Until recently, Mauritania had a 3-6-4-3 formal education structure. There are still three years of pre-primary school, which has an official entry age of three and is referred to as pré-primaire. Primary school, which is known as primaire, still has an official entry age of six and a duration of six grades. At the end of the cycle, students receive the certificat d`études primaire (CEP). Secondary school is still divided into two cycles: lower secondary and upper secondary.
Lower secondary, which is known as premier cycle de l`enseignement secondaire, consisted of grades 7-10 in the 3-6-4-3 system and culminated in the brevet d`études du premier cycle (BEPC); upper secondary, which is known as deuxième cycle de l`enseignement secondaire, consisted of grades 11-13 and culminated in the Baccalauréat. In addition, Mauritania has an early childhood education program known as éducation de la petite enfance for children two years old and below. There is also a lower secondary vocational education track that lasts two years, and an upper secondary vocational education track that lasts two years (ISCED 2011 mapping for 2013 school year).