CXC: Caribbean Examinations Council

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), set up in 1972, is an institution of the Caribbean community (Caricom) that provides educational certifications in 16 English speaking Commonwealth Caribbean countries and territories. The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) provides examinations and certification at the secondary and post-secondary levels. The Caribbean Examinations Council offers three levels of examinations and certifications:
  • Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA)
  • Caribbean Secondary Education Certification (CSEC)
  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE)

CXC Examinations

The CXC examinations and certification are recognized accepted regionally and internationally. The Participating Territories are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) 

Students after the completion of the primary school education in Barbados sit for CPEA examination and this examination marks the cessation of primary school. The focus of this assessment is on a set of literacies necessary for students to achieve at higher levels of education. These include:
  • Mathematical
  • Language
  • Civic
  • Scientific

Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) 

Students after the completion of the secondary school in Barbados sit for CSEC examination and this examination marks the cessation of secondary school education. 
  • Aged: 16 and above

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE)

Students who have successfully completed their secondary school and want to go for higher studies can take the CAPE examinations. Pupils appearing for the CAPE exams generally must hold a CSEC or an equivalent certificate. The CAPE is a voluntary qualification used as an entry requirement for tertiary education in Barbados and some other countries as well.
  • Age: 18 years old

For more details including curriculum, examination dates and results etc see official website Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)

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