BECE Grading System: How to understand your results

Are you a student who has recently taken the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)? If so, you may be wondering what your results mean and how you can interpret them. Understanding your BECE results can be a difficult and confusing process, but it doesn’t have to be. This article will provide an overview of the BECE grading system and explain how to understand your results.

About the grading system

The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is the main examination taken by students in Ghana after they have completed their 9-year basic education program. The BECE grading system is an important part of the process, as it allows students to accurately gauge their performance on the exam. The grades range from 1 to 9, with 1 being the highest and 9 being the lowest. The BECE grading system is designed to give students a clear indication of their strengths and weaknesses and help them prepare for higher education.

BECE Grading system

MarksGradeRemarks
90-1001Highest
80-892Higher
70-793High
60-694High Average
55-605Average
50-546Low Average
40-497Low
35-398Lower
0-349Fail

Calculating your BECE results

The BECE results is calculated using the 6 best subjects from your BECE results. The 3 best core subjects (Maths, English, Inter-Science or Social) and your 3 best elective subjects, Maths and English are must among the core subjects. You can select between science and social for the calculation.

  • To obtain your grade, you will add the first best core (English + Mathematics + Integrated Science or Social Studies). Eg: 1+1+2 = 4
  • Then Look through your results and add 3 best elective subjects (ICT + B.D.T + Frech). Eg: 1+2+2 = 5
  • (English + Mathematics + Integrated Science) +(ICT Tech + B.D.T + French) i.e. 1+1+2+1+2+2 = 9

So in this example, the candidate had aggregate 9. The better your BECE grades, the greater your chances of getting placed into the school of your choice. The GES uses the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) to place students into different schools across the country.

What is the pass aggregate for BECE?

The pass aggregate for BECE is from aggregate 6-30. Candidates sitting for the exam are expected to have scores within this range to be able to qualify for school placement.

What is distinction in BECE results?

A candidate is deemed to have passed the BECE with distinction if he/she gets grade 1 with Highest remarks in all the papers he/she sat for.

Final words

Understanding the BECE grading system can be a challenging task, but once you know what to look for and how to interpret your results, it will be much easier to make sense of it all. The grades are designed to measure your performance in the examination and provide an indication of how well you have done compared to others.

It is important to remember that your grades do not define you as a person, they simply provide an indication of your academic ability. Your hard work, dedication and passion are what really count. With the right guidance and motivation, anyone can achieve their educational goals.


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