The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is the leading educational body in Nigeria that provides a General Certificate of Education (GCE) to the country's youth and students. Due to common mistakes students often made before taking the exam --- failing to print their names, gender identification or exam numbers into the prefabricated texts boxes on the front of the test --- incomplete or failing grades often result. Replacing your WACE GCE exam number is an effortless process --- even if you lose your photo ID card --- because teachers and administrators want every student to avoid failure via an unnecessary technicality.

Contact the WAEC Headquarters. Inform administrators of the loss of your photo card and you need to acquire a GCE number. Provide the administrator with two forms of personal ID or a previously obtained examination registration receipt. Contact the WAEC Headquarters at: Research Division & Headquarters Office, 3 Watchtower Avenue, Onipanu, Somolu, Lagos, Private Mail Bag 1076. Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria or waechqrslagos@yahoo.com.

Communicate with the Nigeria National Office (NNO) and repeat the process in step one to ensure an expeditious response. Write to the NNO via hard or electronic mail at: NNO, 21 Hussey Street, Yaba, Private Mail Bag 1022, Yaba, Lagos or hnowaeclagos@yahoo.co.uk.

Write to the University of London International Programs Center for additional assistance if necessary: The Information Center, University of London, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DN or call 44-0-20-7862-8360.

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