EXAMS AND EXTERNAL EXAMINATIONS

According to the State Educational Standards of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria:

  1. Primary education – 4th grade (10/11 years of age):

National External Assessment in the following subjects: Bulgarian Language and Literature, Maths, Man and Nature, Man and Society.

  1. Lower Secondary education – 7th grade (13/14 years of age):

National External Assessment in the following subjects: Bulgarian Language and Literature and Maths. Optionally, students may sit a third exam in Foreign Language.

  1. First stage of Secondary education – 10th grade (16/17 years of age):

National External Assessment in the following subjects: Bulgarian Language and Literature, Maths, Nature Studies – Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Environmental Protection, Biology and Health Education, Social Studies – History and Civilization, Geography and Economics and Philosophy. The exams are in test format. Optionally, students may choose to sit an exam in Foreign Language.

  1. Second stage Secondary education– 11th – 12th grade (18/19 years of age):

State maturity exams in Bulgarian Language and Literature and an additional subject of their choice. The second subject must be chosen between: Foreign Language, Maths, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Environmental Protection, Biology and Health Education, History and Civilization, Geography and Economics, or Philosophy, studied in classes included in the compulsory general education.

According to Cambridge International School and Cambridge Primary School:

  1. Cambridge Primary Checkpoint in the following subjects – English Language, Maths and Science – after 10/11 years of age;
  2. Cambridge Secondary Checkpoint in the following subjects – English Language, Maths and Science – after 13/14 years of age;
  3. Cambridge IGCSE exams in at least 5 of the studied subjects – after 16 years of age;
  4. Cambridge International Advanced Level exams in at least 4 of the studied subjects – after 18/19 years of age.