Common Entrance 2024: Start Date, Eligibility, Registration Guide and Past Questions

Last updated on May 18th, 2024 at 12:30 pm

This post will cover: 

  • Exam Date: The official date for the 2024 National Common Entrance Examination.
  • Eligibility: Who can take the exam (age and grade requirements).
  • Registration: How to register for the exam (steps and deadlines).
  • Subjects: The subjects covered in the exam (list and brief overview).
  • Preparation: Top tips for effective exam preparation and study resources.
  • Past Questions: Why they’re important and where to find them.

The Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) is a fundamental exam for admission into Nigerian Federal and State Unity Colleges by the Nigerian government. 

Without the Common Entrance Examination (NCEE), there can’t be admittance into any junior secondary school education. 

What is the Common Entrance Examination (NCEE)?

The Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) is usually conducted by the National Examination Council (NECO) in various batches. For example, there is the State Common Entrance Exam, there is the Federal Common Entrance Exam. The exam is designed for Primary 6 school leavers to proceed their education into junior basic classes, Basic 7 to 9 otherwise known as JSS 1-3.

The Federal NCEE Exam is an annual exam organized by NECO, candidates are usually required to register and sit for the exam. Admission into colleges like Federal Government Colleges are even more competitive. 

What is the Common Entrance Exam Pass Mark?

The NCEE doesn’t have a universal pass mark. Instead, each state sets its own cut-off scores based on the available spaces in its unity schools and the overall performance of candidates. Moreover, different federal colleges have their own cut off marks. 

However, a general cut off mark ranges between 60-80%. 

The Common Entrance Exam has a total of 200 marks, divided across four subject areas:

  • Mathematics: 40 marks
  • Basic Science: 10 marks
  • English: 40 marks
  • Social Studies: 20 marks
  • Quantitative Aptitude: 40 marks
  • Vocational Aptitude: 10 marks
  • Verbal Aptitude: 40 marks

Each state in Nigeria has its own pass mark for the exam, reflecting the different levels of educational development across the country.

How Can I Prepare My Child for the Common Entrance Exam?

Conventionally, the best way to prepare your child is through the use of The Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) past questions and answers, they are provided on the website. 

Other ways are to use their class notes, textbooks, the popular UGO C. UGO or even enroll him with a tutor. 

However, 72% of students who used past questions for exam study performed 25% better than students who did not.  So it is extremely essential to utilize past questions from other years. has combined the most recent 2023 past questions for your ease. Just check it here. 

Create a timetable for the child and make sure he sticks to it. 

To manage anxiety, these strategies are effective. 

  • Positive self-talk
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Getting enough sleep and exercise

How Many Subjects Are There in Common Entrance?

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Verbal Aptitude
  • General Knowledge/Current Affairs

The number of compulsory subjects written in the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) in Nigeria is four.

These subjects are:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Basic Science
  • Social Studies

The exam format may differ but these are the subjects to expect questions from.  2024 questions are typical of 2023 Past NCEE questions. 

Structure of the NCEE

The NCEE consists of two papers:

Paper I

  • Part A: Mathematics and Basic Science and Technology
  • Part B: English and National Values Education

Paper II

  • Part A: Quantitative and Vocational Aptitude
  • Part B: Verbal Aptitude

What Date is Common Entrance 2024?

Saturday, June 1st, 2024, at 8:00 AM.

Initially, the exam was scheduled to hold on April 20th 2024 but has now been scheduled. You can subscribe to our newsletter to get information if anything has changed. 

FREE Common Entrance Past Questions for the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE)

There are free past questions and answers, but they are not the best. See the free past questions here >> download Common Entrance 

Preparing for Common Entrance Mathematics

Some of the most difficult topics primary 5 and 6 students face is in simplification, LCM and HCF. 

In our past questions and answers, we provide a very detailed solution to that. Because we understand the difficulty of young learners. 

However, here is a YouTube video that teaches that so well. 

Link >> Watch

Here is also an app that teaches Primary 6 Mathematics so well.

Link >> Watch

Here are some tips for mastering mathematical concepts:

  • Start with the basics and build a strong foundation.
  • Practice regularly with a variety of problem types.
  • Seek help from teachers or tutors for difficult topics.

English Proficiency in Common Entrance

Understanding written and spoken English is not only undeniably essential for NCEE Exams, but throughout your academic journey in general. Hence, putting in your best to learn it as early as possible can be really rewarding. Have you tried some books like Dele Ashade, Invisible Teacher? Or Fundamental Formula of English Language. They are designed for higher exams but very simple to understand. With a tutor, your child can learn this faster and even Basic mathematics will be easy. 

