Burkina Faso has a 3-6-4-3 formal education structure. There are three years of pre-primary school, which has an official entry age of three and is referred to as enseignement préscolaire formel. Primary school, which is known as enseignement primaire, has an official entry age of six and a duration of six grades. At the end of the cycle, students receive the certificat d`étude primaire (CEP). Secondary school is divided into two cycles: lower secondary and upper secondary.
Lower secondary, which is known as enseignement post primaire général, consists of grades 7-10 and culminates in the brevet d`études du premier cycle (BEPC); upper secondary, which is known as enseignement secondaire général, consists of grades 11-13 and culminates in the Baccalauréat (BAC). In addition, Burkina Faso has multiple lower and upper secondary vocational education tracks (ISCED 2011 mapping for 2013 school year).