[ ey lev-uh l ]
/ ˈeɪ ˌlɛv əl /
a public examination requiring advanced knowledge in a subject and taken at the end of secondary school, usually two years after O level.
a pass in this examination.
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Origin of A level
1950–55; A(dvanced) level
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British Dictionary definitions for a level
noun (in Britain)
- a public examination in a subject taken for the General Certificate of Education (GCE), usually at the age of 17–18
- the course leading to this examination
- (as modifier)A-level maths
a pass in a particular subject at A levelshe has three A levels
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