List of specimens for Biology, Physics and Chemistry practicals for School Candidates in WASSCE 2018

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the list of specimens and equipment to be used by School Candidates writing science practicals in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

In the list below are specimens and equipment for Biology, Physics and Chemistry practicals.  Schools approved for the exams are expected to use these to prepare ahead of this exam.

Please, take not that this is no way a form of examination malpractice as it was officially made available by WAEC. would never encourage any form of examination malpractice. This is provided for preparation purpose only.

List of specimens for Biology practical in WASSCE 2018

WAEC Biology practical specimens 2018

Group 1

Specimen A: A slice of fresh bread.
Specimen B: A slice of bread with mould.
Specimen C: Longitudinal section of hard boiled egg with the shell intact.
Specimen D: Freshly laid egg.
Specimen E: Transverse section of orange/any citrus fruit.
Specimen F: Freshly procured green leafyvegetables(
Specimen G: Fresh stomach of a Goat/Sheep/Cow(small piece)
Specimen H: Fresh Liver of a Goat/Sheep/Cow(small piece)
Specimen J: Fresh Small Intestine of a Goat/Sheep/Cow(small piece).
Specimen K: Fresh Lung of a Goat/Sheep/Cow(small piece).
Specimen L: Fresh Gall bladder of a Goat/Sheep/Cow(with the fluid intact)
Specimen M: Fresh Kidney of a Goat/Sheep/Cow(Longitudinal Section; bilaterally symmetrical)

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Group II

Specimen N: Some Rheodiscolor leaves(about 3cm² in diameter in a petri dish containing water)
Specimen P: Palm fruit(with the outer covering intact)
Specimen Q: Tridax plant(put in a petri dish)
Specimen R: Grasshopper

Group III
Specimen S: Toad(wet preserved)
Specimen T: Freshly uprooted grass species
Specimen U: Brightly coloured lizard(wet preserved)
Specimen V: A branch of Cactus plant
Specimen W: Locust (wet preserved)


(i) Specimen N, P, Q and R are peculiar to candidates in Ghana only and should not be provided for candidates in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
(ii) Specimens S, T, U, V and W are peculiar to candidates in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia only and should not be provided for candidates in Ghana.
(iii) All specimens can be provided as group specimens for fifteen(15) candidates.
(iv) All specimens in each group must carry individual labels(e.g A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M in Group I)

Biology Materials

Glass jar cover or petri dish; scalpel or razor blade; a beaker; a pair of forceps; plain white sheet of paper; magnifying lens/hand lens ; test tubes; iodine solution; white tiles

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List of specimens for Physics practical in WASSCE 2018

WAEC Physics practical Specimen 2018


1. Uniform metre rule;
2. Knife edge;
3. 100g mass labelled N;
4. 50g mass labelled M;
5. Thread – 2m;
6. Sellotape;

1. Beaker (0-500cm3);
2. Thermometer (0-110 degree C);
3. Measuring cylinder (0-500cm3);
4. 50g mass;
5. A pair of tongs;
6. Bunsen burner (source of heat);
7. Tripod stand;
8. Water, wire gauze, stirrer;
9. Stop clock/watch;
10. Flat plank (10cm x 15cm);

1. Variable d.c power supply;
2. (Battery rack capable of containing five 1.5V dry cells in series);
3. 2 ohms standard resistor;
4. Key;
5. Ammeter (0-3A);
6. Voltmeter (0-5V);
7. Six connecting wires.

List of specimens for Chemistry practical in WASSCE 2018

WAEC Chemistry  practical Specimen  2018 

1. one burette of 50cm3 capacity
2. one pipette, either 20cm3 or 25cm3.

All candidates at one centre must use pipettes of the same volume. These should be clean and free from grease
3. The usual apparatus for Titration
4. the usual apparatus and reagents for qualitative work
including the following with all reagents appropriately labelled.
1. (i) glass rod
(ii) aqueous ammonia
(iii) dilute hydrochloric acid
(iv) dilute sodium hydroxide solution
(v) barium chloride solution
(vi) dilute trioxonitrate
(V) acid
(vii) silver trioxonitrate (V) solution
(viii) dilute tetraoxosulphate (VI) acid
5. glass rod
6. filtration apparatus
7. spatula
8. two boiling tubes
9. four test tubes
10. wash bottle containing distilled/deionized water
11. mathematical table/calculator.

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Question 2

Each candidate should be supplied with the following, where ‘n’ is the candidate’s serial number.

1. 150cm3 of ethanedioic acid (H2C204) solution in a corked flask or bottled labelled ‘An’. These should all be the same containing 4.50g of H2C204 per dm3 of solution.
2. 150cm3 of potassium tetraoxomanganate (VII) solution in a corked flask or bottle labelled ‘Bn’.

These should all be the same containing 3.16g of KMnO4 per dm3 of solution.
3. One spatulaful of a uniform mixture of NaCl and ZnCO3 in a specimen bottle labelled ‘Cn’. The components of the mixture should be in the ratio 1:1 by mass.

We sincerely wish all candidates all the best in the exams.

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