Covid-19 Forces New Procedures For CSEC, CAPE


The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has modified the CSEC and CAPE examinations process, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sitting of the exams is usual May/ June however, it has now been pushed to July as several countries across the region have closed schools with the aim to stop and limit the spread of the virus.

The Council’s modified process includes:

1. Administration of at least one common paper (Multiple Choice Assessments)
2. School-Based Assessments (SBAs) and Paper 032s (Alternative to SBA) for private candidates
3. Award final grades based on the moderated SBAs and multiple-choice papers.

The following are exceptions to the aforementioned process where candidates will be required to complete additional components:

1. Modern Languages (Spanish, French, and Portuguese)
2. Human and Social Biology
3. Visual Arts

The Council says this strategy will employ the e-Testing modality (online and offline) in order to reduce the examinations administration processing time resulting in the shortest turn-around time for marking and the release of examination results.

Additionally, the process will provide an opportunity for the timely presentation of grades to facilitate matriculation to higher education or to access employment and will also minimizes disruption to the 2020/2021 academic year, the Council said in a release. 

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) says it continues to work closely with the Ministries of Education within CARICOM to actively cater to the educational development of all.


Shannon-Dale Reid

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