Does A-level allow private candidates to take exams?
- August 2 2021
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IA – A-level program is preferably chosen by many students and parents because of its advantages for study path and future career. Besides studying and taking A-level exams at international schools, does A-level allow private candidates to take exams?
Who is the A-level program suitable for?
The English Baccalaureate, A-level program, is for students from 17 to 18 years old and is favored by many universities around the world, especially universities in the UK to recruit suitable students with aspirations to study at their universities. If you are aiming for prestigious universities or are oriented to study highly specialized majors such as Medicine, Law, Mechanical Engineering, etc. A-level is a worthy consideration.
For more: A-level Skill Test
The A-level program helps students develop comprehensive skills in study and work such as independent thinking skills, logical and critical thinking skills, presentation skills, problem-solving, and decision-making skills applicable in all situations.
Depending on the actual conditions of each country, students have more than 50 subjects to choose from 3 to 6 subjects that are suitable for their interests and career orientation. A-level is divided into 2 periods corresponding to 2 years of study: Year 1 (AS-level) will be for students in grade 11, Year 2 (A-level) will be for students in grade 12. In AS- level year, students will choose from 4 to 6 subjects. In the A-level year, students will choose 3 subjects from the AS year related to the majors they will choose to take the university entrance exam to continue studying and take the A-level certificate. For candidates who do not have the conditions to study at international schools, does A-level allow private candidates to take exams?
In addition to studying and taking A-level exams at international schools, the A-level program allows students to register as private students at the British Council twice a year. The reason why many students choose to take the A-level exam over IB (International Baccalaureate) even though both are recognized and widely used by universities around the world is that the IB program cannot be registered freely. Students are required to study and take exams at a school licensed by the IBO. Therefore, A-level is widely taught at educational institutions that specialize in tutoring after-school for international students, private students can go to these centers to supplement their A-level knowledge, afterwards, they can register with the British Council. Since there are two occasions a year (Occasion 1: May-June and occasion 2: October-November), private students should actively contact directly or through other ways with the British Council before taking tests at least 2 months to receive confirmation of whether the subject of your choice will be held or not and to be guided on how to register for the exam if needed. In addition, you can visit the official British Council website (www.britishcouncil.vn) for full instructions on how to register for the A-level exam.