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The Matriculation and Secondary Education Certificate (MATSEC) Examinations Board was established in 1991 by the Senate and the Council of the University of Malta. The Board was entrusted with the development of an examination system to replace the GCE Ordinary and Advanced level examinations set by UK examination boards. The new board also took over the function of the Matriculation Board which also used to set examinations at Ordinary and Advanced level in a number of subjects. Indeed, the MATSEC Board holds records of Matriculation examinations that go back to the late 19th century.

 Developments in the Matriculation Certificate Examination

1. With effect from the September 2012 examination session, each year candidates from sixth forms and private candidates will be allowed to sit for as many subjects of the Matriculation Certificate (at Intermediate and Advanced Levels) as they wish in the May session and, due to time-table constraints, as many of the following examinations in the September session:
• Any one subject at Advanced level; and
• Any one subject from Group 1 at Intermediate level; and
• Any one subject from Group 2 at Intermediate level; and
• Any one subject from Group 3 at Intermediate level; and
• Any one subject from Group 4 at Intermediate level; and
• Systems of Knowledge.

2.  All candidates will be allowed to obtain the Matriculation Certificate within a period of five years, i.e. when such candidates accumulate sufficient points in six subjects at levels and within the groups specified in the Matriculation Certificate Examination Regulations (http://www.um.edu.mt/matsec/regulations), they will be awarded the Matriculation Certificate. 

3. This provision will be implemented as from the forthcoming September 2012 examination session.  In effect, this means that all candidates who sat for Advanced and Intermediate Level examinations from 2008 onwards have the opportunity to sit for examinations as indicated above this September and qualify for the Matriculation Certificate.

4.  The September Session of the Matriculation Certificate Examination will no longer be considered as a Supplementary (re-sit) Session.  Therefore, candidates need not register for the May session of examinations in order to be allowed to sit for Matriculation Certificate examinations in September.

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