CXC CSEC English A exam – Paper 1 topics

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 1 Skills

  • Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Paragraphing

 Section 2
Section two (2) is made up of forty (40) multiple choice reading comprehension questions based on your understanding of  five (5) passages. The passages will consist  of, 1) One poem
2) One narrative extract
3) One expository extract
4) one persuasive abstract ( e.g. an advertisement, speech or letter to the editor)
5) one visual abstract (e.g. a table, diagram, map, chart, cartoon or advertisement)
In this section, you will be tested on the following skills:
Section 2  Skills

  • Comprehension
  • Inference
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
Each question on this paper is worth one (1) mark. You should attempt to answer ALL 60 multiple choice questions on this paper. (If you don’t know an answer then  guess!)
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