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The European Baccalaureate

The Secondary School cycle is validated by the European Baccalaureate at the end of year 7. The certificate awarded is fully recognised in all the European Union countries, as well as in a number of others. Those awarded the certificate enjoy the same rights and advantages as other holders of school-leaving certificates in their respective countries, including the same right as nationals with equivalent qualifications to seek admission to any university or institution of higher education in the European Union.
The Examining Board, which oversees the examinations in all language sections, is chaired by a university professor and is composed of examiners from each country of the Union. They are appointed annually by the Board of Governors and must meet the requirements laid down in their home countries for appointment to examining boards of the same level.
The Baccalaureate examination assesses performance in the subjects taught in the sixth and seventh years, and to qualify for admission pupils must have completed at least the last two classes of the secondary course at the European school.
The assessment of each candidate consists of two elements:

  • Part 1: a preliminary mark based on course-work, oral participation in class and tests during the 7th class, which counts for 50 per cent of the marks.
  • Part 2: at the end of year 7: five written examinations, which represent 35 per cent of the marks and three oral examinations, which count for 15 per cent of the marks.
    For the exact details see the link below "BAC choices".

To obtain the Baccalaureate, a candidate must obtain a minimum of 60 per cent.
The close scrutiny of the Examining Board, which demands double correction and may require a third, guarantees the high level and quality of the Baccalaureate. The certificate is thus awarded only to pupils having the competence and knowledge required to go on to tertiary education.