What To Do If Your WAEC Result is Held & 2023 Release Date

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When checking the grades, you’ve seen HELD, OUTSTANDING, or CANCEL in any of your subjects. It shows the WAEC Withheld result.

Don’t worry; we will look closely at what the word means. Here is a guide for those who don’t know how to check their WAEC results.

Once you have figured out that your result shows any of the abovementioned words, exit the browser.

Some may believe the internet connection causes the problem, and it reduces the number of times you can check the result with the pin provided while trying to recheck it.

There are explanations behind the HELD, OUTSTANDING, or CANCEL showing on your result, which you will find here.

Update: According to the council, the WAEC NEC meeting on held results occurred on October 3rd, 2023. After the meeting, some results were released.

Why your WAEC 2023 Result was Held

1. Malpractice: This is the number one factor behind most seized results, but it may not be the reason behind yours. The inspector may have found you cheating, giving you a form to fill out. That is one of the reasons that has been involved.

Another fact is copying other people’s work also leads to this. Take, for example, the person sitting in front of you and someone else copying you during the exam.

Do you think the marker is a fool? Capital NO. You know within yourself if you are involved in this act. No one needs to tell you that. If your examination centre was caught in this act, it shows you all will bear the consequences.

No matter what, put your mind at rest, and the result will be released, but the punishment will be placed on such a candidate.

2. Impersonation:  This has been the practice of some candidates. They no longer write exams themselves. Instead, they hire someone else to help them sit for the exam.

For those who are yet to write the exam reading this post, please don’t give your money to anyone to help you write your exam. One of the reasons why some candidates impersonate is that they don’t have time. Applying for two things at a time is very risky.

For instance, you wrote jamb and chose to await the result during registration. While writing your waec, your institution fixed their screening date so that it will clash with your exam. In this case, we advise you all to take things one after the other.

3. Noise during the examination: Let me clarify this. If you notice while the exam is going on, you will be asked to provide your ID card for scanning, or you are asked to thumbprint.

During this process, the machine records all the sounds in the centre. Making noise while the examination is ongoing might be counted as malpractice.

4. Form: You may have committed an offence during the examination and were given a form to complete. Don’t expect the result to be released immediately.

How long does it take to release held WAEC results?

After thorough confirmation, the board will release the result. If you are found guilty, you will surely be punished. Your result might either be Cancelled, Degraded or Good. Expect any of the three outcomes.

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) typically releases held results within 60 days of the end of the examination. However, this may vary depending on the number of results being processed and the severity of the investigated cases.

WAEC has announced that it will release withheld results on September 20, 2023. Candidates whose results were withheld for any reason should be able to see them from this date.

Meaning of Held, Outstanding, and Cancel in WAEC Results

Let us look at what each status means in your result.

HELD: This means your result has been seized for violating the instruction laid down by the board controlling the exam. Will waec held result be released? As you can see above, all the results will be released after verification.

OUTSTANDING: Your result was probably held due to the wrong information provided on your script. Such information includes your examination number, centre number, name, etc. Also, those with bad writing which did not write the details requested vividly will have their waec result displaying outstanding for that subject.

For those intending to write waec, please take a good note of this. Always cross-check very well before submitting. What is my chance? Since you were not involved in malpractice, there is a high possibility of your result being released after verification.

CANCELLED: Whenever cancelled is displayed on your results, forget about it. Nothing can be done about that. Just make use of the advice I will be dropping below.

What to do if your WAEC result is held

1. Pray: There is nothing impossible for God to do. Seek forgiveness of sin and his mercy. Don’t forget to have faith and be hopeful after telling him.

2. Complain to your school principal: Let them know your waec result was withheld. They might provide you with a possible solution.

3. Purchase another form: You’ve known that the output of the result after being seized might be positive or negative. One truth is before the result is released, another registration form will be out. Getting the registration fee might be tricky, but set your mind on where you are going.

Please take it as a challenge and not let it weigh you down. Keep on trying your best. I bet you will later thank me if you follow my advice, and another bitter truth is if you obtained another form and you’ve already filled it out and are awaiting the result in JAMB or post utme, you will still meet up.

If peradventure the result was later discharged with good grades, it will still be an advantage for you to take note.

