Understanding the Processes of the GCE Board

Syllabuses play a key role in assessment of GCE examinations. Syllabuses are often provided in paper form or online. They give an outline and summary of topics to be covered in an examination, or a training course.

When the outline covers an examination, it is referred to as an Examination syllabus and when it covers a Training course, it is called a Teaching syllabus.

Syllabus requirements 

A syllabus usually contains specific information about the course. It also provides an outline of what will be covered in the course. The booklet bearing regulations and syllabuses of the GCE Board, June 2009, has adopted a standard form of presentation.    

Test Development (CTT and IRT)


Testing is the heart of the GCE Board. It takes a considerable amount of time to run through this exercise. It comprises several interrelated processes. Effective testing requires a systematic, detailed-oriented approach based on sound theoretical principles.

A question is a task (cognitive or psychomotor) requiring a response. Examination questions take different forms depending on the purpose for which are intended.

They may be essay, structural/supply, multiple choice (MCQ) or practical type. When constituted in a question paper, they became to tool used in investigation whether a candidate effectively acquired the target skills and competences during the period of study. 

Question Moderation

Subject Officials (Assessors, Chief/assistant Examiners & some experienced Examiners ) are invited to converge at the Board for a period of 3-5 days in an exercise that is known as ‘Question Moderation’.

Using the raw test items form the examiners, the subject panels now systematically constitute the different question papers for each subject. Subject panels may be required to produce two or three sets of each paper of a subject depending on the state of the question bank for that subject.

Each of the question paper is developed following the specifications that are indicated on a Test Blueprint or Table of Specification (TOS). A test Blueprint is a tool that ensures appropriate balance between the content and the abilities to be tested in each question paper.

The proposed marking guides are also prepared at the stage. Manuscript Drafting Sheets (MDS) are essentially used to constitute the raw test items into complete question papers.  

Question Typesetting.

Question for each subject and paper are then submitted to the Division of Technical Services by the Examination Officers for typesetting and formatting into the Cameroon GCE Board standard format. This exercise is necessary only for the questions that were received in hard copies.

The Board is gradually insisting, the subject officials should submit soft and hard copies of the question papers so that in the near future, this step will be completely eliminated in the test preparation process at the GCE Board.

Pre-Testing (MCQ)

Pre-testing involves administering moderated test items to be sample group of candidates similar to the population for the final examination. It is a process of testing the test to collect data for use in determining how well the test measures the construct of interest. Pre-testing is also referred to as:

  • Field testing
  • Pilot testing
  • Trial-testing

The GCE Board carries out pre-testing of all the Multiple Choice Question (MCQs) or test items used in its examinations. MCQs are only used for all “Paper 1” components of the examinations.

Question Proof-reading.

After some time (say five months) the subject panels are again invited to come and work on the questions in an exercise that is Christened as ‘Proof Reading’.

During this stage of the work, the subject officials do final scrutiny of the questions to ascertain that they are good quality questions for future use as an examination. A period of time is given between question moderation and proofreading in order to mitigate the effects of tunnel vision.

Tunnel vision effects occur when your familiarity with the content of a text or subject matter blurs your alertness to the errors and other weaknesses inherent in the text.

Banking (Paper set/Group Banking, Item Banking)

An item bank is a collection of test items that may be easily assessed for use in preparing examinations. Use of an item bank and a good item banking software is a solution to the effort and expense of preparing new items for each administration of an assessment.

With a good item bank, where items are indexed according to their class of knowledge and their psychometric characteristics, items are easily retrievable for use in an assessment. An excellent item banking system also provides automation and standardization essential to developing and maintaining effective tests.

However, item banking at the GCE Board is synonymous to question storage, where:

  • Moderated items when vetted, are compiled into full examination paper and kept along with their corresponding tables of specifications. A recording is then kept, both in hard and soft forms, of the number of question sets per subject in the bank.
  • Considering that many sets are moderated and proofread each year, questions are kept in the bank long enough to cure/mature before they are administered. A period of three (3) years is usually required for any questions put in the bank in the bank to mature before they can be used as a live examination.

Test Administration 

  • It is a process whereby the testing Body (GCE Board) provides a favorable atmosphere for obtaining good responses from testees.
  • It also validates a rigorous and meticulous procedure which spans from the creation of registration and accommodation centers to the reception and dispatch of scripts to marking centers, and eventual publication of results.
  • Supervisors are appointed and briefed on the conduct of the GCE examinations. Invigilators are however appointed by Principals of School and Chief of Centers.
  • Here is a superintendent appointed by the Registrar for each of the schools where the examination is conducted.
  • Where candidates are more than 1000, an assistant superintendent is appointed. Superintendents are deployed to schools other than those where they teach.

This practice is a security measure to check on the Board’s property and its security. The ensuring reports serve as a quality control measure on the entire exercise.

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Information on GCE/TVEE Registration 2021

Today, we will show you the Step by step process when proceeding with the GCE/TVEE Registration 2021 Procedure.

The Cameroon General Certificate of Education (GCE Board) will organize and run the 2021 GCE registration process to help reduce the crowdedness at normal registration centers and also to enable external candidates to register for the examination smoothly.

Over the years, registering for the GCE exam manually in different centers has often been an issue. This time around, the entire process is easier.

