[oh lev-uh l]
a public examination for secondary-school students, usually 15 to 16 years old, testing basic knowledge in various subjects, required before advancing to more specialized courses of study.
a pass in this examination.
Compare A level.
Origin of O level
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noun (formerly, in Britain)
- the basic level of the General Certificate of Education, now replaced by GCSE
- (as modifier)O level maths
a pass in a particular subject at O levelhe has eight O levels
Systematic name: Ordinary level
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