CXC CSEC English A exam - marking scheme

updated.gifCXC CSEC English A exam: marking scheme

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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locksley (not verified) 28 April 2009 - 2:32pm

Great Post.
The breakdown of the marks will really help not only students but also teachers who might not have known exactly how marks are distributed.

admin 28 April 2009 - 3:02pm

In reply to by locksley (not verified)

Glad we could help. Please feel free to look through our library of resources as well. You might be interested in the CXC English A best short story awards? They are in our CXC English exam guide.

jun (not verified) 3 June 2010 - 3:22pm

In reply to by admin

suppose i failed my physics paper two, can i get a three r so if my lab grade is good?

i,m in form three and would like to know what percentage is needed for a 1,2 or 3 in Maths and English

Mrssexyno1 (not verified) 19 March 2010 - 4:56pm

i would like the marking scheme for human and social biology

Kathy-ann Daniel 20 March 2010 - 2:03am

In reply to by Mrssexyno1 (not verified)

if you give us some time, I'll try to see if we can help you with that.

guest (not verified) 16 May 2011 - 12:01pm

is there any part of this website where i can get practice test?

Toney (not verified) 12 March 2012 - 12:19pm

Hello Kathy,

I've noticed that there have been two major changes in the CXC English A syllabus: there will be different types of passages in the paper 1 module and not forgetting the changes of how the marks are distributed.

I'm confused about the mark distribution. In 2008, Admin submitted the marking scheme for CXC English at this link http://www.caribexams.org/eng_mkscheme. There it is showed the paper 1 was already 24% and paper 2 76%. During that period, was it that or was it 37% for paper 1 and 63% for paper 2.

Your comment is highly appreciated. Thank you for this update. If paper 2 will be carrying 76% in May of this year, I have a high chance of passing.

Kathy-ann Daniel 12 March 2012 - 11:32pm

In reply to by Toney (not verified)

Hi Toney!

The CXC CSEC English A marking scheme shown in CaribExams was updated before I wrote my blog.

It shows the current marking scheme for the CXC CSEC English A exam: 24% of the total exam marks are from paper 1 and 76% of the total exam marks are from paper 2.

This is the way it will be from this May/June 2012./>
This marking scheme makes it clear that you must be able to express yourself well in written English (paper 2) in order to be able to pass the CSEC English A exam; there is no other way.

You have great writing skills Toney! So I expect that you will do very well in the exam.

truds (not verified) 16 May 2012 - 8:06pm

i first time on this site, and i like it. good work

guest (not verified) 17 May 2012 - 8:25pm

in the essay part of the examination, i mistakenly misread the instruction which stated to begin with the following sentence. i mistakenly put the sentence in the 3rd line of the story. will this affect my chance of getting a 1 or a 2? will i be heavily penalized? i am very very worried at this moment :(

It will affect your mark but if your story is well written and you perform very well on the other questions in the exam, you can still get a 1 or 2.

I thought the comprehension had a lower weighing as the two comprehension combined is 30 marks and it weighing being 12%. So the most I believe I can lose is the 12% in that section. I read the percentage table that was posted a long time ago and it gives a break down of the weighing of each section as summary carries 17%, comprehension 12%, Short Story 23% and the argumentative essay 23%. So in you blog, I understand to a point but I was a bit confused as it shows that if I did not do the comprehension passages I would have lost 30 marks technically yes.... but it would not be such a big impact as the 30 marks = to 12% in that section base weighing? Please clarify!!

I am going to take this one.

Hello, you are sort of correct. Yes, the comprehension section is worth 30 marks and 12% of the final exam grade.

One thing you are forgetting though is that you have to calculate for the possibility of losing marks on every question you answer and how this all adds up.

Look at it this way: the total possible marks for paper 2 is 130 marks or 76% of the final exam mark. If you do not complete the comprehension questions, your maximum possible marks for paper 2 will be 100 marks or 64% of the final exam percentage.