GCE Registration 2021, TVEE Registration 2021
GCE Registration 2021, TVEE Registration 2021


The GCE/TVEE Registration process has been highly applauded by both parents and students, given that, it eases the registration process and cuts off certain ghost costs usually inflated by “long throat” administrators in the registration centers.

It equally helps avoid loss of data and certain nuances since everything can be tracked through an online database globally.

Steps To Perform The Cameroon GCE/TVEE Registration 2021 Process In Cameroon

The Cameroon GCE/TVEE Registration 2021 Process is in three stages, which include:

  1. Entering information on the online portal or software always made available by the GCE Board within the period of registration.
  2. Payment of the registration and subject fees using the Mobile Money Service.
  3. Submission of registration files.

Important Things

  • Candidates are expected to have read all instructions with respect to the eligibility (Who is qualified for the GCE examination online registration) and the procedure to be followed in order to do the Registration correctly.
  • Ordinary level candidates are expected to register for at least four subjects which must include English Language, French, and Mathematics.
  • Advanced Level candidates must register for at least two subjects.
  • Aspiring Candidates registering for the exam are advised to do so with the stipulated time frame. This is because the online system runs on automated software that shuts down when the closing date reaches. 
  • The examination is normally at two levels which include GCE Ordinary level written at form five and GCE Advanced Level written at Upper Sixth.
  • The Cameroon GCE Board has both GCE Technical (for technical school candidates) and GCE General (for general education candidates).

Check out: New Examination Structure for English Technical Schools in Cameroon (ATC & ITC).

  • Candidates who wish to sit in for the exam are always advised to put in their possible best to see into it that they register within the time frame put by the GCE Board. This is because it is no longer as it was in those manual days where the principal could always try to help late comers and or the latter simply paid late entry fees.

Today, the system runs on an automated program and once it is the closing date, it automatically stops operating.

Cameroon GCE Online Registration Fees For 2021

GCE 2020 Registration Fee:

A fixed registration fee is being paid with respect to the type and level of the examination to be registered.

  • Candidates Registering for the GCE Ordinary Level pay a registration fee of 8,000 FCFA
  • Candidates Registering for the GCE Advanced Level pay a registration fee of 9,000 FCFA.

GCE 2020 Fees per subject:

The fee per subject also varies with respect to the level of the examination.

  • GCE Ordinary Level candidates pay 1,000 FCFA per subject while GCE.
  • Advanced Level candidates pay 2,000 FCFA per subject.

GCE 2020 Practical Fees:

Any candidate registering a subject having a practical session shall pay an extra fee of 5,000 FCFA per practical session for both GCE Ordinary and GCE Advanced Level.

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TVE 2021 Registration information to candidates

This is the TVE 2021 Registration information to candidates, Bearing on Information to Candidates for the 2021 Registration. The Deadline for the TVE 2021 registration is near and all GCE Candidates are advised to rush and register to avoid late registration fees.

The following and any additional instructions were given to you by your Chief of Centre must be
strictly respected. The Board will NOT accept entries that fail to comply with these instructions.


  1. Take along the following documents to the chief of the center for registration:
    • Clean and clear 3r photocopy of Birth Certificate
    • Clean and clear photocopy of National Identity Card for External Candidates
    • Clean and clear photocopy of Ordinary Level Results Slips or any relevant certificate for those registering for Advanced Technical and Vocational Education Examinations, and those going in for single subjects’ registration.
  2. Consult the Examination Timetable for the June 2021 session available at the Centre as well as the List of Specialties (Form T5) before making any entry to ensure that your choice of subjects does not clash. No adjustments will be made if clashes occur with any other subject, examination, or event. Candidates shall not be allowed to sit in for a subject that is not on their Individual Timetable.

[Also Read] Creation of GCE Registration and Accommodation Centres.

Closing date for TVE 2021 registration

The Deadline for the TVE 2021 registration: Friday, January 15th 2021

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TVE 2021 Registration information

Examination Fees

Three types of examination fees are payable, namely:

  • Registration Fee
  • Subject Fee
  • Practical Fee

All fees must be paid ONLY through MTN Cameroon Mobile Money. Do not pay your money to any other person. The 1000 FCFA for the franking of Form G3/T3) shall be paid ONLY to the Chief of Centre.

Advanced Level Entry, Ordinary Level Entry, Registration Fee, Subject Fee Practical Fee can be read [HERE]

All fees must be paid ONLY through MTN Cameroon Mobile Money. Do not pay your money to any other person. The 1000 FCFA for the franking of Form T3 (Ministerial letter N° 00005452/MINFI/SG/DGI of 19th August 2019) shall be paid ONLY to the Chief of Centre.

Registration Fee

  1. Intermediate Level entry 8,000 FCFA
  2. Advanced Level entry 9,000 FCFA

Subject Fee

  1. Intermediate Level entry 1,000 FCFA per subject
  2. Advanced Level entry 2,000 FCFA per subject

Practical Fee

  1. Intermediate Level entry 5,000 FCFA per subject
  2. Advanced Level entry 5,000 FCFA per subject

No form will be accepted by the Board without the payment of all corresponding examination fees and attached copies of all relevant documents. Check your receipt to be sure that the subject entries and fees are correct.

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