CSEC, CAPE students to only sit Paper 1 exams

CXC releases new guidelines amid COVID-19 concerns

HSB, Visual Arts and Modern Languages to be administered as per normal

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, March 26, 2020

Students sitting the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) examinations in 2020 will do so in July in the wake of COVID-19 concerns.

All due dates have been extended by one month.

This is according to the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Dr. Wayne Wesley who announced the revised examination strategy to the media today.

Wesley noted that during these unprecedented times, offering a modified examination process is key and will allow students and administrators to remain safe during this examination season.  The revised processes are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 landscape.

However, the over 50,000 students sitting CSEC and CAPE in the Region will be administered with one common paper, referred to as Paper 1.

Final grades will be derived from this Paper 1 and the School-Based Assessments (SBAs). Private students who do not prepare SBAs will be administered with a Paper 3 (2).

Ninety percent of subject areas will be administered this way while the other ten percent is expected to be administered as per normal. This 10 percent accounts for Modern Languages, such, as, French, Spanish and Portuguese), Visual Arts and Human and Social Biology (HSB).

Modern Language candidates are still expected to perform their Oral (listening, reading and understanding) examinations while Visual Arts candidates are expected to submit their journals.

Human and Social Biology does not have an SBA component so candidates will be expected to sit the Paper 2 as planned.