When will WAEC held results be released in 2023?

At first, the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) will have to organize a meeting regarding the result and then look at the best judgment to be passed on to those involved in malpractice.

If you were not involved in malpractice, just put your mind to rest. Your result will soon be published.

“Based on my observation the West Africa Examination Council always publish the held result alongside with the next result to be discharged”. For instance you wrote WAEC expect your result to be released with GCE.

I pray your result will be released without any failure. While waiting for waec to release the held result, please put your mind at rest.

131 thoughts on “What To Do If Your WAEC Result is Held & 2023 Release Date”

  1. Please waec should realease our held result because is not all of us that are involved in exam malpractice please the should do something about this issue

    • Na wa ohh same as me… The worst part is that is they dnt no the money isnt easy.. My parents suffered for the money.. I pity My hustling parent…. I dnt wish to put them into shame.. I always think of this i get bad emotion.. Ma parent re damn worried

  2. My English is outstanding, please waec I don’t want to seat for another exam pls ?,this is d second time taking this exam d last time was also outstanding on 3 of my most important Paper (Literature in English D7,Government F9,Yoruba C5 pls waec boards, please make us all smile we re tired of taking d exams again ?

      • Please, WAEC should stop punishing Nigerian children this way. I see no reason why these children results should be held when they were not found culpable during the exams either by filling malpractice form or by any information given by their supervisors who are the exams’ umpire. Please, WAEC I beg of u release our children results & fortify against ways against malpractice. That’s is d only appropriate justification you will give. Don’t punish our children while ur corrupt custodians, supervisors, syndicate remain rich. You know it all. Thanks

    • Why dem no go place held see English you come credit English ?. Sorry bro they held my result too ?. I’m just so annoyed. How can some people write exams without malpractice and WAEC will hold The WASSCE result it’s no fair now.
      Just because you got a good result and sir I wasn’t given any form to fill and there was no remark on my script but why would my result be held?

  3. My weac result is really important to me cus I’m on awaiting result ?..and I didn’t enroll for Neco….y would dey place held in my result ??…this is not Fair at all……ND my question exactly is to confirm wen dey will release it… hope it won’t be 2022 ???

    • Same here my results has been held
      Will i sit for another waec again but one thing i know is wen there is still life There is hope
      I have the faith that they will release my results
      help me o Lord ????

  4. Waec should release our HEID result 2021 because all those expo answers does the waec officer not know about it because I didn’t know where all those people usually see the question and get the answer before the examination days so all of them know about it and they we write waec and neco expo and there did they not know about it. Please release our HEID result 2021 because of we the innocent people among them.

  5. My daughter waec 2021 result is showing error. What could that mean pls. Every students in the school have same error displayed.
    A worried parent

  6. Please my maths result is showing ‘outstanding’ and KASU screening has started. Please when is waec releasing my maths. I need it urgently.

  7. Waec pls Am begging u with all my heart
    Spare the innocent ones among the people that have written waec
    My schools waec results has been held
    I am using awaiting results
    Have mercy and release it…..
    I have written jamb nd post utme
    I can’t make my parents start from square 1


    Pls understand some students situation ???

  8. Pls release our held result I don’t want to re-write my exam again
    O Jehovah God, help ur innocent children
    Will they release the result at least 2nd week of next month???

  9. Please increase the sound of ur voice this people are very rude at least the should look for another means in tracking malpractice instead of helding innocent candidates results, what is the work of invigilators, cindicates of those students were not victimized during the exams why then do thier results be siezed…this country is a mess

  10. In my result all the subjects are still held
    And I left an Awaiting result
    I pray Waec will release them all soon …I Really need it ??????

  11. How are we suppose to keep calm when out result are being held??,do they even know how parents suffered to get the money used for the registration of the waec,how to get money in this nation is a problem a big one sef ?
    Many are having sleepless night cause of this result ?? some university have started post utme which will end by the 31st of December please release the results quick it’s our only hope to fulfilling our dreams ??
    Please?? waec I beg of you please don’t cancel results
    It will hurt a lot of parents and students
    please ??

  12. If the exam body must be fair to Nigerians, they should reprimand their staff members who invigilated, and allowed exam malpractice, these student were taught by the same person, so there is every likely hood that their expression will be similar. How do you justify that,there were malpractices when your supervisors didnt say so. I don’t think this waec board is serious.

