Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Common Entrance 2020: Range of scores for secondary schools

Registrar of Examinations, Carmelita Matthew

Registrar of Examinations, Carmelita Matthew

The Ministry of Education has issued a synopsis of the 2020 Common Entrance Examination results.

The synopsis includes additional information to complement our previous report on the results.

"The results of 2183 candidates were processed for the 2020 Common Entrance Examination. 

Of these, 1052 were male and 1131 were female. 

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Fifty–two candidates were provided with accommodations including large print, reader, scribe, reader-scribe and attendant.  Fifteen candidates were absent.

For this year’s examination, the composite scores ranged from 17.22% to 98.22%.  The national mean was 64.26% representing an increase of 4.17% when compared to the 2019 national mean of 60.09%.

One thousand one hundred and ninety-two (1192) or 55% of the candidates scored at or above the national mean, while nine hundred and ninety–one (991) or 45% scored below the mean. 

Two thousand one hundred and seventy-three (2173) candidates were assigned to 21 secondary schools. 


"The Common Entrance Examination this year comprised only of the Multiple Choice components.  The COVID-19 pandemic forced the Ministry of Education to take a bold decision to eliminate the subjective components of the examination.  By doing so, the amount of time candidates spent in the examination room decreased."

"The descriptive statistics for each subject topic are provided in Table 4.  In General Paper, Mathematics and English Language all components recorded means of over 50% except for English Language – Spelling.

Overall, the highest mean of 73.90% was recorded in English Language-Word Usage whilst the lowest mean of 49.10% was recorded in English Language- Spelling.



The performance of candidates at the district level is presented in Table 6.  Their means ranged from 58.51% to 68.85%.  Districts one, two, six and seven attained a mean greater than the national mean of 64.26%.

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