CXC CSEC English A exam - marking scheme

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Marking scheme for CXC CSEC English A exam (2018)

This exam is made up of two examination papers and a School Based Assessment (SBA) project for in-school candidates and three examination papers for private candidates.

Paper 1

There are 60 questions on this paper. Each question is worth (1) mark. All the questions are

compulsory (you have to answer all the questions). The total number of marks possible for this

paper is 60 marks.

The marks you make on this paper contributes 29% to the final overall grade you make for the CXC CSEC

English A exam.

CXC CSEC English A Exam
Exam questions
Question Type
Exam marks
Exam percent
60 questions
(compulsory)
60
29%

 

 

 

 

 

Paper 2

This examination paper has four (4) sections.

Section one is worth 25 marks - There is one question (one compulsory summary writing passage).

Section two is worth 30 marks - There is one question (one compulsory expository essay question)

Section three is worth 25 marks - (There are two questions, you must select one and produce a short story essay )

Section four is worth 25 marks - There is one question (one compulsory argumentative essay question)

The total number of marks possible for this paper is 105 marks. The marks you make on this paper,
contributes 50% to the final overall grade you make for the CXC CSEC English A exam.

 

CXC CSEC English A Exam
Exam questions
Question Type
Exam marks
Exam percent

Section one
1 question (compulsory)

25
12%
Section two
1 question (compulsory)
Expository essay
30
14%
Section three
1 question (chosen from 2)
25
12%
Section four
1 question (compulsory)
25
12%
Total
4 questions
 
105
50%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    CXC CSEC English A School Based Assessment (SBA) mark scheme.

    Students who are enrolled in school will complete the CXC CSEC English SBA under the supervision of a teacher.

 
CXC CSEC English A portfolio section
Exam marks
Exam percent
1. Plan of investigation
5
 
2. Participation measure
5
 
3. Indicators of group activity/Quality of group activity
10
 
4. Written report
10
 
5. Reflection
5
 
6. Oral presentation
10
 
 
Total
45
21%

 

 

   Paper 3/2

   Exam candidates who are sitting the CXC CSEC English A exam privately will sit paper 3/2 of the exam.

CXC CSEC
English A exam
Exam questions
Question type
Exam marks
Exam percent
Paper 3/2

2 (compulsory)

2 short answer questions

30
(15 marks each)
 
  1 (compulsory) 1 creative piece 15  
Total 3 compulsory questions   45 21%

 

 

The following two tables show how marks are awarded for the questions on the three papers of the CXC CSEC English A exam.

Table showing the mark scheme for the three
CXC CSEC English A exam papers
CXC English A exam
Number of questions
Exam mark
Exam percent
60
60
29%
4
105
50%
Paper 3/SBA
3
45
21%
Total
67
210
100%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Note that examination paper 2 makes up 50% of the overall marks for the CXC CSEC English A exam.

These 4 questions make up fully half of the marks on the English A exam, therefore, you will need to score well on this paper in order to score well on the exam overall.

Table showing the breakdown of the mark scheme
for the three CXC CSEC English A exam papers
CXC English A Exam
Exam questions
Question type
Exam marks
Exam percent
60 questions
(compulsory)
60
29%
 
 
 
Section one,
1 question
(compulsory
25
12%
Section two
1 question
(compulsory)
Expository essay
30
14%

Section three
1 question
(chosen from 2)

25
12%
Section four
1 question
(compulsory)
25
12%

Paper 3/2
3 questions
(compulsory)

OR

SBA
(1 research project)

Paper 3/2
2 short answer questions and 1 creative piece
45
21%
Total
210
100%
Fivestar

Hi Kojo,
It is my understanding that specific Examiners mark specific questions on the exam paper. I am not 100% certain about this however, so I would just say - most likely, this is what happens.

Gadiesha (not verified) 4 May 2013 - 5:05pm

This is the height of wickedness look at that marking scheme. why couldnt you
carry down paper 2 marks ? i did cxc last year but i didnt get english i got a 4 so i didnt went in nursing and no1 is helping me but myself i feel so frustrated like my life may be over its stressful...

Guest (not verified) 30 May 2013 - 9:54am

Please dont make me fail english A its the 3rd time im doing it and i have all my other subjects in 2s just waiting to go into nursing my parents wont send me back to get it and i wont have any money to do it over i wont have a job im hopeless without english and i need it to get out of this situation im in couldnt you all drop the marking scheme a little? I need it so bad please dont make me fail.i dont wanna disappoint my parents again ill be devastating.Please dont fail me please :'( Im begging

guest (not verified) 16 August 2013 - 11:47am

Hi

My son got a Grade 2 and B profiles. His lessons teacher has suggested we query it as he thinks that merits a Grade 1. Do you think we should?

MissSingh (not verified) 16 August 2013 - 9:23pm

Hi, after reading these comments i'm compelled to add my comment. After leaving primary school 12 years ago and never writing cxc,I decided to write Math and English after going to adults classes at Upper Level, Chaguanas.In just about 9 months, i wrote these two said subjects and passed with 2 in Math all b's in profile grades and a distinction in English.If I could pass,anyone could. I must stop to thank God most of all without him I couldn't lift a finger and teachers of course, Miss Usha and Miss Boodoo. Don't give up people,God performs miracles. Peace

guest (not verified) 18 September 2013 - 9:38am

Hi I am writing English A for the third time, the first time I got a four, the second try I got a three and this is my third time attempting English A which would be in June 2013 that's this year. I really, really want a One,How can i pass with a one? I would really like 2 access the past papers so I can visualize what CXC is looking for as there answers.

Janet (not verified) 13 June 2014 - 3:42pm

How is Cxc Economics Grade? eg. percentage for papers 1,2, & 3

tishana (not verified) 1 July 2015 - 2:47pm

I sat English A may 2015 and have multiples of crossing through my story and essay, this is because I usually make mistake while using a pen and I didn't used any correctional fluid . I do remember while writing my story and essay I tend to use the wrong section of the paper therefore I have marked some lines through it all and continue on the 0ther section.
Please let me know if this will cause me loose points.

guest (not verified) 30 September 2015 - 9:14pm

I GOT 2 B GRADES FOR ENGLISH, DID I GET A 1 OR 2?

Sweety (not verified) 13 July 2018 - 1:56am

How much percent you need to get to obtain a grade 2

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