  13. Please waec should do the grading again coz what was given to us is unexpected. These are not the outcome to what we did. Please do something about our results for us.?????

  14. Pls my school principal said there’s something the school has to submit to waec and and I noticed that all art students results were released and a few science students pls am at loss what could that be and when should I check back am so worried ??

  15. it’s not easy to hustle and registered for waec and yet find guilty of of malpractice.I pray that our result should be released course I suffered a lot to registered.

  16. Please I beg in the name of God ?, you people should try your best but all I want is for that my result should be good.
    I don’t want to sit again for another exam please release my result.

  17. For over one month now the result of my son and that of some others in the same school is still showing held. There was no case of exam malpractice during the exam. Some students in the same center have their results released while others have their results held. What is the rationale. What is the offense of these students. I think WAEC want to deny people’s children of having admission. This will not be good. Some schools have given ultimatum to their candidates upload their O Level results.
    WAEC, Please release the results of people’s children which you held. It is becoming too much.
    – A concerned parent.

  18. God please I know I have sin against u please forgive me ? my weac result is held and I got 260 in postume exam my school has started giving admission please God help me and others u are also waiting for their result to be released God please touch their minds so they can release it Biko????

  19. Am begging you people in the name of God please ? ? ?… Release our held result .some of us know nothing about this offence
    Please ?

  20. Please, when exactly shall be expecting this HELD RESULT, my son is in there need of it
    I learnt it will come out with 22021 GCE result?
    This has negative implication to University admission
    Can any other thing cause HELD without actually malpractice in all subjects done?
    WEAC – please oooooooooo

  21. it over a month now,
    my held waec is not out,

    please waec board am tired of taking waec exam…do something about this..few of my classmate got their result success, while others are crying..
    God have mercy on us

  22. My results was also withheld
    But after going through this post
    I really want to thank you for all you do.
    May the Good Lord bless you.

  23. They’ve released some results but mine is still held? please waec board should do something about our held results….. it isn’t fair punishing innocent people? imagine what our parents went through trying to get money to pay for our registration ? how about us that was raised with a single parent…??
    Please my mom can’t pay another money for waec registration oo
    U people should do something

  24. Please sir my school is a government school at Owerri imo state I don’t why Wace don’t want to release our results no single person in our school have seen there results some held some are showing error please help us sir tell the Wace board to help us release the results because we didn’t write neco comprehensive secondary School Mbaitiolu

  25. I really suffer on the street hustling for money to get myself registered for my waec . And as well attending tutorials all the time ?. You guys how painful ? it’s right’ , still yet i found my results been held . My pain is that I’m the one who struggle for the money cause my parents are not capable ??. My faith is still on God . God hasn’t fail me in my life till now .
    I’m pleading on the behalf of the students whom there results are been held , that the waec council should have a God pity on us cause it’s not easy at all . And I ask I prayed and believe that God will touch you all heart and change them all with a pity mind for us . Amen ?.

    • Finally I’m back on this website to pray and wish everyone of u that ur results are still in good condition , I pray and believe that God will surely answer you by your faith . So my there brothers and sisters don’t be panic about anything ok keep with ur faith and he will do it through Christ our lord ??Amen .

  26. Please this is my second time of writing wace , and trust me the money wasn’t easy to get help us by releasing please

  27. It happens to me also . Can it be because of government owing Waec that makes Waec to held candidates register under government?

  28. God has done it
    My people don’t be afraid
    Ur results will surely be out soon or now self but keep on praying cause prayer is the key you remember. I’m saying this with joy and confidence cause I have seen mine with perfectly well done but only my marketing was disabled. But all glory to God cause that doesn’t effect me much cause I don’t even need it furthering. So I will appreciate you all to do the same by praying and never be panic as well .

  29. It is not always easy to write and rewrite over and over ?please I need my result that was held cause I really need to enroll in some other schooling process

  30. Please waec tell us something please because we don’t even no what to do right now please help us released our result for us???????????????

  31. Please waec should help us release my brother result please ?, they have withide all his result please help me

  32. Please I need my result all is held and the form I want to enter school is out am waiting for the result please help me ???


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