Marking criteria for expression and understanding in the CXC English A exam

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What is the marking criteria for the profiles 'expression' and 'understanding' in the CXC English A exam?

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hi it's my first time taking cxc in english n am havin a warm time with writing comprehension

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Here is the marking criteria for expression and understanding

Hi, you have a really good question. a member commented here that in his CXC English exam he always passed the understanding profile but failed the expression profile.

So the question is, "How important is the expression profile for passing the CXC English A exam?"

Well, I did some checking in the CXC English A syllabus which is posted here in our community, and what I found is that:

1) Paper 1 does NOT test expression; only understanding.

2) Paper 2, section 1 - the summary writing question - expression = 13.3% of final mark

3) Paper 2, section 2 - Does NOT test expression; that's the reading comprehension section.

4) Paper 2, section 3 - the short story writing question - expression = 23.3% of final mark

5) Paper 2, section 4 - The persuasive/argumentative question - expression = 23.3% of the final mark.

In all therefore, 60% of the total exam marks for the CXC English A exam come from three sections on paper 2 of the exam. These are 1) the compulsory summary question, 2) the short story and 3) the persuasive/argumentative essay.

So, it would be correct to say that if you want to pass the CXC English A exam, you need to be able to do well on these three types of questions.

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how to really express my self