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Overview of the 2011-2013 CXC English A Examiners ReportsThe Caribbean Examination Council produces an annual report on the performance of students in the CXC English A General Proficiency Examination which consists of two papers Paper one is the multiple choice paper which tests the understanding profile and Paper two is the free response paper that tests both understanding and expression profiles The report gives general and specific advice to teachers It also aims to inform teachers and other school officials about the strengths and weaknesses of students performance in the examination The report stipulates what teachers need to do in order to help students to become competent in English Language Additionally the report stipulates that English should be an ongoing process of acquiring and developing skills The examiners report for 2011-2013 January examinations have shown similar trends of the weaknesses and strengths of students in particular sections of the examination and these strengths and weaknesses have implications for teachers preparing students for the CXC English A examinationThe examiners revealed that the performance of students in 2011 on Paper one was plausiblegood 79 of students scored grades one to two and were capable of answering inferential questions Additionally the year 2012 and 2013 revealed that students performed fairly good on paper one76 of students received grades one to three in 2012 while 80 of students achieved grades one to three in 2013 However in 2012 and 2013 students had difficulty answering the questions on the persuasive textOverall over the three year period the students performance in specific area of the subject posed problems and seemed troubling As a result the examiners urged teachers to pay particular attention to these areas of the examination Summary Writing is one such area In section one of the paper where summary writing was done it showed that students had several difficulties The examiners cited that students continuously were unable to write proper summaries They
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