The National Examination Council (NECO) has officially released its practical Specimen/ Instructions to schools in preparation for the NECO 2023 June/July SSCE for school candidates. The 2023 NECO Practical specimen is out and can be accessed below.
2023 NECO Agricultural Science Practical Specimen/ Instructions to School
2 (a) The provision of specimens, materials, and equipment for the examination is your responsibility.
(b)i. Each candidate should be provided with the following specimens labelled accordingly:
A – WATERING CAN
B – PLIER
C – KNAPSACK SPRAYER
D – LITMUS PAPER
E – COW DUNG
F – LIMESTONE
G – CLAYEY SOIL (POWDERY FORM)
H – YAM TUBER
I – CASSAVA TUBER
J – ORANGE FRUIT
K – GROUNDNUT CAKE
L – HIDES AND SKIN
M – DIGESTIVE TRACT OF A BIRD
ii. Where a specimen is not readily available in sufficient quantity, it should be shared between small groups of candidates.
3. REPORT FORM
The report form is provided separately on which the following information must be stated:
(a) Details of the specimens and materials provided,
(b) Any difficulty experienced by candidates especially if the examiner would not be able to discover it from the scripts.
4. A completed report form must be enclosed in an envelope containing the scripts.
2023 NECO Biology Practical Specimen/ Instructions to School
2. Each candidate should bring to the examination hall laboratory:
(a) sharpened pencil (HB)
(b) an eraser
(c) a ruler
(d) a sharp razor blade or scalpel or knife
3. The school should provide the following for the candidates:
(i) Iodine solution
(iii) Million’s reagent
4. Candidates should be provided with the following specimens during the examination:
A – Land snail
B – Toad
C – Spider
D – Crayfish
E – Spirogyra filaments
F – Mucor/Rhizopus
G – Groundnut seedling (A week old)
H – Maize secdling (A week old)
I – Microscope
J – Slide (plain)
K – Pigeon
L – Agama Lizard
M – Rat
N – Tilapia
5. If it is not possible to provide each candidate with all the specimens and apparatus, a set of specimens can be provided for groups of not more than ten (10) candidates.
(i) This report proforma should be released to the teacher who will set up the practicals for the candidates on the day of the examination.
(ii) A completed teacher’s report form must be enclosed in each envelope of scripts being returned to the Council.
(iii) On the report form, the teacher is requested to:
(a) Supply all necessary information with regard to the type of specimens provided.
(b) Report any general difficulty regarding the procurement of the specimen
(c) Report any particular problem experienced by any candidate during the examination.
2023 NECO Chemistry Practical Specimen/ Instructions to School
1. Great care should be taken to ensure that the information given below does not reach the candidates either directly or indirectly before the examination.
2. In addition to the apparatus and reagents expected to be available in a Secondary School Chemistry Laboratory, each candidate will require the following:
(a) One burette (50cm³)
(b) One pipette (20cm³ or 25 cm³)
However, all candidates in a centre must use pipettes of the same volume.
(c) The usual apparatus for filtration.
(d) The usual apparatus and reagents for qualitative work including:
(i) Dilute sodium hydroxide solution
(ii) Dilute ammonia solution
(iii) Dilute hydrochloric acid
(iv) Barium chloride solution
(v) Distilled water
(vi) Red and blue litmus paper
(viii) Methyl orange
(ix) One boiling tube
(xi) Five test tubes
(xii) Source of heat
(xiii) Wash bottle containing distilled water
(xiv) Filtration apparatus
3. Each candidate should be supplied with the following:
(a) 150 cm³ of tetraoxosulphate (VI) acid solution in a corked flask or bottle labelled ‘Aₙ’. These should all be the same containing 2.20 cm³ of concentrated tetraoxosulphate (VI) acid per dm³ of solution.
(b) 150 cm³ of sodium trioxocarbonate (IV) solution in a corked flask or bottle labelled ‘Bₙ’. These should all be the same containing 3.6 g of sodium
trioxocarbonate(IV) pellets per dm³ of solution.
(c) One spatulaful of Na₂CO₃ in a corked specimen botte labelled Cₙ
Note: ‘n’ is the candidate’s serial number.
4. In all cases, more materials may be given if required.
5. The actual concentrations of A and B must be stated on the Teacher’s report form while the candidates should make use of the concentration stated in the question paper.
6. Please, do not substitute any substance or solution for those specified in these instructions.
ARRANGEMENT AND SERIAL NUMBERS OF CANDIDATES
7. Places for work by candidates in the laboratory should be numbered serially, and the candidates allotted these places strictly in order of their examination numbers
8. The number of every specimen supplied to each candidate should tally with his/her serial number. If a candidate is absent, his/her serial number must not be allotted to another candidate.
9. If candidates are divided into sets, the serial numbers should be continued through the sets to ensure that no serial number is repeated.
10. Ensure that the candidates record their serial numbers and their examination number on the cover pages of their answer booklets at the beginning of the examination.
11. Ensure that a completed Teacher’s Report Form is enclosed in each envelope of scripts. This report form is provided separately.
12. Carry out the titration required of the candidates in question 1 and record the titre values which should be at least, one decimal place in the spaces provided for these in the Teacher’s Report Form. Verify the titre values before recording them.
13. All difficulties experienced by candidates should be reported, especially if the examiner would be unable to discover these from the scripts.
2023 NECO Physics Practical Specimen/ Instructions to School
1. Adequate measure should be taken to ensure that the information given below does not reach the candidates either directly or indirectly before the Examination.
2. In addition to the usual apparatus in a physics laboratory, each candidate will require mathematical tables and geometrical instruments. In questions 1, 2 and 3, the apparatus listed below are required.
Retort stand and clamp
Masses of 50, 70, 90, 110 and 130 g
Rectangular glass block
4 optical pins
30 cm ruler
4 drawing pins
2V Accumulator or two 1.5 V dry Leclanche cell
10 connecting wires
Torch light bulb
CONDUCT OF THE PHYSICS PRACTICAL TEST
3. The following announcements should be made to the candidates at the beginning of the examination.
“The Examiner does not want you to waste your time because you cannot proceed with an experiment. Therefore, any candidate who cannot get on with the experiment after spending ¼ hour on it should call on me and ask for help”.
4. The Physics teacher is allowed to give a hint to any of the candidates who are unable to proceed with the experiment.
5. The following regulations must be strictly adhered to:
(a) No hint may be announced to the candidates as a whole
(b) A candidate who is unable to proceed and requires assistance must call on the teacher and state his/her difficulty
(c) The candidate(s) should be told that the Examiner will be informed of any assistance given in this way
(d) A note must be made on the Report Form of any assistance given to any of the candidates with the name and examination number of the candidate
6. The Report Form is provided separately on which the following should be stated:
(a) Detailed information about the apparatus where necessary
(b) Any particular difficulty experienced by any of the candidates, especially if the Examiner would be unable to discover this from the scripts
(c) Any departure from the specific items which could not be avoided
(d) Any assistance given to the candidate(s) under the regulations explained in “5”.
7. Where several sets of apparatus are provided for a question and specific information about the apparatus is required by the Examiner, each piece of apparatus must be clearly marked with letters A, B, C, D etc. Also, the corresponding information must be clearly reported, showing which apparatus was supplied to which candidate. The candidate(s) should be instructed to record these letters on their script(s).
8. You must enclose a completed Report Form in each envelope of scripts.