Saturday, 29 April 2017

A Layout of the 2017 English A & B CSEC Exam

We are kickstarting out CSEC English A and B Exam countdown. I wanted to start by reviewing the layout of the English A and B Exam; so that you remember exactly what will come on the paper. Remember to come back EACH day for tips and an overview of each section of the English A and B exam paper.


English A 

English A  Paper 1

The duration of the exam is 1 hr, 30 mins

English A Paper 2

The duration of the exam is 2 hrs, 30 mins


60 Multiple Choice Questions

Questions 1-20

These questions can be a combination of the following questions:
ü  Synonyms,
ü  Antonyms,
ü  Sentence Completion,
ü  Error Recognition,
ü  Usage,
ü  Construction shift,
ü  Equivalent Sentences

Questions 21-60

Comprehension Passages
These passages can the following types of writing:
ü  narrative,
ü  expository,
ü  persuasive or
ü  descriptive

 You might also receive a poem.


Section A- Summary

1 Compulsory Summary Writing Question
30 marks

Section B- Comprehension

2 Compulsory Short Answer Comprehensions

2 comprehension passages
OR
1 Comprehension passage & 1 poem

30 marks
Section C

2 Short Story Questions
&
1 Description Writing Question

Answer 1 question from this section

35 marks
Section D

2 Argumentative Essay questions

Answer 1 question from this section

35 marks











































Click the links below to review the following sections:


English B

PAPER 01
Duration: 1hour and 30 mins
 PAPER 02
Duration: 2 hours
This paper consists of three questions (a drama extract, a poem and a prose extract).

All questions are compulsory (must be answered).

Short Answers

Each section is worth 20 marks

This paper consists of twelve questions, arranged in three sections

SECTION A: DRAMA
v  Questions 1 and 2 : Shakespeare
v  Questions 3 and 4: Modern Drama

SECTION B: POETRY
v  Questions 5 and 6

SECTION C: PROSE FICTION
v  Questions 6 and 7: Novel
v  Questions 11 and 12: Short Story

You are expected to answer THREE (3) questions, ONE question from EACH section.

Each question is marked out of 35 marks. 25 marks are allotted for content and 10 for grammar and organization. 

You MUST write in the essay format and develop all responses fully.

Only texts that are on the prescribed list for the examination must be used to answer the questions.


Click the title of the play, novel, short story or poem to see additional information.

The English B exam is based on the following texts, poems and short stories:

DRAMA

The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka
DRAMA

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
PROSE FICTION

Frangipani House by Beryl Gilroy

PROSE FICTION

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

SHORT STORY

1.      ‘Mom Luby and the Social Worker’ by Kristin Hunter
2.      The Man of the House’ by Frank O’Connor
3.      The Day the World Almost Came to an End by Pearl Crayton
4.      ‘Raymond’s Run’ by Tony Cade Bambara
5.      ‘Berry’ by Langston Hughes

SHORT STORY

6.      ‘Shabine’ by Hazel Simmons- McDonald
7.      ‘Emma’ by Carolyn Cole
8.      To Da-duh, in Memoriam by Paule Marshall
9.      The Two Grandmothers by Olive Senior
10.  ‘Georgia and Them There United States’ by Velma Pollard



POETRY

1. Dreaming Black Boy’ by James Berry
2. Theme for English B’ by Langston Hughes
3. A Stone’s Throw’ by Elma Mitchell
4. Once Upon A Time’ by Gabriel Okara
5. It is the constant Image of your Face’ by Dennis Brutus
6. Test Match Sabina Park’ by Stewart Brown
7. Le Loupgarou’ by Derek Walcott
8. Ol’ Higue’ by Mark McWatt
9. This is a Dark Time, My Love’ by Martin Carter
10. ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen
11. The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed Her Son’ by Lorna Goodison
12.  ‘Forgive My Guilt’ by Robert P. Tristram Coffin
13. West Indies, U.S.A.’ by Stewart Brown
14. Sonnet Composed Upon Westminster Bridge’ by William Wordsworth
15. ‘South’ by Kamau Brathwaite
16. ‘Orchids’ by Hazel Simmons-McDonald
17. A Contemplation Upon Flowers’ by Henry King
18. “A Lesson for this Sunday” by Derek Walcott
19. ‘Because I could not stop for Death’ by Emily Dickinson
20. “Death came to see me in Hot Pink Pants” by Heather Royes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Click the title of the play, novel, short story or poem to see additional information.

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