CXC CSEC English A exam: paper 1 topics
CXC English A exam paper 1 contains sixty (60) compulsory multiple choice questions organized into two (2) sections.(Compulsory means that you have no choice, you have to do ALL the questions on this Paper.) Section 1
| Section one (1) is made up of twenty (20) separate multiple choice questions. In this section, you will be tested on the following skills: Section One (1)skills
Section two (2) is made up of forty (40) multiple choice reading comprehension questions based on your understanding of four (4) or five (5) passages. At least ONEof the passages will be poetry. In this section, you will be tested on the following skills: Section Two (2) Skills
Each question on this paper is worth one (1) mark. You should attempt to answer ALL60 multiple choice questions on this paper. (If you don't know an answer then guess
CXC CSEC English A exam: Paper 2 exam topics
This paper contains eight (8) questions in four (4) sections
Section one (1): Summary writing
This section is made up of one compulsory question. In this section, you have to write a summary of a given passage or report. (There is no choice here, you have to answer the only question in this section.)
You will be given a passage or report and asked to write a summary of it.
The paper 2 directions state that in this section you must write in "continuous prose", that is, you must write using paragraphs. You MUST NOT write using note form. Also, after the allotted number of words, anything you write will not be assessed. Section 2
Section two (2): Reading comprehension
This section consists of two compulsory short answer reading comprehension questions. (Again there is no choice here, you have to answer both of the questions in this section).
Each question is made up of a reading passage and 7-8 questions on the passage. You must answer all the questions on each reading passage.
Section three (3): Short story writing/Descriptive writing
This section is made up of three questions. They include two short story essays - one with a picture and one without - and a descriptive essay.(You must choose one question to answer).
The paper 2 exam states that your answer in this section should be approximately 400-450 words in length and you must write in standard english, although you may use dialect in conversations. Here are samples of the type of short story questions that have been set in CXC English A past papers. Past Paper questions for both Paper 1 and Paper 2
Here are CXC past paper type short story questions.These are the types of short story questions that have been on CXC English A past papers NB CXC suggests spending no more than 45 minutes to answer the short story question on Paper 2 of the English A exam. They also suggest 400 - 450 words as the short story length
| Write a story entitled,"The decision that saved my life."
| "Jamila turned and walked away. I knew then that I had lost a friend." Write a story in which this sentence plays an important part.
| Write either a story OR a description entitled,
"The village where nobody lives anymore".
| Write a story which leads up to the following ending:
"To this day, people passing through Coconut Grove still stop to ask for Waspie."
| Write a story entitled: "The Dream That Came True."
Here is a CXC past paper type summary writing question.This is the type of summary writing question that has been on CXC English A past papers NB: CXC suggests spending no more than 35 minutes to answer the summary writing question in Section one, paper 2 of the English A exam.Read carefully the following conversation between Ross and Susan and then answer the question below it.
| Susan Charles, a fine secretary you are! Don't...
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