CXC CSEC exam guide: Principles of Business (POB)

CXC CSEC exam guide: Principles of Business (POB)


CXC CSEC exam guide: Principles of Business (POB)

Based on the CXC CSEC Principles of Business (POB) syllabus


Organization of the CXC CSEC Principles of Business (POB) exam:

In-school exam candidates: The general proficiency exam consists of two (2) papers and a School Based Assessment (SBA) project.

Private exam candidates: The general proficiency exam consists of three (3) exam papers.

Exam time
Question type
Exam marks
Exam percent
paper 1
15 mins

Multiple choice
(60 questions)
Testing the three profile dimensions

60 marks
Paper 2
2 hours

A structured essay paper consisting of seven (7) questions divided into two (2) sections.

Section A:
3 compulsory questions from section 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 of the syllabus

Section B:
4 questions,
2 questions from section 1-8 and
2 questions from section 8-10.

Candidates will be required to answer 2 questions from this section.

Candidates must answer all 3 questions from section A and 2 out of the 4 questions from section B.

Each question will be worth 20 marks.

Questions on section A contribute 60 marks and questions on section B contribute 40 marks.


100 marks

A School Based Assessment (SBA) component covering the profile dimensions of the syllabus.


40 marks
1 hr

A case study for private candidates only.


40 marks
200 marks



The syllabus for the CXC Principles of Business exam is divided into three (3) profile dimensions. Each profile dimension is comprised of several sections.

The three profiles dimensions are profile 1, 2 and 3.

Profile dimension 1 Organizational Principles
Profile dimension 2 Production Marketing and Finance
Profile dimension 3 The Business Environment


The sections in each profile dimension are listed below:
Profile dimension
1. Organizational Principles
1. The Nature of Business
  2. Internal Organizational Environment
  3. Establishing A Business
  4. Legal Aspects of Business


2. Production, Marketing and Finance
5. Production
  6. Marketing
  7. Business Finance


3. The Business Environment
8. The role of Government in an Economy
  9. Social Accounting and Global Trade
  10. Regional and Global Business Environment

allalone (not verified) 24 May 2011 - 8:13pm

I hope POB wont be as challenging as OA was. But thanks for the help you provided

Akeyha (not verified) 16 May 2018 - 12:53pm

In reply to by robbie robinson (not verified)

can you help me to get a grade 1 please. I am crying in help

guest (not verified) 27 September 2011 - 2:31pm

In reply to by allalone (not verified)

oa is not heard i got 3 in it but pob is not hard

Lasonya Reid (not verified) 8 October 2011 - 6:41pm

Hi I'm doing POB and POA can u help me? I'm Lasonya Reid

adailfelix (not verified) 14 October 2011 - 2:02pm

In reply to by biscuit bourbon (not verified)

i will be doing P.O.B for C.X.C next year and that is one of the subject i will really like to get

pinky (not verified) 7 November 2011 - 11:12am

i have never done thid before so i need a lot of help

kimberley smith (not verified) 16 December 2011 - 4:35pm

In reply to by pinky (not verified)

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Justine aka kn… (not verified) 26 November 2011 - 10:53pm

I'm a bright girl wen it cums unto pob and i dont have any problem wit this subject and i knw next year i will past it in cxc

Prince Blackman (not verified) 18 April 2012 - 6:54am

In reply to by Justine aka kn… (not verified)

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FBH (not verified) 30 November 2011 - 5:13pm

I have never done POB and would love to pass it with nothing less than a grade 2.I work full time and I am a single parent.I realize that i have to do lots of reading {which i don't mind},but time is so consuming for me.How do i work that out for next year exams.

You should set up a study timetable around your work and family schedule and try to keep to it.

dermoy watson (not verified) 13 December 2011 - 1:14pm

why cant i take the exam

guestjojo (not verified) 12 March 2012 - 6:16pm

In reply to by dermoy watson (not verified)

i am so disappointed in cxc for how they mark us people work had and they can't pass the subject

guest (not verified) 9 February 2012 - 1:23pm

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tenya harrison (not verified) 16 April 2012 - 11:09pm

In reply to by Reggieboo (not verified)

I want to study to get a 1 in my cxc P.O.B exams

Prince Blackman (not verified) 18 April 2012 - 6:49am

In reply to by nastascia (not verified)

hey im doing POB and i dont mint studying with you. Always remember two minds are better than one.

Neisha keys so… (not verified) 3 May 2012 - 1:05pm

I want help with section Two but except Vectors and Matrices that's easy. Speed time graphs and the others I want immediate help with that.

disha (not verified) 10 May 2012 - 12:16pm

studyin for pob anyone wanna be my study partner

xhy (not verified) 24 May 2012 - 8:21pm

cxc pob is tomr nd i want nothing less than a grade to prayin to God its easy its one of my most difficult exams

POB is not really hard u just have to put your mind to it stay focused and remember aim for a grade 1.........put God first,pray,study,live laugh,love,peace !!!!

Chris (not verified) 29 May 2013 - 3:15am

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!! this site may have just helped me to get the 1 or 2 :) i hope the site manger(s) keep up the good work! this is a wonderful site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

najee mckenzie (not verified) 12 September 2013 - 7:55pm

great programme

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sash foster (not verified) 10 January 2014 - 1:32pm

i hate doing science lab

terry (not verified) 8 July 2014 - 10:45am

Is POB hard???..I'm about to do some subjects looking for something easy.

Richard (not verified) 11 July 2014 - 1:51am

In reply to by terry (not verified)

In my experience with CXC CSEC, I would advise that you do subjects that appeal to you rather than those that are considered to be 'easier' options. In fact, one of the reasons why I sat POB was because I was told that it was an easy subject therefore I grasped the opportunity to do it. Sad to say that that was my greatest regret with doing CSEC (or maybe not since I haven't got my results yet). Firstly, it was mind-numbingly boring with absolutely no analysis required and the syllabus is inexhaustibly long. However the SBA is the only reprieve as it's kinda interesting.
Secondly, I did 2 business subjects out of 14 and I did them and a few others because they were 'easy'. If your intentions are to go into the field of business then go ahead, otherwise I advise you not to waste your time since it would be a qualification you would never use in life.
Thirdly, there is the risk that you may not like the subject (very big risk!) and it may be too late to drop it. In the end, you would go into the exam room ruing the day you decided to do POB (I am not exaggerating). Then you will get a grade representing the attitude you placed into POB which in the aforementioned case would be a II or a III, or worse.

Notwithstanding, if you think you can manage the boredom of POB then go ahead. Or if you are just looking for something truly easy, try EDPM or Food and Nutrition (if it is offered).

BTW POB is not as 'easy' as they say it is as you have to remember a lot of notes, which is terrible if you are not about that life.

Haddiie (not verified) 11 July 2014 - 4:40pm

In reply to by terry (not verified)

No it's not hard but a lot of reading is required and there are terminologies you'll have to learn off...that's it basically.

marshy (not verified) 24 November 2014 - 12:34pm

Its my first time doing POB I am a single parent with a full time job I need lots of help

amelia (not verified) 16 April 2015 - 3:55pm

In reply to by marshy (not verified)

its not hard you just ot to read over your notes on the main exam topic thats all

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