703 059 candidats étaient inscrits aux épreuves du baccalauréat : 48 % en filière générale, 21 % dans les séries technologiques et 31 % dans la voie professionnelle, avec une augmentation de près de 7 % des inscrits par rapport à 2011.Based on the first results covering 90% of the candidates, the success rates were: 79.3% for the general bac, 69% for the technology bac and nearly 69% for the professional bac.
(703,059 candidates were registered for the exam: 48% for the baccalauréat général, 21% for the bac technologique and 31% for the bac professionel.)
We lived through this process last year but, alas, we are not out of the woods yet because the younger Frenchling is now in her final years of high school here at the Lycée de Sèvres (sections internationales). She is actually preparing two exams: the French baccalauréat général in science (Bac S) and the OIB (Option Internationale Bac) with exams in English supervised by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. Interestingly enough she had her first set of French exams this year because some of the tests are given in Première (the year that corresponds to the American Junior year of high school) with the others to follow next year when she is in Terminale (Senior year). Specifically she had to take her French tests (oral and written) before being liberated for the summer.
How tough are these tests? Well, have a look at her convocation: 4 hours for the written portion and 20 minutes for the orals. This is not a SAT-style multiple choice exam. This is an essay to write on a serious subject and an individual oral exam in front of someone from a Commission d'interrogation.
She survived. Or at least she showed up on time, took the test, and then came home and slept. When we asked how it went, she grimaced and told us to "go away and leave me alone." In theory we are supposed to get the results today but the website is down (or groaning under the weight of all the students and their parents trying to log in) and I haven't been able to access it. We're crossing our fingers and hopefully we will have her grades later today or tomorrow.