In professional life, it is necessary to know the English way of expressing your level of education.

As you know, the baccalauréat is the diploma awarded to those finishing their secondary education.

In America, is it a “bachelor’s degree”, a “high school diploma”, or something else?

  • It might be important to mention what country you finished your enseignement secondaire in. – badp Jun 13 '14 at 17:12
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    Tunisia .. it is – Abdennour TOUMI Jun 13 '14 at 17:12
  • In Britain students generally need to have passed 3-5 A levels (which are in specific subjects) in "secondary" education in order to progress to tertiary education (degrees, etc.). – FumbleFingers Jun 13 '14 at 18:26
  • A levels are not the final exams/qualifications gained from school. Those are GCSEs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… A levels come after them and are the next stage of secondary education. – Tristan r Jun 13 '14 at 20:28
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    @Andrew: It's certainly changed since I was there! I only actually scraped my third A Level with a grade D, but unless I'd been desperate to go to Oxbridge I could have prolly have got in to most universities with just two. Today's teenagers routinely take 4 or 5 A Levels, and they usually reckon on needing at least 3 good grades to ensure a reasonable choice of degree course. But check the link in my earlier comment. I certainly wouldn't count "sixth form colleges" as tertiary education. – FumbleFingers Jun 14 '14 at 13:03

In North America, "High school" is the school that most students attend when they are aged 14-18 (grades 9-12). Typically, this results in a "high school diploma". This schooling is also called "Secondary school".

Note that this varies depending on the jurisdiction. For example, in Quebec, "Secondary" school is from grades 6-11.

From what Wikipedia tells me about the Tunisian educational system, the baccalauréat is a high-school diploma.

A Bachelor's degree is earned after secondary school (post-secondary) and is also known as an undergraduate degree. It is earned in universities or colleges (but again, the specific terminology depends on the jurisdiction: in Ontario, a college does not grant degrees).

You need to familiarize yourself with the educational system of the specific place whose system you wish to compare to. They are all different.

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  • Quebec's secondary school starts in grade 7, not 6. – Kareen Jun 13 '14 at 17:31

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