Specialty events 2023: dates, how to choose?

The specialty teaching tests will take place at the end of March 2023, so that the marks obtained can be taken into account in the Parcoursup files. How do you choose tests, what are their functions, and how are students assessed? We take stock.

What is the date of the Bac 2023 specialty exams?

[Update of September 23, 2022] The BAC 2023 specialty teaching exams are scheduled for Monday March 20, Tuesday March 21 and Wednesday March 22, whether for the general or technological sector.

How are the exams for the specialty courses conducted?

Each candidate has chosen two specialty courses which are the subject of one test per day. The high school student is therefore convened over two days (one day per event). “The subjects comply with the limiting program of each discipline and with the expectations of the final year class” explains the ministry.

What are the different specialties for the general baccalaureate?

  • Arts : Circus Arts, Visual Arts, Cinema-Audiovisual, Dance, Art History, Music, Theater
  • History-geography, geopolitics, political science
  • Humanity, Literature, Philosophy: Literature and Languages ​​and Cultures of Antiquity, Foreign and Regional Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Math : Algebra and Geometry, Analysis, Probability, Algorithms and Programming
  • Numerical and computer science
  • Chemical Physics
  • Economics and social sciences
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Sciences de la vie et de la terre
  • Physical Education, Sports Practices and Culture

New education gradually implemented since 2021 from the first class, the specialty 'Physical Education, Sports Practices and Culture ' combines practical and theoretical content. It will offer broader perspectives than sports education by also allowing you to learn about health and well-being professions.

What are the specialties for the technological baccalaureate?


  • Human Chemistry, Biology and Pathophysiology
  • Health and social science and technology


  • Physics-chemistry and mathematics
  • Biochemistry-biology- biotechnology
  • Physical and chemical sciences in the laboratory


  • Analysis and methods in design
  • Conception and creation in design and crafts


  • Engineering, innovation and sustainable development (2I2D)
  • Physics-chemistry and mathematics


  • Management, management sciences and digital
  • law and economics


  • Culinary Science and Technology (STC) and Services (STS)
  • Scientific education in food and environment (ESAE)
  • Economy – hotel management


  • Culture et sciences
  • Practice

When to choose your specialty lessons?

In both general and technological pathways, 3 specialties must be chosen by students during the second year . These 3 specialties are also practiced during the year of first then the student will have to keep 2 of them which will count among the tests of the baccalaureate .

How to choose your specialty courses?

The students make their selection according to their appetite for the specialties offered, but also according to their degree of motivation. Similarly, the knowledge that the student wishes to deepen and his orientation project in higher education will guide him in his choice. Finally, of course, researching beforehand and discussing it with his homeroom teacher will allow him to make more informed choices. Also practical, Onisep has developed an application called Horizons21.fr for second graders. These latter can 'test the combinations of specialty courses and the areas of training and professions on which these courses can lead' , assures the Ministry of Education on its website. Finally, be aware that the choice of a specialty does not in any way prevent access to training: specialties are used to experiment above all with what you like or not.

How are specialty exams corrected?

The correctors in charge of evaluating the copies of the teaching of specialties can benefit from a discharge time with four half-days as much as possible to make the corrections. This package can be used, at the choice of the teacher after agreement of the head of the establishment.

