Some 18,849 students are expected to sit the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) in over 483 primary schools across the country today.
The examination comprises focus in two subject areas - English Language and Mathematics. This will be split into three papers which all students must attempt - English Language Arts and Creative Writing, Mathematics and English Language Arts.
The mathematics component carries 100 marks, the English Language Arts 60 and the English Language Arts and Creative Writing 40.
The students’ scores will be combined and used for placement of students into some 141 secondary schools throughout the country later this year.
According to the Ministry of Education’s Assessment Framework for the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) 2019-2023, there have been some changes to the examination. These are as follows:
— Reduction in the number of items in the Mathematics and English Language Arts papers
— Introduction of explicit levels of thinking for the objectives that are assessed for
Reading Comprehension and Mathematics
— Assessment of spelling, punctuation, capitalisation and grammar in context (short passages)
— Incorporation of money as a component under the number strand in Mathematics
— Use of prose/fictional passages as part of the comprehension
— Increased emphasis on Reading Comprehension
Last year, 65.5 per cent of students scored above 50 per cent in the exam. Of these, 58.8 per cent of students sitting the exam scored above 50 in mathematics, 57.9 per cent scored above 50 per cent in English Language, and 55.5 per cent scored 50 per cent in Creative writing.
Historically, the examination has seen girls outperforming the boys.
Last year, Gandhi Memorial Vedic School’s Saeish Rampersad topped the examination with a 100 per cent score while second place was held by Jada Ramnath of the same school.
Reporter: Rishard Khan