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Maximum percentage for the exam [76% + 24% = 100%]

Your percentage without comprehension answers [64% + 24% = 88%]

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This means that if you lose absolutely no other marks on paper 2 except for the comprehension marks, you can still only make a maximum of 64% out of the possible total 76% for the paper.

Now, since it is not usually possible to get full marks on every other question on the paper 2 exam, this means that you are going to get some percentage less than 64% of the final mark.

Hope you are following me so far.

Now, if you perform well and get a percentage somewhere in the 50's, say 50-59% for paper 2, you can still only get a maximum of 24% for paper 1.

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Let's add that together. I will use the best mark possible [59% +24% = 83%]

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So you say it is possible to get 83% for the total exam percentage?

Hold strain though. The fact is, it is highly unusual for anyone to get all 60 questions on paper 1 correct. You have to cater for mistakes, errors.

We are not going to assume that you get the maximum mark for paper 1. Let's estimate and say you get 20% of the maximum percentage for paper 1.

When you add that to your possibly 50-59% that you got in paper 2, your maximum possible percentage total for the CXC CSEC English A exam will be somewhere around 70-79% maximum - might go a little higher.

Keep in mind that we are playing with the numbers here and trying to see how you can get the best percentage possible given the facts.

Now, will that percentage range allow you to pass the exam? Sure, most likely. But if, and only if, you perform very well on all the other questions.

So the point being made is that by not completing the comprehension questions, you have set up a situation where it is unlikely that you will receive more than roughly 70-79% or maybe 80% of the total 100% for the exam.

If you had completed the comprehension questions, even badly, you would have been able to scrape up a couple of marks that would have helped add to your total exam marks.

That is why exam experts say over and over again, "attempt all the required questions on the exam paper".

Hope this is helpful

YES YES YES!!!!!! EXCELLENT RESONING:)!!!!!!! The explanation is really really good and this is what I was looking for to hear from you guys!!!
Thanks sooooo very much! Now im not as worried again as I know I did well in the other section of the paper and the multiple choice.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my question and I really appreciate it a million... :):):):) Thank you Admin!!!

Kojo (not verified) 18 May 2012 - 1:32am

I does fell like they will think I dont have good time management and Im slow in completing the written paper in the exam and will mark me hard base on not finishing all area of the specific paper. I just does be thinking about that.... saying he/she too slow. So they aint deserve a One or Two. Let meh give a three. I hope this is not the case and I do well in English A. I have a Three and looking forward to a One or Two this time as I put much study into English A. I know Im good but just the timing is the essence. I hope the Examiners realise it through my writing in the other areas of the paper even if I was unable to do the comprehension passages.

Someone please advise! I fell really down not being able to complete my comprehension passages today.

PreciousLovesJesus (not verified) 19 May 2012 - 2:29pm

In reply to by Kojo (not verified)

No problem! :D That's what we are here for, to help one another, as brothers ans sisters. Be blessed everyone!

Priya (not verified) 18 May 2012 - 6:32pm

I really need some help I am so worried about my english cxc paper I have confuse the short story and wrote something totally different.. Will I get any marks for the story?? Please help I'm so worried

Hi,

I really can't answer that since you didn't give much information. No sure what you did or didn't do. If you chose a short story question and didn't answer it fully or correctly, then you do have a problem. Just how big that problem is, I don't know.

nafifi (not verified) 18 May 2012 - 7:22pm

so i am hearin about a leak, im from trinidad and VERY VERY VERY worried, i have alreadii writteN 5 papers and i do not want to go thru those stressfull situations again due to a re sit due to this leak!!
is this 'leak' true or just a scam??!!!
shud i b worried??!!
>>>naf wazz here<<<<
o.O

nafifi (not verified) 19 May 2012 - 11:42am

In reply to by Kojo (not verified)

:)))) tank God!!
well gues its back to studying, have bio tuesday :/
~~naf~~

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