Comparison between Matric and O-Level

Just like Matric, O-Level education usually spans three years in most popular schools. Some schools teach them in two years as well, but they are the exception to the norm. Whereas both are supposed to be grades 9 to 11, O-Level education is preferred far more because of its rigorous education and concept-based learning. In fact, O-Level education is even preferred to American Highschool. Below is a table which outlines all the major differences between Matric and O-Level.

 

Local Matric

O-Level/IGCSE

Boards

BISE

CIE; Pearson-Edexcel

Agency that conducts the exams

BISE

British Council

No. of times regular exams conducted

1

2

Supplementary exam

September

No supplementary exam

Examination Month

March – May

May – June;

Oct. – Nov.

No. of subjects

5 Compulsory, 3 Elective

Locally: 5 Compulsory, 3 or more elective.

 

Internationally: Any 5 are required

Marking

Out of 1050 or 1100

Grades from A* to E

Failing a subject

Fail

U-Grade (Ungraded)

Passing all subjects in one attempt

Required

Not Required

Exam Fee

All subjects

Per Subject

If a student fails one subject

Will appear in all subjects again

Will appear only in the subject he/she failed

No. of certificates

1

1 or more

Equivalence Authority

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IBCC