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CARIB | May 13, 2022

CXC releases 2022 CAPE/CSEC broad exam topics

Juanique Tennant

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Making good on its promise to allay the apprehensions of teachers and students ahead of the upcoming sitting of May/June examinations, the Caribbean Examinations Council has released the 2022 broad exam topics for all paper two Caribbean Secondary Examinations Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE) examinations.

The release follows numerous calls from various education stakeholders that the council be mindful of the challenges faced within the education sector over the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the broad exam topics have been provided as a guide, CXC has advised that “comprehensive knowledge of the syllabus is critical in preparation for CXC examinations. As a result, the multiple-choice paper will continue to assess the entire syllabus.”

According to the broad topic listing, paper two exam topics for CSEC examinations will flow as follows:

SubjectPaper 02Paper 03
Biology1. Growth in Plants versus Growth in Animals
2. Germination
3. Nutrition: Heterotrophic, Autotrophic
4. Photosynthesis
5. Plant Cells versus Animal Cells
• Structure and Function of Cell
Organelles/Components
• Osmosis
• Cell specialization
6. Effects of Climate change
• Conservation of the Environment
7. Blood Components, Sickle Cell Anaemia, Genetic
Diagram
8. Menstrual Cycle, Birth Control, STIs
1. Parts and Function of a Flower
2. Fruit and Seed Formation
• Adaptation of Seeds for Dispersal
3. Population and Community
• Growth And Survival of Populations
4. Types of Nutrition
5. Balanced Diet
Chemistry1. Energetics
2. Mole Concept
3. Acids, Bases and Salts
4. Reactivity and Extraction of Metals
5. Use of Metals
6. Oxidation – Reduction Reactions
7. Electrochemistry
8. Organic Chemistry – An Introduction
9. Reactions of Carbon Compounds
10. Impact Metals on Living Systems and the Environment
11. Non-metals
12. Qualitative Analysis
1. Mole Concept
2. Acids, Bases and Salts
3. Oxidation -Reduction Reactions
4. Qualitative Analysis
English Language (A)1. Section A consists of one compulsory question –
informative discourse (summary).
2. Section B consists of one compulsory question –
informative discourse (exposition).
3. Section C: Two Optional Questions (Producing A Short
Story)
4. Section D: One Compulsory Argumentative Essay
This paper will consist of a guided critique of three pieces of stimulus material:
1. An Excerpt on a Topical Issue (from a recent newspaper article)
2. A Cartoon Strip or Lyrics to a Song (on the same topical issue)
3. A Poem, Short Story, Extract of a Public Speech (on the same issue)
English Literature (B)This paper is divided into three sections:
1. Section A – Drama (Shakespeare and Modern Drama). This section consists of TWO Type A questions, ONE on each text.
2. Section B – Poetry. This section consists of TWO Type B questions, one generic question allowing candidates to use two appropriate choices from the prescribed poems and one question based on two named poems from the prescribed list.
3. Section C – Prose Fiction (EITHER West Indian novel OR other novels in English OR West Indian short story and other short stories in English). This section consists of FOUR questions: TWO Type A questions, ONE on each prescribed novel and TWO Type B questions, one generic question allowing candidates to use two appropriate choices from the prescribed short stories and one question based on two named short stories from the prescribed list.
This paper will consist of a guided critique of three pieces of stimulus material:
1. An excerpt from a recent newspaper article on a topical
issue
2. A cartoon strip or lyrics to a song on the same topical issue
3. A poem, short story, public speech (extract) on the same
issue
Human and Social Biology1. Types of cells: structure and function
2. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
3. Photosynthesis and the Carbon Cycle
4. The Reproductive System
5. Disease and their Impact on Humans
6. Pollution and its Effects on the Environment and the
Community
7. The Nervous System
1. Nutrition
2. Graph Skills
Information Technology1. Computer Fundamentals
2. Networking
3. Implications of Misuse and Cybersecurity
4. Word Processing
5. Spreadsheets
6. Database
7. Problem Solving and Programming
• Algorithms/Flowcharts and Pseudocodes
• Trace Tables
• Variables and Constants
• Conditional Statements and Relational Operators
(Loops)
1. Word Processing
2. Web Page Design
3. Spreadsheets
4. Database Management
5. Problem Solving and Programming
• Algorithms/Flowcharts and Pseudocodes
• Trace Tables
• Variables and Constants
• Conditional Statements and Relational Operators
(Loops)
• IPO Chart
Mathematics1. Number Theory, Consumer Arithmetic and
Computation
• Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Ratios,
Consumer Arithmetic
2. Algebra
• Indices, Linear and Quadratic Expressions and
Equations, Formulas, Direct and Inverse Variation
3. Geometry and Trigonometry
• Transformation Geometry, Solving Triangles, Circle
Geometry/Circle Theorems
4. Relations, Functions and Graphs
• Functions, Composite Functions, Linear Programming, Graphs of Functions
5. Statistics
• Measures of Central Tendency – Grouped and Ungrouped Data, Probability, Cumulative Frequency
6. Measurement
• Problems involving Perimeter, Area, Volume,
Surface Area of 2D and 3D Shapes
7. Investigation — Number Theory
• Identifying and Manipulating Patterns and Sequences
8. Vectors and Matrices
• Operations and Transformation with Matrices,
Vector Geometry: Triangle Law, Parallelogram Law
1. Measurement, Geometry and Trigonometry Algebra
• Polygons, Problems involving Measurement with Polygons and 3D Shapes
• Application of Algebra to Problems in Everyday Life
Principles of Accounts1. Books of Original Entry
2. Ledgers
3. Bank Reconciliation
4. Accounting for Limited Liability Companies,
Co-operatives and Non-Profit Organizations
5. Manufacturing and Costing Principles
6. Business Plan
1. Books of Original Entry
2. Ledgers
3. Ratio Analysis
4. Control Systems
5. Budget Preparation

