O-Levels are a wonderful time in every students life. They teach us about anxiety, stress, misery, dread, and show us what life has to offer for the next 10 years. It is also our true first test into the post secondary schooling system, and a foundation for our education.
The University of Malta have been helpful enough to release statistics on last year’s May sitting. Lovin Malta (with the help of our shoddy maths O-Level and a dying calculator) is here to help decipher the numbers and provide you with the subjects you’re statistically more likely to pass ..and fail.
Paper 1 and 2A
Most Passed: Mathematics
This was actually a landslide for the dreaded subject. 94.5% of students who sat for this Maths paper got a passing grade between 1 and 5.
Mathematics was followed by German (92.8%) and Computing (92.5%) in second and third place respectively. Good job nerds!
Most Failed: Design & Technology
Only 63.8% of students managed to achieve a pass in this subject.
This was followed by Physical Education (75.6%) and Social Studies (77.7%).
Paper 1 and 2B
In the case of Paper 2B, we chose to classify only the grades 4 and 5 as passing marks, since those are the minimum grades required for University.
Most Passed: Geography
Taking a look at the passing percentage we can see a steep drop. The most passable exam on the list, Geography, still got a measly 52.4%. Interestingly, it is the only exam in which the majority passed.
Computing came in second with a pass rate of 44.9% with French taking home the bronze with 42.4%.
Most Failed: Biology
Oh wow. Only 14.8% of students taking the Biology Paper IIB passed the exam.
History came close with 16.7% passing the exam, while Mathematics (bringing it all round to a perfect circle) saw 27.6% passing.
Here’s a tip: go for the Paper I & IIA
Especially in Mathematics.
From the numbers, it seems like you have a higher chance of achieving a passing grade.
If you’re not sure about which paper to take, play the odds and attempt the harder paper. With 14/23 (that’s 60% – omg get this calculator away from us) subjects boasting a 85% and above pass rate Paper IIA seems like the safe bet.
Also, you should probably study too.