CXC CSEC English A exam - Paper 3 topics (Private Candidates)


CXC CSEC English A exam - Paper 3/2   (Private Candidates)


From June 2018 ALL candidates sitting the CXC CSEC English A exam MUST sit paper 3. In-school candidates will complete paper 3/1 (School Based Assessment)

Private exam candidates who are not in school settings and who will be sitting the exam individually are required to sit a third exam - paper 3/2. This is the alternative to the School Based Assessment (SBA).


CXC CSEC English A exam paper 3/2 is a timed exam consisting of three (3) compulsory questions.

Two (2) compulsory questions will be short answer type questions. They consist of three parts each. For example question 1 will have parts 1a, 1b and 1c. Question 2 is organized in the same way.

For the third compulsory question you have to write an extended creative piece, for example an essay, a poem, short dramatic skit or song.


The exam questions  for CXC  CSEC English A paper 3/2 will be based on three pieces of stimulus material:

1) An excerpt from a recent newspaper article on a topical issue

2) A cartoon strip or lyrics to a song on the same topical issue

3) A poem, short story, or extract of a public speech, on the same topical issue.


The two compulsory questions will focus on:

(a) the topical issue raised in the stimulus materials

(b) the potential impact of the stimulus materials on the intended audience

(c) the language techniques used in the stimulus materials


The two (2)  compulsory short answer questions will also include questions on oral presentations. Exam candidates are required to research and be able to answer questions on the characteristics and features of oral presentations.


For the compulsory, extended, creative question, exam candidates will select one of the topics raised in the three stimulus materials and create a personal response to it. This personal response may take the form of an essay, poetry, lyrics to a song, or a dramatic skit. It should be no longer than 2 pages in length.



Here is a sample of a CXC CSEC English A specimen exam paper 3/2



English A (not verified) 26 March 2018 - 3:56pm

On the compulsory question that we have to write an extended creative piece, is it our choice to choose whether to write an essay, a poem, short dramatic skit or song?

Hello, yes it is your choice in what form you write your extended creative piece. You can see what an example question looks like by clicking on the link at the end of the post.

cassidy (not verified) 10 April 2018 - 11:47pm

Does the song in Q2 have to be something i wrote or something that has been sang already?

admin 14 April 2018 - 1:00am

In reply to by cassidy (not verified)

Hello, it has to be something that you wrote yourself

cassidy (not verified) 25 April 2018 - 10:42pm

In reply to by admin

( sorry in advance for all the questions) for question 1 are we taking an excerpt from the newspaper and developing it into an argumentative essay? Or are we just quoting from the newspaper? I'm studying at home and honestly kind of really lost with paper 3 and how it suppose to be done. Any help/ guidance will be much appreciated

ggg (not verified) 10 May 2018 - 10:48am

In reply to by admin

On the paper three personal response, is it okay if we choose an essay response instead of drama skits, poetry, etc., or we can only decide based on the options stated on the paper?

Emily Williams (not verified) 5 May 2018 - 11:23pm

Need help inorder for me to pass english june 2018.

Diana (not verified) 6 February 2019 - 9:09pm

What is the sense of having a paper 3 for English A ? When it borders closely with English B. English A should never be a difficult subject to pass, even the criteria is different now, and to see an additional paper for a subject that was not complicated in the first place is a turn off especially to those who have done English A during the period in the early 90's to the mid 2000's . I am a bit concern as to why the need for a Paper 3 honestly.

Josh (not verified) 16 May 2019 - 9:47pm

For question 3 what do I have to write one?I have to write this tomorrow so I really need a answer which would be most appreciated

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