CXC CSEC exam guide: Human and Social Biology

CXC CSEC Exam Guide

Human and Social Biology



Exam guide: Human and Social Biology

Based on the CXC CSEC Human and Social Biology syllabus (From May/June 2011)

Organization of the CXC CSEC Human and Social Biology exam


Exam time


Question type
Exam marks
Exam percent
paper 1
11/4 hrs

Multiple choice
(60 questions)

drawn from all areas of the syllabus
(each question is worth 1 mark)


60 marks
Paper 2
2 hours

Section A:

4 compulsory structured questions - drawn from all areas of the syllabus

(each question is worth 15 mks = 60 mks total)


Section B:

2 compulsory structured essay questions - drawn from all areas of the syllabus

(each question is worth 15 mks = 30 mks total)

90 marks
150 marks

The syllabus for the Human and Social Biology exam is divided into five (5) sections. Each section is comprised of several units.

The five sections are section A, B, C, D and E.

Section A

Living organisms and the environment

Section B

Life processes

Section C

Heredity and Variation

Section D

Disease and its impact on humans

Section E

The impact of health practices on the environment


The units in each section are listed below:


Section B: Life Processes

1. Nutrition


2. The Respiratory System


3. The Circulatory System


4. The Skeletal System


5. Excretion and Homeostasis


6. Coordination and Control


7. The Reproductive System

Section E: The Impact of Health Practices on the Environment  



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