CXC CSEC exam guide: Social Studies

CXC CSEC Social Studies exam

CXC CSEC Social Studies exam guide

Based on the CXC CSEC Social Studies syllabus (effective May/June 2010)

Organization of the CXC CSEC Social Studies 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
15 mins

Multiple choice
(60 questions)

30 questions on section A
questions on section B

60 marks
2 hrs
30 mins

An essay paper made up of 10 questions in three sections.
You must answer five questions.

Section A – This section consists of three questions. You must answer two questions.

Each question is divided into a number of parts. Your responses should be the form of short answers. All short answers must written in complete sentences.

Section B – This section consists of four questions.

Two questions on Development and Use of Resources (part 1)
Two questions on regional integration (part 2)

You are must answer two questions.

One on Development and Use of Resources.
One on Regional integration.

Your responses should be written in the form of short answers and extended essays.

Section C - This section consists of three questions.
One from each of the three options: Communication
Consumer Affairs

You must answer one question from this section.

The total marks for the 5 questions in paper 2 is 100 marks.

100 marks


A School-Based Assessment (SBA) component comprising an individual report on a group or (SBA) individual project

40 marks
1 hr 30 mins

Alternative to the SBA (for private candidates): a third exam paper consisting of 5 structured questions based on a research activity.

40 marks
200 marks

The syllabus for the Social Studies exam is divided into three (3) sections.

Two sections are divided into subsections. All are listed below:


Social Studies Sections

A. Individual, family and Society

B. Sustainable Development and Use of Resources

1. Development and Use of Resources

2. Regional Integration

C. Options

Option 1 Communication

Option 2 Consumer Affairs

Option 3 Tourism

Please note: exam candidates must study at least one option in detail.



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I can try to get the other sections for the CXC CSEC Social Studies exam guide posted as soon as possible. However, we will not be supporting CXC CSEC modern languages or CXC CSEC Home Economics at any time, so we will not be posting exam guides for those subjects.

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Its either an SBA worth 20% or the 3/2 paper that worth 20%. If you are in school you will have to submit an SBA.... Private candidates have to do the 3/2 paper

So its 100% and not 120%

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Zanny (not verified) 19 November 2013 - 4:28pm

Im doing this exam next year... we working on our exams... anyoje know how many copies i might be given? My topic is violence at my school... andjd want an idea of how many my teacher will say

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Jamelia (not verified) 28 January 2018 - 9:59am

is it true that we are going to do all question on the cxc social studies paper this year?.

Gary Marshall (not verified) 10 February 2018 - 2:39pm

Can you do well on paper one and paper 3 and try in paper two but not what you expected in paper 2 and still pass?

alisha18 (not verified) 28 October 2018 - 2:01pm

I am doing a Social Studies SBA my topic is "Child Abuse" my Topic statement is "the emotional effects that child abuse have on the children in my community" my problem is I don't understand how to write up the questionnaire or even how to start it.

Cheryl Campbell (not verified) 16 April 2020 - 9:47am

The information on this page is outdated and can mislead students who visit this page. Only the last Section comes with more than one question to choose from. There are only TWO sections on the CSEC Social Studies paper, A and B . Section A consist of four compulsory questions and Section B comprises 3 questions for the students to choose one.

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