CXC CSEC English A exam - Time Management in the exam

Suggested time management for answering papers 1 and 2 of the CXC CSEC English A exam

Here is the time allowed for the two papers of the CXC CSEC English A exam.
Here we also give you some suggestions about how to manage your time in the exam room.

Paper 1

Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes.
Note: The time allowed for this exam paper in minutes = 90 minutes.
This mean that you have 90 minutes to complete 60 multiple choice questions.

Paper 2

Time allowed: 2 hours 30 minutes.
Note: The time allowed for this exam paper in minutes = 150 minutes.
This means that you have 150 minutes to plan and write 5 essay answers.

Time management in the English A exams

Paper 1

Given that you have 90 minutes to answer 60 multiple choice questions, this gives you an average time of 1 1/2 minutes to read and answer each question.
You will need to budget your time accordingly.

CXC English A Exam
Exam time allowed
Exam time in minutes
Number of exam questions
Time to
check answers
at the end
of the exam
Time to answer each question
Paper 1
1 hour
30 minutes
90 minutes
60
5 minutes

1 min. 25 seconds
(85 seconds)

Paper 2

We have revised our time management table for the CXC CSEC English A exam, paper 2 to keep more closely to the suggested time that CXC gives on its exam paper to answer each section. Here is CXC's recommended time to answer each section in paper 2 of the English A exam.

CXC suggested time to answer each section
on Paper 2 of the English A exam
CXC English A paper 2 exam
Section A:
Summary writing
Section B:
Reading comprehension
Section C:
Short story
Section D:
Persuasive essay
Total
CXC suggested time
35 min
35 min
40 min
30 min

150 min

Exam mark
30 mks
30 mks
35 mks
35 mks
130 mks

There is one little issue however.

With its suggested time, CXC does not give any suggestions about how to allocate time for checking answers at the end of the exam or writing quick essay
points or outlines at the start of the exam (while your mind is still fresh).

So we do that work for you. We take CXC's suggested time for each section, adjust it
to leave time for quick essay poins at the start of the exam and answer checking at the end of the exam and come up with our suggested time to answer each section.

So in the table below you will find CXC's suggested time to answer each section, our suggested time to answer each section and how much each section is worth in marks.You can use this table to make your own assessment and your own decision on how you will allocate your time in the exam.

Recommended time to answer
each section of paper 2 in the
CXC English A exam

CXC English A exam: Paper 2

Exam marks
CXC suggested time
CaribExams suggested time

Time to write quick essay points

0 min
5 min

Section A:
Summary writing

30 mks
35 min
35 min

Section B:
Reading comprehension

30 mks
40 min
30 min

Section C:
Short story

35 mks
40 min
40 min
Section D:
Persuasive essay
35 mks
35 min
35 min

Time to check answers at the end of the exam

0 min
5 min

Total

130 mks
150 min
150 min

Fivestar

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