Get Back Lost Centre/Exam Number WAEC, NECO or NABTEB

Get Back Lost Centre/Exam Number WAEC, NECO or NABTEB


I wrote the NABTEB exam in May/June of 2022.

I have travelled to another town far from where I wrote my exams.

I have lost my exam number or centre. I can only remember the seat number I used then.

Is there a way I can get the centre number here so that I can check my result?


NOTE: This post will address the same and similar issues about WAEC, NECO and GCE. Kindly read to know the way out of your own situation.

How to Get Lost NABTEB Centre/Exams Number Back

Sorry about your situation brother or sister.

As of the time of this post (June 2022), NABTEB doesn’t give an official list of their centres and their attached numbers. Hence, you may not have direct access to such information through me.

However, I had done some findings for you. I got a link to the list of their centres up to 2017. But there was a problem.

The list is not active when last I checked.

1. Check Online for the Exams Number

It’s possible that, by the time you (or anyone else is) reading this post, the exams body has restored the list. You can copy and paste the link to your browser –

You may be lucky.

Meanwhile, if it opens by any chance, it may still not contain the centre numbers. If it does, best of luck.


2. Travel Back to the Centre, Call the Coordinator or Send a Proxy

If the suggestion above doesn’t work, you should consider travelling back to the town of the exam and ask for this number directly from the centre.

Those centres should keep records of individual applicants too.

You can skip that hurdle if you still have phone access to the centre or if there’s anybody who can help you get their number.

Another means is to send a person you know in the town or around to help you contact the centre and get their number.

3. Contact a Candidate for the Same Exams

In most cases, candidates who still have access to a friend or colleague that wrote the exams at the same centres can get the centre numbers from such other candidates.

Once your old friend still has his exam slip or photo card with him, he can help you with the centre number.

This works even for those people who had forgotten both the centre number and their seat numbers.

Once you know someone behind or in front of him during the exams, you get your way out.

What you do is get the candidate in front or at the back and ask for his or her number.

Then, you add 1 or minus 1 from the seat number (depending on your own sitting) to get yours.

I want to believe one of the suggestions above will help you out of this mess.


Lost NECO Centre/Exams Number?

Even though you asked about NABTEB, I answer to cover all exams. For the sake of another reader who might have lost his or her NECO centre or exam number, let’s address that too.

NECO has a centre number though, candidates are not to check their results with centre numbers. Instead, a specific exam number is issued to each candidate. This is what you’re to check your result with.

The number is 10 digits (before 2021). It looks like this is 54890011EF (all NECO results before 2021). From 2021 to date, the NECO registration number is 12 digits e.g 2120031522HG

This is how the exam body’s result-checking system will identify you. Hence, you won’t need your centre number to check the NECO result.

If you lost this number, only option 2 above is available for you to get the number back. Option 1 is out of your reach on the internet and option 3 won’t work because candidates’ numbers in NECO do not follow in numerical or alphabetic order.

Lost WAEC Centre/Exams Number?

Candidates will need the combination of centre number and seat number/serial number to check WAEC results – be it school candidates or private candidates WAEC.

The 11-digit WAEC exam number will look like this 42091234101. This is also called your index number. Whereas, the first 8 numbers are the centre numbers and the last 3 are serial or seat numbers.

If you’ve lost the number, the three options are open to you.

Officially, for the Requirements for Retrieval of Photo Card, below is the procedure the exam body wants you to follow:

  1. Visit the WAEC office close to you and submit the following items
  2. Affidavit for Loss of Examination Number (bring with you the Treasury Receipt);
  3. A Passport Photo;
  4. Processing Fee of 2,000 Naira;
  5. Result Checking & Printing Fee of 950 Naira.

However, in order to check them for a lost WAEC centre number online, check my, 15265+ Correct and Complete Official WAEC Centres and Numbers.

You can also access your certificate through the WAEC digital certificate platform. Here, you will be able to retrieve your registration number, after logging in. You will be charged ₦3,000.00 for a successful recovery of your