Tag: CSEC English A and B Exam Countdown 2017

Summary Writing Tips 2

Simple Summary Writing Guidelines

1. Read the texts quickly for main ideas (skim)
2. Look again at the passages to ensure you have all the main ideas (scan).
3. Underline the most important words (marking).
4. Write down the key words in simple sentences.
5. Compare the original text with yours to ensure that you have all the essential information.

Things to Remember

1. Stick to the word limit.
2.  Use your own words
3. Avoid Repetition
4. Avoid examples, statistics and other Persuasive Techniques
5. Avoid descriptive words and phrases (including figures of speech).
6. connect the points suitably and write proper paragraphs.


Summary Writing Practice 

Summary Writing 1  (disregard the mark scheme)

Here are some additional tips. You can start your video at 2:55 for the summary writing information.

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
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

Duration: 1hour and 30 mins
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
v  Questions 1 and 2 : Shakespeare
v  Questions 3 and 4: Modern Drama
v  Questions 5 and 6
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:

The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Frangipani House by Beryl Gilroy
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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
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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