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I saw this on an online application for a job:

Education level:
Bachelor's Degree (±16 years)

I have not seen this on any other applications of the sort. What does the ±16 years mean?

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  • I'd guess it's a typo and should just be (+16 years). If alternate educational levels with different numbers of years (eg associates and 18 years or masters and 14) that would reinforce my assumption. Jan 7 '15 at 20:06
  • Some countries have 14 years of education for Bachelor degree, Probably the ad was asking for more of a regular bachelor degree. Jan 7 '15 at 20:06
  • What country is this? Jan 7 '15 at 20:10
  • this is the united states. I doubt it is a typo, because it showed up multiple times for multiple levels of education. Eg, High School or GED (±11 years)
    – Crow
    Jan 7 '15 at 20:21
  • As @ChrisLively says, the ± is used in some countries to mean approximately. The Netherlands is one such country. Likely the resume is or job posting is from someone who comes from a country where ± is used like that.
    – Eric
    Jan 8 '15 at 15:46
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± is going to mean "about" or "approximately" or even "give or take a bit".

Essentially it's saying that the person spent about 16 years of their life in school.

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I'd second Dan's comment that this is the number of years of formal education. In Canada there are 12 grades of elementary and secondary school, which isn't counting pre-school and Kindergarten, then adding 4 years for a Bachelor's degree would give a total of 16 years of education. I'd suspect in the US there could be similar totals giving that number of years of total schooling.

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  • so counting your primary reception class seems a little strange what value does it have?
    – Pepone
    Jan 7 '15 at 21:12
  • That's rather different than my guess, which was that they were co-mingling degree level and professional experience and wanted someone with a BS/BA degree and 16 years of work experience, but yours seems reasonable as well. Jan 7 '15 at 22:14
  • Going along the same lines, a 3 Year Degree in Australia counts as a 4 Year degree in the US as we have a extra year of Secondary Education. The final year of high school counts as a year of college.
    – mckenzm
    Feb 28 '18 at 8:30

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