WAEC Result: Meaning of No Result, Held, Withheld & Outstanding
West African Examination Council, WAEC School Candidates [May/June], Private Candidates [GCE] Held, Withheld, Outstanding and Pending Results Meaning and Updates.
Every year candidates are faced with either any of the challenges above after their examination results are been released by the council.

Many keep asking what does the council means by the Terms being displayed on the candidates subjects results, well we will be discussing that in a bit.

What does it mean when a candidate see his or result as WAEC held/witheld results? What does it mean to have Outstanding in some subjects in WAEC result? What does it mean to be replied by WAEC server with ‘No Result For This Candidate in the specified year‘?


This year alone, According to the West African Examination Council (WAEC) Result Statistics: The results of Seventy Thousand, One Hundred and Forty-Six (170,146) candidates, representing 10.9% of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice. 

2021 WAEC May/June & GCE Held, Withheld, Outstanding & No Result Updates

1. Meaning of WAEC Withheld WAEC Result

This occurs when almost all the candidates in a particular centre had same grade [i.e copying from another candidate]. WAEC will further investigate the result. If truly the candidates engaged in any form of malpractice during the exam, such results and subject affected in that center would be cancelled entirely. But if reverse is the case, they would be released.

Possibility of Release: Slim

2. Meaning of WAEC Held Result

'Held' means such candidate has violated the rules & regulations guiding the conduct of the examination. National Examination Council which is NEC will meet to decide the fate of such candidate.

Possibility of Release: Slim

NB: Results of candidates are usually 'Held/Withheld' for further investigations when there's a report(s) that those candidates had violated the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of the examination..

3. Meaning of Outstanding/Pending in WAEC Result

'Outstanding' means 'Pending' and this occurs as a result of errors committed by candidates either during registration and or examination. Such errors are usually corrected and results of candidates released subsequently.

Possibility of Release: High

4. Meaning of ‘No Result For This Candidate in the specified year‘ in WAEC Result

This often happened to candidates that registered with special centres, Or candidates whose center has issues with WAEC, well affected candidates are to keep checking the WAEC portal as he result will definitely be released after proper investigation.

Possibility of release: Medium.

NOTE: If you are not guilty of any examination offenses and your result shows any of the tags stated above, there is high possibility of release.

If after the NEC Meeting and your results or subject are not being released or being held just note that it has been cancelled.

Always follow WAEC NEC Meeting Updates after each examination by clicking on the link.

See Also: Cases that Leads to Cancellation of entire WAEC Results Here.

NB: Other candidates that might not see their results are candidates whose state government sponsored their examinations and are yet to pay the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

According to WAEC some state governments are owing and for this reason the results of the sponsored candidates would be withheld until the concerned governments pay up.

So as a student, to avoid panic and fear do well to confirm if your State Government is Owing WAEC and until they clear their debts all Public Secondary Schools in such a state will have their results withheld.