CXC issues statement on 2021 Exams

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    Some adjustments have been made to the 2021 CSEC and CAPE exams in light of the many challenges across region, including COVID-19 pandemic, and the ongoing La Soufrière eruption.

    In a release, CXC says it recognizes that some candidates across the region, based on their particular circumstances, may not be ready for the June/July 2021 examinations cycle.

    As such, it says it certain decisions have been taken.

    Most notably, CXC says it has implemented a facility for candidates to defer sitting examinations and SBA submissions until the January 2022 CSEC or the May/June 2022 CAPE, CSEC and CCSLC (Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence) examinations cycle.


    1. SBA scores can be transferred for use in the next examination sitting, where the subject is offered.
    2. The rules pertaining to the reuse of SBA scores for resit candidates remain unchanged.
    3. Candidates may also submit a new SBA or delay submission of SBAs until the chosen sitting
    4. For the first time, CXC will accept SBAs in January 2022 for candidates deferring to sit examinations for subjects offered in that period.

    Candidates wanting to defer from the June/July 2021 examination cycle should indicate this intention by May 1st 2021.

    CXC says no fee will be charged for the deferral.

    It adds that the granting of the deferral will be managed by the principal, for in-school candidates, and by the CXC Local Registrar, for private candidates.

    For those writing the exam this year, CXC says it has reduced the SBA requirements by as much as 50% in some subjects, with information outlined in the previously published SBA Student Handbook.

    CXC says it will also share the Broad topics to be assessed on Paper 2 for subjects where such details are not already available in the syllabus.

    It says this will be provided to the various Education Ministries for distribution to all candidates on May 10th, 5 weeks before the start of the exams.

    Paper 1 however will still assess the entire syllabus.