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  



makepeace (not verified) 28 February 2012 - 2:57pm

I sat this exam some years ago but failed to pass; I promised myself that I would sit it again, only this time I hope to pass with a grade A1. Today having my family its a bit complicated, never-the-less, if I could get some help to do this subject as an online course at home; then I know I will do very well.
Thank you.


Kathy-ann Daniel 29 March 2012 - 1:58pm

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The CXC CSEC Math and English A exams are always timetabled one after the other. Every year, every January, every June, every year; the CXC CSEC Math and English A exams come one after the other.

guest (not verified) 12 March 2015 - 5:10pm

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They are both very important subjects, although most individuals cannot do both and be very good at them together.

Guest (not verified) 30 March 2012 - 1:02pm

I am asking, if you could give me some conducive INFO on the CAPES EXAMS.The difference between UNIT 1 and UNIT 2, also if you can do both papers, in one year at privet institution's?Do you have to pay for both unit 1 and 2 separately?What if you attempt unit 2,do you have to do the UNIT 1 the other year?Is it possible for you to fail one paper and pass the other,and HOW this is represent on the result slip.

I would appreciate it if you respond back with ample info or notes,thank you.

admin 30 March 2012 - 11:48pm

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I am sorry, I do not have the answers to your questions.

This community was set up to support exam candidates sitting the CXC CSEC exams, not the CAPE exams. As a result, we do not source, collect or post information on the CAPE exams.

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guest(ANTS PAC) (not verified) 14 April 2012 - 3:20am

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shernette clarke (not verified) 8 August 2012 - 11:40am

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shernette clarke (not verified) 8 August 2012 - 11:43am

i would like to know what is my results in this particular exam

I did english A 2013 when i was in form 4, and i got a 2. I am writing over the exam so that I can obtain a grade I or a distinction, please help!!!!

Candy (not verified) 8 August 2012 - 4:19pm

I did HSB an it was easy got a (1) in it

kedesha (not verified) 14 January 2013 - 8:26pm

i want to hook up with persons writing human and social bio in may/june 2013 for a study group!! i need the support

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kamy (not verified) 9 May 2013 - 10:48am

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i need to pass hsb this year. got a four last year not getting that again but with god grace and mercy i will pass

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...J... (not verified) 10 May 2013 - 6:51pm

Just did that exam and i must say that the dedicated book for the subject is useless, ohh and the exam was stupid, it was a waste of time studying for it. choose biology instead. i love maths (lies)

guest (not verified) 10 May 2013 - 7:56pm

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i also did it and i second that... i felt the same way... bio is better... i want to see wht bio has in store for me... i felt it tested very few areas

guest (not verified) 10 May 2013 - 11:10pm

Studying for this exam was a waste of time and effort,Not even one internal organ diagram to label.should have expected this from cxc.

Natasha (not verified) 23 August 2013 - 9:37am

This website is great, I love it. Hope to pass H.S.B in 2014

shanica (not verified) 2 November 2013 - 8:40pm

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Hope to pass H.S.B in 2014 i know it's gonna be hard cause this subject doesn't even have a SBA

Tracey (not verified) 28 September 2013 - 10:03am

I did biology in may/June 2013 and I got it in ah 2. Now I'm planning on doing h.s.b in may/June 2014 and I think I can pass it becuz bio is kinda Sumn like h.s.b juz a bit harder.

guest (not verified) 13 November 2013 - 12:34pm

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guest (not verified) 23 November 2013 - 4:51pm

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i did integrated science may/june 2013 and i pass so i am going to use my science skills to do h.s.b

Rebekah (not verified) 30 September 2013 - 9:12pm

Well i am seeing a lot of complaints about HSB...i'm doing HSB in May/June 2014. I know i will pass with a grade 1...If anyone needs help in Chemistry i would be very happy to assist you. Chemistry is my subject :D

julie (not verified) 29 March 2015 - 10:38am

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Hi what grade u got

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lauren (not verified) 27 November 2013 - 7:38pm

I'm doing 9 subjects and they are a bit hard for me but I am praying to GOD above that I will pass all of them and I find HSB is a very easy subject it is just sometime hard to understand but when you read over your notes you will understand and using the syllabus can help you so those who are out there try it, it will work I'm written in 2014 and I have great confidence in myself to get a 1 or an distension

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