WAEC.

We all know by now that to gain admission to tertiary institutions (Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education) in Nigeria, having a minimum of five O’level credits, including Mathematics and English, is a prerequisite. However, what happens if you have poor grades on a required subject in the West African Examination Council (WAEC)?

Consider the following: O’ level result (whether from WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB) is an important requirement for admission into any tertiary institution. Therefore, while there are other methods of gaining admission without JAMB, you still need your O’level result.

It is also important to understand the WAEC grading system. The minimum grade that indicates a pass in a WAEC course is C6, and anything less than that (D7, E8, or F9) is considered a fail by universities and other tertiary institutions.

WAEC Grading System

What are the solutions to poor grades or F9 on a required subject in WAEC?

Here are some possible steps you can take:

  1. Apply for a Change of Course to a more suitable one
  2. Combine WAEC with Other O’ level Results
  3. Register for other WAEC alternative
  4. Enroll for WAEC GCE

I will talk about each of the steps I marked, so just relax and enjoy!

See also: WAEC Compulsory Subjects 2023

1. Apply for Change of Course To A More Suitable One

The O’ Level requirements for different courses can vary, which can be a challenge if you have poor grades or an F9 in a required subject on your WAEC exam. However, there are options available to help you overcome this hurdle.

One solution is to consider changing the course you intended to study or applying for a JAMB Change of Course to a program that can accommodate D7, E8, or F9 in the subject you struggled with. This can eliminate the need to retake the WAEC exam.

Keep in mind that this option has a downside: you may not be able to pursue the course you originally wanted to study. Additionally, if your poor performance was in Math or English, this option may not work, and you’ll need to explore other alternatives.

2. Register for WAEC GCE

If you had D7, E8, or F9 on Mathematics or English Language in WAEC, a good option is to register for the West African Examination Council General Certificate Exam (WAEC GCE). The GCE is an exam conducted by WAEC for private candidates. If you perform well in this exam, the certificate is equivalent to other O’level exams.

3. Register for other WAEC alternative

If WAEC GCE is not a viable option, you can register for other WAEC alternatives such as NECO or NABTEB. While WAEC is the most popular O’level exam, other exams are also accepted for admission processing. With effective preparation, you can outperform your WAEC results. I am very sure of this.

4. Combine WAEC with other O’ level result

If you had poor grades like E8, D7, or F9 on a required subject in WAEC but passed the same subject in other O’ level exams taken before now, you can combine your results from different exam sittings to meet the admission requirements.

How to Combine O’ level Results?

To combine results, it is crucial to note that you can only combine results if you have passed the subject you failed in one O’ level exam in the other. For example, if a student failed mathematics in their WAEC exam but passed the same subject in their NECO exam, they can use the NECO result to supplement their WAEC result.

The good news here is that all courses in Nigeria accept the combination of O’ level results.

With these four (4) options, I hope you would make the best decision.

See Also: WAEC Timetable for 2023 (Science & Art)

FAQs on Low Grades on a Required Subject in WAEC

What does D7 mean in WAEC result?

In WAEC result, D7 is a grade that indicates that a candidate scored between 45% and 49% in a particular subject. It is a pass grade, but it is not considered a good grade for some courses and institutions that have higher requirements.

Can I get admission with D7 in math?

Some institutions and programmes may require a minimum grade of C6 or better in Mathematics, while others may accept a grade of D7. It’s best to check with the school or program directly to find out their specific requirements.

Is E8 good in WAEC result

E8 cannot be considered a good grade in WAEC, the minimum grade that is regarded as pass in WAEC is C6, any grade lesser than that cannot be considered good.

Is F9 a good grade in WAEC?

No, F9 is not a good grade in WAEC. It is the lowest possible grade and indicates that the student has failed the subject. It may negatively affect the student’s chances of gaining admission into higher institutions or getting certain jobs.

Can I gain admission with E8 in mathematics?

No, you cannot gain admission with E8 in Mathematics as it is a compulsory subject required for admission into any University in Nigeria. However, there are alternative options you can explore to improve your chances.

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In conclusion, with the O’level result combination, Enrolling for GCE, changing of course, or registering for NECO or NABTEB, you can still secure admission into your dream course even if you have a low grade or F9 on a required subject in your WAEC result. However, it is advisable to strive for better grades in all your subjects to increase your chances of getting admitted.

Emmanuel Dominic

Emmanuel Dominic is the Founder and CEO of Examspot, a passionate educationist, avid reader, and data scientist. With a bachelor's degree in Economics and Development Studies, Emmanuel shares practical tips and strategies for excelling in exams such as WAEC, NECO, IJMB, JUPEB, and more. His well-researched blog posts provide valuable insights on exam techniques, study habits, and stress management, empowering students to achieve outstanding results.