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REPORT ON CANDIDATES’ WORK IN THE
SECONDARY EDUCATION CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION
JANUARY 2008
OFFICE ADMINISTRATION
Copyright © 2008 Caribbean Examinations Council ®
St Michael Barbados
All rights reservedGENERAL COMMENTS
Paper 01 – Multiple Choice
Paper 02 – Short Answer
Paper 03/2 – Alternative to the School-Based Assessment (SBA) Candidates’ performance in the January 2008 sitting of Office Administration showed significant improvement. Specific comments onthe candidates’ performance willbe addressed separately under each paper.

Three papers were offered at the General Proficiency level:
Paper 01 – Multiple Choice
Paper 02 – Short Answer
Paper 3/2 – Alternative to the SBA
The examination was designed to ensure broad coverage of the syllabus, and the objectives tested were chosen from all the units.
The two profiles used in the assessment of Office Administration are Knowledge and Application. These two profiles are tested in the Paper 01 examination. Candidates performance in this paper improved significantly compared with performance in January 2006 and 2007. The mean of this Paper in 2006 and 2007 was 38.34 and 36.46 respectively compared with 40 in 2008. This improvement in performance is reflected in the overall improvement in the subject. Paper 02 also assesses Knowledge and Application of procedures associated with specialized office activities and office routines. The paper consists of The total mark for this paper is 90. There are four compulsory questions in Section I based on UnitsI, II, III, IV, V, VI and XII. Section II consists of four optional questions taken from Units VII, VIII, IX, X and XI. Candidates are required to answer ONLY two questions from this section. For every sitting of the Office Administration examination there are candidates who ignore thisinstruction and do allfour questions in thissection to theirdetriment.Teachers mustcontinue to encourage studentsto readthe instructions given on the examination paper....
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