The transition from the ninth year of the basic education class to the senior secondary, the BECE is compulsory for candidates in their third year of the Junior Secondary School otherwise known as the Upper Basic School. The Bauchi State MOE administers eleven subjects at the BECE level. A candidate is expected to sit for a minimum of five and maximum of nine subjects. A candidate is deemed to have passed the BECE if he/she has passes in five subjects including English and Mathematics.

The grading system is as follows:
A - Distinction
C - Credit
P - Pass
F - Fail