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.