Guinea has a 3-6-4-3 formal education structure. There are three years of pre-primary school, which has an official entry age of four and is referred to as programme pré primaire. Primary school, which is known as primaire, has an official entry age of seven and a duration of six grades. At the end of the cycle, students receive the certificat d`études primaires elémentaires (CEPE). Secondary school is divided into two cycles: lower secondary and upper secondary.
Lower secondary, which is known as collège, consists of grades 7-10 and culminates in the brevet d`études du premier cycle (BEPC); upper secondary, which is known as lycée, consists of grades 11-13 and culminates in the Baccalauréat (BAC). In addition, Guinea has an early childhood education program called programme d`éveil de la petite enfanceone, which has a theoretical entry age of two and lasts two years. There is also a lower secondary vocational education track that lasts one year, and an upper secondary vocational education track that lasts three years (ISCED 2011 mapping for 2014 school year).