On Thursday, May 17th and Friday, May 18th, one thousand, eight hundred and forty-six (1,846) Grade Six (6) students will sit the final component of the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) in seventeen (17) centres throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
There are nine hundred and forty (940) females and nine hundred and six (906) males registered. The CPEA is an examination administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) for students exiting the primary cycle of their education.
The students will sit multiple choice papers in four subject areas, Mathematics, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies; Social Studies being assessed for the first time as part of the final component of the CPEA. On the first day of the examinations, students will write Mathematics and Social Studies and on the second day, students will write Language Arts and Science. The multiple-choice component of the assessment will comprise sixty percent (60 %) of their final score. Each Multiple Choice papers consists of fifty (50) items with a duration of one hour fifteen minutes per paper.
The results of the CPEA are expected to be published in June. The Ministry of Education will conduct the secondary school placement exercise as usual.
In 2017, the overall pass rate for the CPEA was 85.35%. Rosario Browne of the Kingstown Preparatory School was the top student with an average of 98%. All students who sat the exam in 2017 were placed into secondary schools. This is in conformity with the policy of Universal Access to Secondary Education.