Secondary Education Certificate

Secondary Education Certificate (SEC)

latest update: 22.04.2020

No, the session that is commonly known as the Main Session has been cancelled and it will be replaced by a new session in September 2020, provided the national health authorities do not advise a postponement of this date.
Using the information given to the MATSEC Board by the state and non-state secondary schools, we will be able to provide you with an official SEC Certificate.
The MATSEC Board will be requesting from your school the mark/s you obtained in the school mock examinations. We will also ask your school to submit certain documents such as examination papers, mark schemes and marked scripts of all subjects for all students. We will then apply a standardisation procedure so as to award you a predicted level in each subject you registered for in a manner that is fair to you and for all students.
No. Grades will not be issued. Instead, in each subject, you will be awarded the Certificate in one of two levels: Level 3 or Level 2. A Fail applies when the performance is lower than Level 2.
No. As a private candidate, you will need to register for the new September session.
No. Predicted levels will only be given to school candidates who had registered for the Main session which was meant to be held in May 2020.
Level 3 is the expected attainment level of students completing their compulsory secondary school education.  Attainment Level 2 indicates that a student is nearly at the expected level.
The first 5 grades, namely: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are at Level 3. Whereas Grades 6 and 7 are considered to be at Level 2. For a student to progress to a sixth form, the expected level is 3. However, there are other post-secondary institutions which accept students with passes at Level 2.
Each school prepares its own mock examinations whereas the MATSEC Board has one set of examination papers per subject for all students taking the examination. Schools have different examiners marking the papers but the MATSEC Board has one set of examiners per subject. Therefore, the SEC examination set by the MATSEC Board ensures that there is standardisation across all subjects and the grades given to students are fair and valid. The fine tuning that allows the award of grades is not possible in the current circumstances. Instead, we will issue Levels (3 or 2) which will be the fairest measure to allow students to proceed with their studies uninhibited by these unfortunate extraordinary circumstances.
A SEC Level 3 awarded in 2020 in the three compulsory subjects (English Language, Maltese and Mathematics) will satisfy the entry requirements to the University of Malta for this year and in future years.
The MATSEC Board will be in a position to issue a predicted level only if you have actually sat for the mock examination. If you missed mock examinations for any reason you will be eligible to sit for the September 2020 session if you had registered for the same subject/s in the Main Session. However, should you obtain a Level 3 in your Secondary School Certificate and Profile (SSC&P) or a DQSC MQF Level 3 Award, for this year only, the Junior College will admit you as a student until the September results are published in November 2020. Should you obtain at least 3 passes at Grade 5 or better in any subject, you will be able to continue the course as a probationary student. Otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course. See section: Admission to Junior College.
The MATSEC Board intends to publish the predicted levels as planned on 15 July 2020.
Yes, the mark for the completed practicals will be included in the predicted level award.
No. An appeal on the Level awarded is not possible. However, if you are not satisfied with the predicted level, you can choose to sit for the session in September 2020, when you will be able to obtain a grade from 1 to 5 or 4 to 7 depending on your performance.
No, there will be no resit session after the new September session.
Yes, if you wish to sit for one or more examinations in September, you will need to register during the registration period after the results of the predicted levels are published by the MATSEC Board.
Anyone who registered to sit for the Main session can apply to sit for the new September session.
Yes. You will be given the option to sit for a Paper IIA or Paper IIB in September.
It will be 6 weeks long as opposed to the usual 12 weeks. Unlike the normal September resit session, all subjects will be offered. The first examinations are planned to start on 31 August 2020 and end on 10 October 2020.
No, these components and practical examinations will not be held in order to ensure that all written examinations of all subjects can be offered and for results to be published by not later than 6 November 2020.  However, candidates will be awarded the full marks usually allocated to these components.