O-Level Introduction


Students that have completed O-Level are considered to have completed their formal education and thus are awarded with final certification of secondary school. Cambridge O-Level is conducted by CIE (Cambridge International Examination). It is an internationally recognized qualification equivalent to Cambridge IGCSE and the UK GCSE. O- Level provides students with excellent preparations for future academic progressions.

  • Cambridge O-Level, has been designed especially for the international audience in a way that cater the needs of different countries and for students whose first language may not be English.
  • The curriculum also enables teaching to be placed in a localized context making it relevant where ever you teach.
  • In some parts of the world including Pakistan, schools use Cambridge O-Level as an alternative (international) to the local government’s examination.


O-Levels is the world’s most recognized international qualifications for secondary level students. It provides them with a gateway to higher education or professional studies in your home country or abroad. They can help you:

  • Getting admission in university at home country or abroad
  • Exempting the language tests for emigrating or studying in another country. For example, achieving a Grade C in O Level ‘English’ is often enough to satisfy the language requirements for some universities in English-speaking nations
  • Finding better career opportunities and developing skills that help you lead a more successful life


  • Many universities around the world require a combination of O & A Levels to meet their admission requirements.
  • Some US and Canadian universities will accept students with five Cambridge O levels at grade C or above.
  • Meanwhile, in UK, Cambridge O Level is accepted as equivalent to GCSE. Many UK universities look at the Cambridge O levels grades/performance, when making admission decisions.
  • On the other hand, universities in many countries, including Canada and USA will admit students on the basis of their Cambridge O level performance alone.
  • Also, Grade C in O level ‘English Language’ satisfies the requirement of English profiency of many universities in the UK and other English speaking countries.


Assessment for O levels, takes place on the course completion which includes written and practical assessment which allows students to demonstrate their learning, particularly when their first language is not English.

  • The six grades that are benchmarked from A* to E which have clear guidelines to explain the standard of achievement. In this regard, grade A* represents the highest level of achievement and grade E reflects the minimum satisfactory performance.
  • Whereas, U is commonly regarded as fail. The examination series for O levels, occur twice a year.
  • Firstly in May/June and secondly, in October/ November.
  • The results are accordingly issued in August for first session and in January for second session.

GCE O Levels Grades equivalent to Pakistani Marks

Grades Pakistani Marks
A+ 90
A 85
B 75
C 65
D 55
E 45

Schools receive CIE Results directly from UK through mail on the day of result declared. However, hard copy of results and student certificates are also sent to schools after a week through British Council.

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