Examinations Syndicate (Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia). SPM – Malaysian education diploma, equivalent to the British family of GCE O-LEVEL. Candidates are mainly secondary school sophomore (high school two) students. Students must apply for at least ten subjects. Students in the humanities source, generally need to apply for nine subjects, students in the scientific source must apply for 10 subjects (in 2003 to join the science and technology after English). However, due to the intense competition for scholarships with higher degrees, students are under pressure to apply as many disciplines as possible. Previously, students were allowed to choose up to 21 subjects. However, the current rules stipulate that students will have a maximum of 12 subjects.