Specialty tests: the subjects of the general baccalaureate 2022

  • Math : Exponential functions and sequences, probabilities and numerical functions.
  • Economics and social sciences : Is the accumulation of factors of production the only source of economic growth? + a composite test: 'how factor endowments can explain specialization
  • Chemical Physics : Dye + juggling physics, and horseshoe cooling
  • History Geography, Geopolitics and Political Science: The conquest of space from 1957 to the present day: rivalries and cooperation & The United States and the environment at different scales.
  • SVT sciences de la vie et de la terre : The pupils had the choice between the modulation of the muscular contraction and the exercise relating to the climatic variation in Carboniferous.
  • Engineering Sciences : the test focused on 'Nino' transporters (personal motorized transport devices (EDPM), such as electric scooters or skateboards, hoverboards, Segways, mono-wheels).
  • Humanities, literature and philosophy : Philosophical essay in connection with a text by Pierre Albert-Birot: 'The Narcisse Affair', Poems (1926) - To know oneself, is it to discover oneself as a 'unique piece'? or Are literature and the arts born of men's 'appetite for disaster'?
  • Digital and computer science : The students, through several exercises, had to find the correctly parenthesized expression and correctly marked up text.
  • History of art : In what ways does art relate to ordinary women? or subject of Dissertation on the travels of artists in Italy from the 17th to the 19th century: 'What benefits do the artists envisage by undertaking the journey to Italy?'.
  • Music : description of a brief excerpt from the work: Jerusalem, traditional Irish 16th century. Exercise 2: comparative commentary on two excerpts from works: Jeff Beck, excerpt from Earthquake, 2001, and Pink Floyd, excerpt from Atom Heart Mother.
  • Art-Theatre. The test was based on Molière's Love Physician. The students had to make a scenic proposal to stage, today, one of the female figures in her attempt to free herself from the confinement imposed on her.
  • Science and life of the earth : As part of a written text, students had to choose between showing how geological phenomena could have influenced past climates, or showing how, thanks to their different floral parts, parental individuals can produce genetically varied offspring, during sexual reproduction.
  • Engineering Sciences : Divided into two categories, engineering sciences (3 hours) and physical sciences (one hour), the test concerned a slope simulator for home-trainer.
  • History, Geography, Geopolitics and Political Science : Uses and representations of the environment. In a dissertation: 'Maritime spaces, object of rivalry and cooperation', or 'The new forms and logics of war in the 21st century'.
  • Humanities, literature and philosophy : Students had to study two texts: Letters Morals, VI by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and C'est la guerre by Louis Calaferte and in both cases propose a philosophical interpretation and a literary essay
  • Math. The subject proposed 3 exercises to be done among 4 exercises relating to probabilities, numerical functions and sequences, numerical functions and the exponential function.
  • Chemical Physics. The students had to work on the observation of the planet Mars and then choose a subject from the aroma of vanilla, ink and eraser and historical batteries.
  • Economics and social sciences . The students had the choice of writing an essay (How can - we explain international trade ?) or one of two composite test subjects.
  • Numerical and computer science . The first exercise focused on binary search trees, object-oriented programming and recursion, the second on data structures, the 3rd on networks and routing protocols, the 4th on relational databases and language SQL and the latest on object programming and the divide and conquer method.
  • Biology -ecology : The students had to choose between a subject on the evolution of forest ecosystems according to fires, or on the presentation of the mechanisms at the origin of lung cancer.
  • Literature and languages ​​and cultures of antiquity, Latin : The test focused on the study of texts by Apuleius, Isabel Allende, and Pliny the Elder.

► See the specialized subjects of the technological baccalaureate

What are the fallen subjects in French Polynesia?

The students of French Polynesia having already passed these tests between May 4 and 6, here is the opportunity to discover dropped topics, and to guide final revisions.

  • Students who have opted for physics and chemistry worked on the study of a 'gravitational tractor to deflect an asteroid' or on the 'synthesis of an ester with a floral smell'.
  • An SVT, them high school students had to analyze the 'advantages and limitations of the two modes of plant reproduction'. They also had a choice on the subject of 'mechanisms allowing a muscle to contract from a nervous message';
  • In History-Geography, Geopolitics and Political Science (HGGSP), the subject to be detailed was on 'the action of human beings on their environment since the Neolithic era' or a choice of two dissertation subjects: 'space conquest as an ideological and power issue' or 'judging genocides and war crimes since 1945'.
  • In Economics and Social Sciences (SES), the students had to present their opinion on international and commercial exchanges, as well as on the 'objectives of European competition policy in a composite test'.

Source journaldesfemmes.fr