WAEC Result: Full Meaning of Held, Withheld, Outstanding (2022 Update)

2022 WAEC Result Update…

Whenever WAEC results are released and candidates go online to check their results, some candidate’s results are usually successful, and while some already know their fate, a few others are always left hanging after checking. They are met with some kind of grammar from the WAEC Result Checker Portal.

Whatsoever response gotten from the WAEC Result Checker Portal, in this article, I will briefly explain the terms used by WAEC to aid those experiencing such issue or the other as the case may be.


What does it mean to have your WAEC Result WITHHELD? What does it mean to have some subjects display ‘OUTSTANDING’ in your WAEC result?  These are some of the questions candidates have been asking on a daily basis, and due to no orientation, they have not been able to get answers to their questions.

Below is a detailed explanation/definition of the terms used by WAEC


A result is usually withheld in a situation whereby almost all the candidates in an exam center appear to have scored the same grades in the subjects written. Without much investigation, WAEC automatically suspects that the center is a special center for exam malpractices and other forms of examination misconduct resulting in WAEC withholding the results of the candidates while they carry out further investigation.

For the investigation, the results of every candidate in that center would be subjected to a scrutiny test. Any result that passes the test would be released, while the latter may never be released.

The results of applicants who participated in examinations conducted by the council are only withheld when they break the West African Examination Council’s guidelines and norms (WAEC).


Most candidates’ results were withheld by WAEC because they participated in examination misconduct throughout the exam.

You can argue that although I do not engage in malpractice, my results are still being withheld; however, you could have copied from someone or had someone else copy from you, which is not acceptable to WAEC.


Following my inquiry, I discovered that most WAEC students hire others to write their exams for them, either because they believe they are not smart enough to clear WAEC or because they have other examination during the time frame.

This is one of the reasons why I occasionally advise candidates not to register for WAEC and JAMB at the same time, even though it is a good idea.

Hiring someone known as machinery to start writing WAEC for you is a poor idea; what if that individual is caught red-handed?


Candidates’ scores may be withheld because of disturbances they cause inside the examination venue; students are advised not to talk to one another throughout the exam; if you have any issues, you can report them to the invigorator.

If you are found cheating, you may be required to fill out a malpractice report, which could result in your results being withheld.


You might be wondering if there is really any difference between a withheld and held result. They may seem to have the same definition to you, but in this case, a held result occurs when there is a remark that has to do with exam malpractice or examination offences written on the candidate’s answer booklet.



A candidate may have an outstanding result in a particular subject written mainly because they were recorded present for that examination, but the total score on that subject has not been concluded. In most cases, it’s usually due to an extra answer sheet not properly attached or improper filling of examination numbers and other basic details.



This is a very common case for candidates who usually register for WAEC in special centres.

Some of these special centres/schools are known to be highly disreputable and have been marked by the WAEC examination body for always conducting exam malpractice. When such a case is reported, the entire result for such that centre is instantly cancelled while further investigations are carried out.


NOTE: Always ensure you fill in all your details accurately when writing your WAEC Exam and checking your WAEC result. Also, make sure your writing is legible. There’s a difference between me and 1, between 0 and O, but candidates at times act carefree and don’t notice the difference. Entering the wrong details when checking their WAEC results could also result in you getting responses such as– No Result For This Candidate in The Specified Year.

If you have any questions on this, feel free to drop it at the comment section below and do well to share this using any of our share buttons.

  1. My results were held, does this mean I won’t see my results 😭😭
    WAEC please release my result

  2. Please, We waec candidates with “outstanding” for a particular subject in our results would love to know when our Grades will be released.

  3. All subjects are graded as “HELD” Nine subjects in all. What is the step one can take to redress this situation as there was no indication of examination malpractice or offence at the point of examination? No breach or confrontation with invigilators or examination officers, whatsoever, at the examination venue.

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