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Two O’level Sittings: What they didn’t tell you about it

Wondering what type of school will give you admission with two Olevel sittings? We are often asked by students about what kind of tertiary institution they can gain admission into with two sittings.  Our short answer is ‘almost any type of school you can think of’.

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Two Olevel sittings is a term used when a candidate combines two WAEC/NECO/NABTEB results. Many Nigerian institutions (University, Polytechnic, or College) offer their applicants the unique opportunity to combine two results in their quest for admission.

But, why do students have to combine their results?

To secure admission into any tertiary institution in Nigeria, every applicant must meet one basic requirement; They must have a minimum of 5 Ordinary levels (O’level) credits in relevant subjects. These subjects include Mathematics, English Language and 3 other subjects that are relevant to your academic programmes. So all you have to do is sit for that WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB and get your 5 credits in one fell swoop (single sitting).

But, you and I understand things can only be done perfectly in an ideal world, and that’s not where we have found ourselves.

We live in the real world and in the real world, nothing is perfect. Here, people succeed and people fail. Whereas some students will take an examination and smash it at once, others will struggle. This is where the idea of two sittings emanated.

A candidate who takes an examination but is unable to pass some subjects may make up for those deficiencies with another result. Let me show you what I mean.

Miss Cynthia (random name) wishes to study biochemistry at the university, so she sits for SSCE. She needs to have Olevel credits in Mathematics, English, Physics, chemistry, and Biology in order to secure admission. Unfortunately, she failed in Mathematics.

Miss Cynthia, not giving up, sits for another examination. This time, she has credits in all her subjects, including Mathematics. but, she failed the English Language.

She can merge these two results because the combination will guarantee a credit pass in Mathematics as well as the English Language.

We can, therefore, conclude that Miss Cynthia is using two Olevel sittings. I hope this is clear enough.

Combining WAEC/NECO/NABTEB results

Understanding the meaning of two sittings is only half the job; Next step is understanding the results you are to combine.

In Nigeria, there are three different Examination bodies governing the Olevel examination/results. They are: WAEC, NECO, and NABTEB.

WAEC (West African Examination Council) conducts two different types of examinations for senior secondary students. These are:

  • WAEC SSCE Internal (School examination)
  • WAEC SSCE External or GCE (Private Examination)

National Examination Council (NECO) also organizes two examinations for senior students, namely:

  • NECO Internal (School Examination)
  • NECO External or NECO GCE (Private Examination)

You can combine any of these results with the other. In the case of our fictitious miss Cynthia above, she may decide to combine her NECO result with her WAEC

You may combine your results as stated below:

  • WAEC SSCE + WAEC SSCE = acceptable
  • WAEC SSCE + WAEC GCE = acceptable
  • NECO + NECO GCE = acceptable
  • WAEC SSCE + NECO = acceptable
  • NECO + WAEC GCE = acceptable
  • I think I left out one more combination. But you get the point, right? Cool.

You can also combine two NABTEB results. But you will need to see the school requirements regarding this.

99.9% of Nigeria Schools Accept Two Sittings

Truth be told, I’m not all that good in Mathematics but i believe the figure is accurate. I mean, look at the list below and do the maths yourself.

  • Every College of Education in Nigeria accepts two sittings
  • All polytechnics in Nigeria accept two sittings
  • All Universities, oh sorry, not all Universities. The University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the University of Ado Ekiti (UNAAD) are the only two Nigerian University that do not accept two sittings. Every other University imaginable accepts two sittings

Knowing that you can secure admission with two results eliminates a bit of worry, doesn’t it?

But there is a catch: Some Universities have attached at least a condition to this offer.

Let’s look at a few cases below

  • The University of Ibadan (UI) excludes Pharmacy from the list of courses you can study with two sittings. This means, whereas you can combine results for any course in UI, you need a single sitting to study pharmacy
  • UNIBEN, UNIBADAN, IMSU, ABSU, EBSU, UNIOSUN, ANSU, UNILORIN, and DELSU accept one sitting for Medicine.
  • For the University of Ibadan to accept two sittings, you must have a total credit of 6, instead of 5.

It is difficult to keep track of all these schools and their numerous conditions. What you can do instead is to decide early on the school you want and do some background check on them.

Don’t Aim for Two sittings

If you are already using combined results, then this section of the post isn’t for you. Move along! This is for younger students who are yet to sit for any level examination.

As of the time of this writing, there are no disadvantages of combining two Olevel results. Candidates using a single result do not have an edge over those combining results when it comes to pursuing admission. However, the management of a school may decide to change its policy concerning Olevel acceptance. You can never predict these schools.

However, just because schools accept two sittings doesn’t mean you should aim for it. Nothing is better than making your results in one go. let me give you only two reasons you should not aim for two sittings.

  • You will not be able to study in a school like UNILAG or UNAAD.
  • You will not be able to study medicine and sugery in top federal Universities.
  • Whereas Nigerian institutions accept merging of results, what about foriegn school? What if you have the opportunity to study in the US? Unless I hear otherwise, schools abroad do not understand the phrase “two sittings”.

In Conclusion

Unless we hear otherwise, using two sittings in WAEC/NECO/NABTEB has no effect whatsoever on your admission chances. Except for UNILAG and UNAAD that reject it, all schools in Nigeria accept result merging. However, I’m yet to see a school in Nigeria that accepts more than 2 results.

To gain admission, making your Olevel is only the first step. Next, you need to sit for JAMB and put in your best. The combination of your Olevel result, a good JAMB score, and an optional post UTME are what guarantees your chances of admission.

Additionally, you will need to upload your Olevel result on the JAMB portal before you can be given admission. We have a guide on how to upload your result on the JAMB CAPS.

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