CXC CSEC English A exam - marking scheme

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updated.gifWe have corrected some errors in  our CXC CSEC English A exam mark scheme!

In the recording the change over from the older mark scheme in the previous CXC CSEC English A syllabus to the new CXC CSEC English A syllabus (2012 and forward) and new mark scheme, some errors in calculations slipped right by us.

We have corrected those errors now and the mark scheme below for the CXC CSEC English A exam is the corrected up-to-date version.

Marking scheme for CXC CSEC English A exam

 

This exam is made up of two papers: paper 1 and paper 2

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 24% to the final overall grade you make for the

English A exam.

CXC English A Exam
Exam questions
Question Type
Exam marks
Exam percent
60 questions
(compulsory)
60
24%

 

 

 

 

 

Paper 2

This paper has four (4) sections.

Section one is worth 30 marks - There is one question (one compulsory summary writing passage).

Section two is worth 30 marks - (two compulsory reading comprehension questions - each worth 15 marks)

Section three is worth 35 marks - (You must answer one short story OR descriptive essay question)

Section four is worth 35 marks - (You must answer one persuasive essay question)

The total number of marks possible for this paper is 130 marks. The marks you make on this paper,
contributes 76% to the final overall grade you make for the English A exam.

 

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

Section one
1 question (compulsory)

30
17.33%
Section two
2 questions (compulsory)
30
12%
Section three
1 question (chosen from 3)
35
23.33%
Section four
1 question (chosen from 2)
35
23.33%
Total
5 questions
 
130
76%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Table showing the mark scheme for the two
CXC CSEC English A exam papers
CXC English A exam
Number of questions
Exam mark
Exam percent
60
60
24%
5*
130
76%
Total
65
190
100%

 

 

*Note that 5 out of the 65 questions that make up the CXC CSEC English A exam receives 76% of the marks for the exam.

These 5 questions are on Paper two (2) of the exam, therefore, you will need to score well on this paper in order to pass the exam.

 

Table showing the breakdown of the mark scheme
for the the two CXC CSEC English A exam papers

CXC English A Exam
Exam questions
Question type
Exam marks
Exam percent

60 questions
(compulsory)

60
24%

Section one,
1 question
(compulsory)

30
17.33%

Section two
2 questions
(compulsory)

Short answer
Reading
Comprehension

30
12%
Section three
1 question
(chosen from 3)
35
23.33%
Section four
1 question
(chosen from 2)
35
23.33%
 
65 questions
 
190
100%

 

 

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WHAT DID I GET?

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

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tishana (not verified)
english A

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.

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Janet (not verified)
Economics

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

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guest (not verified)
English A

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.

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MissSingh (not verified)
God performs Miracles.

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

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guest (not verified)
English Lang A

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?

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Guest (not verified)
please dont let me fail English A

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

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Gadiesha (not verified)
ENGLISH A

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...

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History csec examination

How long is an/ONE essay for history csec exam expected to be??

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Kojo (not verified)
Does any one know this question

When examiners are marking cxc papers...does an examiner mark the entire paper in a particular subject for a candidate or is the examiner assigned to mark a particular question from the paper... I'm just wondering?

The reason I asked is because they ask you to put the order of the questions you did in front of the booklet.... so I'm thinking that maybe they distribute the papers to various examiners for marking!

ANY ONE could answer this?

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guest (not verified)
Yea they do, there are like

Yea they do, there are like a group of examiners that are responsible for question 1 then a next group for question 2 and so on

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Re: this question

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.

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CXC Educator (not verified)
English Language

Yes That is the way we mark. We are assigned to specific questions.

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guest (not verified)
How do I know u are realy a

How do I know u are realy a cxc educator if u make us fail we are coming u eh

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Kojo (not verified)
Thanks for the reply admin!!!

Thanks for the reply admin!!!

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PreciousLovesJESUS (not verified)
KEEP THE FAITH :) BELEVE TO ACHIEVE

Thank God for who He is, His love, His mercies,His grace and help toward us. THANK YOU LORD! :D

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SPANISH EXAM

One of my friends wrote his essay in spanish with pencil. will his essay still be corrected?

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guest (not verified)
Yes csec are obligated to

Yes csec are obligated to look and correct everything on the paper pencil or pen

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rodley (not verified)
math exam

Hey I didn't get to finish all my questions on paper two but am confident that I did well in paper one of the math exam what are the possibility of me gaining a grade 1 or 2.......... I will appreciate your comment.

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Re: math exam

Hi,

I can't answer that question because I don't know how many questions you didn't answer, nor do I know how well you performed on the questions you did answer.

From where I am, there is no way I can honestly answer that question.

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S (not verified)
English A

I used an NO 2HB pencil instead of a 3B will it affect my paper 1.

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Re: using 2B pencil

Hello,

No it should not affect the marking of your paper 1 exam.

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Kojo (not verified)
Office Administration

Hi Katie!!!!Im doing Office Administration on Thursday 24th. Can you provide me the the percentages weighing for the paper 2, paper 1 and the 3/2 paper. Many Thanks!!

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Im doing Office Administration on Thursday 24th Also

Office Administration , percentages weighing for the paper 2, paper 1 and the 3/2 paper is the same as Integrated Science, with paper 1 25%, paper 2 50%, 3/2 paper 25%...does that help?

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Kojo (not verified)
how yuh find the exam was in

how yuh find the exam was in office admin?

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Kojo (not verified)
I'm now seeing this reply as

I'm now seeing this reply as I have not been on the site and have been studying for exams! Thank you for the information with regards to the marking scheme. I do appreciate it... Thanks again.

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Re: Office Administration

Hi Kojo,

Sorry, we don't support the CXC CSEC subject Office Administration, so I really don't have that information to pass on to you.

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Kojo (not verified)
Ok Thank you for your

Ok Thank you for your reply.... but I'm now wondering why you all dont support the subject in Office Admin as you informed?

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Kojo (not verified)
I did not receive a reply to

I did not receive a reply to this? ANYone?

Ok Thank you for your reply.... but I'm now wondering why you all dont support the subject in Office Admin as you informed?

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Re: reply on Office Admin

Hi Kojo,

We do not support Office Admin because we simply do not have the manpower resources to do so. We only support a few subjects where we feel that our resources will allow us to and which we feel will have the most impact.

Hope this information clears that up for you.

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