CXC CSEC English A exam - Paper 1 topics


CXC CSEC English A exam - Paper 1 topics (2018)

CXC English A exam paper 1 contains sixty (60) compulsory multiple choice questions organized into two (2) sections.

(Compulsory means that you have no choice, you have to do ALL the questions on this Paper.)



Section 1


Section one (1) is made up of twenty five (25) separate multiple choice questions. In this section, you will be tested on the following skills:


Section 1 skills



Section 2


Section two (2) is made up of thirty five (35) multiple choice reading comprehension questions based on your understanding of five (5) passages. The passages will consist of,

1) One poem

2) One narrative extract from a novel, short story, biography, diary or letter

3) One expository extract from an informational source e.g. newspaper article, report or text of a speech

4) one argumentative abstract ( e.g. an advertisement, speech or letter to the editor)

5) one visual abstract (e.g. a table, diagram, map, chart, cartoon or advertisement)

In this section, you will be tested on the following skills:


Section 2 Skills



Each question on this paper is worth one (1) mark. You should attempt to answer ALL 60 multiple choice questions on this paper. (If you don't know an answer then guess!)


Take me to the library to practice with some online multiple choice tests.

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Rojay (not verified) 16 April 2009 - 12:54am

Thanks. This will be very help full to me

Davis (not verified) 14 May 2011 - 10:52pm

In reply to by Rojay (not verified)

i have never in my lifetime feel so excited about a exam,i think i only need a little help with summary writing. please asist me

TRACEY-ANN BUR… (not verified) 1 October 2009 - 1:41pm

thanks this will be of great help

ansem (not verified) 3 October 2009 - 3:18pm

i need a study group

I would be willing to help study as i need to prepare for CXC English which i will be writing this year in 4th form.

shanice .r (not verified) 10 October 2009 - 4:04pm

hi maths is giving me a headache and am going to right it 4 the first time any help.:(

JUNIOR BLESS (not verified) 13 October 2009 - 12:55pm

i'm not interested in any idlers ok jus people who really mean u all know we need to study to show our selves approve unto i say again no i mean no idlers ok.god bless u all.bless up everytime.

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sarah s (not verified) 22 November 2009 - 1:45pm

Jeee thank God for this sight i sooo hate English so anyone interested in studying u know what to do...

G (not verified) 25 November 2009 - 2:10am

Am sitting the exam in January and am still hang up on story writing.Can i get some help please? God will bless you.

tintin16 (not verified) 2 December 2009 - 12:10am

In reply to by G (not verified)

i can help u i'm good in writing storys

Renee (not verified) 26 April 2011 - 11:43pm

In reply to by tintin16 (not verified)

Hey can you help me write stories

jermainef5 (not verified) 9 January 2010 - 12:48pm

anyone knows how can i get the English syllabus. any assistance would be good, thank u.

admin 9 January 2010 - 1:58pm

In reply to by jermainef5 (not verified)

Hello jermainef5,

our CXC English exam guide is a pretty thorough breakdown of what is actually in the CXC English A syllabus.

In fact, it is much more, because in addition to the info from the CXC English A syllabus, we provide an amazing amount of resources to help your prepare for and pass the CXC English A exam.

Take a look at it and let us know if you think something that should be there, isn't there. You could help us to improve the guide.

jermainef5 (not verified) 30 January 2010 - 7:01pm

In reply to by admin

Thanks, just wanted some extra help but I went through the site and found some great tips, like the section where you had answer a summary question and gave us tips on how to, cause that seems to be my weak point, and I need to pass that English so I can continue my studies.

You guys are doing a great job in helping the Caribbean students and I am going to recommend this site to those who have problem English and math where I work.

thanks again, blessings

admin 31 January 2010 - 10:04am

In reply to by jermainef5 (not verified)

Thank you for taking the time to review the resources that we have collected.

And yes, please do recommend us to your co-workers. We intend to keep adding to our collection, so that it becomes bigger and better!

Good luck with your exams too! We hope that you do well and can continue with your studies.

P.S. Did you see the CXC short story award for 2009? It's great for seeing the kinds of short story writing that CXC English markers like. Let us know if you find the stories helpful at all.

chantel (not verified) 15 March 2011 - 7:48pm

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why do they not put past paper question on this.

kirstoff (not verified) 18 January 2010 - 3:14pm

In reply to by jermainef5 (not verified)

i have a specimen paper for 2010 if you need it here is my email address

jermainef5 (not verified) 30 January 2010 - 7:29pm

In reply to by kirstoff (not verified)

I got a 2006 syllabus but it’s too much to go through, work and school takes up all my time, ur specimen have like guides .

I make English sound like I’m building a network, but this site is good enough jus need to practice. Work on my grammar, summary and my persuasive writing.

nuff Respect fi the reply kirstoff,all the best with ur studies. Bless

guest (not verified) 12 April 2012 - 11:39am

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In reply to by jermainef5 (not verified)

You can get it to buy at caribean examination center for $200

simone page (not verified) 25 March 2011 - 12:46am

hello! can anyone help me with my english? its giving me a worm time.

simone page (not verified) 3 May 2011 - 1:01am

hay kieta! i get the impression that you are good at i right?need a little help.yours would be appreciated.can you explain precisely what's an assonance, alliteration, anomatopoeia, rhythm, tone and so on.i would be vary thankful

sipho (not verified) 10 June 2011 - 3:41am

In reply to by simone page (not verified)

can you tell me what is an alleteration and assonance

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