Other strategies for improving English:

  • Read widely, including fiction and non-fiction books.
  • Practice writing essays and summaries.
  • Expand vocabulary through word games and puzzles.

Finally, it’s important you focus on English Language from the past questions especially on Comprehensive, Lexis And Structure. 

Eligibility criteria For the Common Entrance Examination (NCEE)

  1. Students are required to be 10 years or more as at the time of registration 
  2. Students are required to be in primary 6
  3. Students are expected to be academic sound 

Registration process


  • Email
  • Phone number 
  • 2 passport sized photographs
  • Birth Certificate 

The registration must be done with January 15 and June 1st, 2024. 

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Fill out the application form accurately.

Step 3: Upload required documents (passport photograph, birth certificate).

Step 4: Pay the registration fee; N4,750.00 

Step 5: Print the registration slip. This slip will be presented on Exam day. 

The deadline must be bear in mind, June 1st. 

Exam syllabus for the Common Entrance Examination (NCEE)

Paper I

  • Mathematics:
    • Number and numeration
    • Basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
    • Fractions and decimals
    • Percentages
    • Ratio and proportion
    • Measurement (length, weight, capacity, time)
    • Geometry (shapes, angles, perimeter, area)
    • Statistics (data collection, representation, interpretation)
  • Basic Science & Technology:
    • Living and non-living things
    • Plants and animals
    • Human body and health
    • Weather and climate
    • Matter and materials
    • Energy and its uses
    • Simple machines
    • Information and communication technology (ICT)
  • English:
    • Reading comprehension
    • Vocabulary and spelling
    • Grammar and punctuation
    • Composition (letter writing, essay writing)
  • National Values Education:
    • Citizenship and national identity
    • Rights and responsibilities
    • Moral values and ethics
    • Social norms and culture
    • Environmental conservation

Paper II

  • Quantitative & Vocational Aptitude:
    • Number and numeration
    • Basic operations
    • Measurement
    • Geometry
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Logical reasoning
    • Spatial visualization
    • Basic mechanical and technical concepts
  • Verbal Aptitude:
    • Vocabulary and word relationships (synonyms, antonyms, analogies)
    • Verbal reasoning (completing sentences, identifying errors)
    • Reading comprehension
  • Exam day instructions

Get early to your exam venue with your print out slip fully prepared. It important you go with your ward to assist him with any issues. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How many subjects are written in a common entrance exam?

The NCEE consists of two papers, assessing a total of five subjects:

  • Paper I: Mathematics, Basic Science & Technology, English, and National Values Education.
  • Paper II: Quantitative & Vocational Aptitude and Verbal Aptitude.

Has NECO registration for 2024 started?

Yes, registration for the NCEE 2024 is currently open and has been extended until Saturday, June 1st, 2024. You can register your child through the official NECO website.

What date is common entrance 2024?

The official date for the National Common Entrance Examination in 2024 is Saturday, June 1st, 2024, at 8:00 AM. Please note that this date was revised due to low initial registration numbers. Always stay updated with official announcements from NECO for the most accurate information.

How many subjects are there in the common entrance exam?

The NCEE assesses students in five core subjects:

  • Paper I: Mathematics, Basic Science & Technology, English, and National Values Education.
  • Paper II: Quantitative & Vocational Aptitude and Verbal Aptitude.

How can I prepare my child for the common entrance exam?

Preparing your child for the NCEE involves a multi-faceted approach:

  • Structured Study Plan: Create a study schedule that covers all subjects and allows ample time for revision.
  • Diverse Resources: Utilize recommended textbooks, online courses, and tutoring services (if needed).
  • Practice with Past Questions: Regularly practice with NCEE past questions to familiarize your child with the exam format and question types.
  • Stress Management: Help your child develop strategies to manage exam anxiety, such as deep breathing exercises and positive self-talk.
  • Healthy Habits: Ensure your child gets enough sleep, eats nutritious meals, and exercises regularly to maintain focus and energy levels.

What is the common entrance exam pass mark?

There isn’t a single, fixed pass mark for the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE). Each state sets its own cut-off mark based on various factors, including the number of available spaces in unity schools and the overall performance of candidates within the state. While typical pass marks often range around 60%, it’s crucial to check the official NECO website or contact the relevant state ministry of education for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

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