Definition of General Certificate of Education in English:

General Certificate of Education

(also GCE)

noun

  • An examination set especially for secondary-school pupils in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland at Advanced level (at about age 18) and, formerly, at Ordinary level (at about age 16).

    • ‘According to reports, scores of children could not sit for General Certificate of Education exams due to measles.’
    • ‘One only needs to look at the shocking grade 12 General Certificate of Education O level results currently being published by this newspaper.’
    • ‘They were replaced by the General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level, and Advanced Level examinations.’
    • ‘They were two of 43 students in the country who ranked in the top ten, of 14 subject areas, in the 2005 Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level examinations.’
    • ‘The General Certificate of Education (Advanced Subsidiary Level) was introduced in 2000.’

Pronunciation:

General Certificate of Education

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