There was a significant decline in the number of candidates writing the CCSLC this year; last year 19, 678 candidates took the examination compared with 7,249 this year.

A larger percentage of candidates qualified for the certification this year. Fifteen per cent of candidates qualified compared with five per cent last year.

Seventy-nine per cent of the entries achieved acceptable grades of Master and Competent. This compares with 70 per cent last year and 63 per cent in 2010.

Twenty-three per cent achieved Mastery, compared with 16 per cent last year, while 56.12 per cent achieved Competent compared with 54 per cent in 2011.

Performance improved in five subjects, but declined in French.

The Modern Languages syllabus was revised and will be examined for the first time in 2015.