Additionally, the paper two exam topics for CAPE examinations will flow as follows:

UNIT 1

SubjectPaper 02Paper 03
Applied Mathematics1. Sources of Data
2. Data Analysis
3. Probability Theory
4. Random Variables
5. Binomial Distribution
6. Normal Distribution
7. Sampling Distribution and Estimation
8. Hypothesis Testing
9. Chi-square Test
10. Correlation and Linear Regression – Bivariate Data
1. Data Analysis
2. Probability Theory
3. Normal Distribution
4. Hypothesis Testing
5. Chi-Squared Distribution
Biology1. Enzymes
2. Cell Structure and Functions
3. Natural Selection
4. Cell Division and Variation
5. Reproduction in Plants
6. Sexual Reproduction in Humans
1. Aspects of Biochemistry
2. Cell Division and Variation
3. Aspects of Genetic Engineering
4. Reproduction in Plants
Caribbean Studies1. Historical Processes
• Movements towards Independence
• Impact of Societal Institutions on Caribbean
People
2. Intellectual traditions: Economics and Political
Thought
3. Caribbean–Global Interactions
• Caribbean Influences on Extra-regional Countries
4. Roles and functions of the Mass
1. Research
2. Gender Issues in a Named Caribbean Country
3. Agriculture in a Named Caribbean Country
History1. Consequences of Spanish Settlements in The
Americas
2. Comparative Analysis of Caribbean and South
American Indigenous People
3. Survival strategies by Enslaved People in the
Caribbean
4. Dismantlement of the Caribbean Slave Systems
5. Haiti 1804–1825
6. Strategies by British Caribbean Men and Women to Establish Independence Movements
Not Applicable
Law1. Caribbean Legal Systems: Classification Law
2. Public law: Fundamental Rights and Freedoms
within Caribbean Constitutions
3. Criminal Law: Elements and Types of Criminal
Liability
1. Sexual offences
Management of Business1. Economic Sectors and Legal Structures
2. Business Objectives
3. Decision-making in Business Organizations
4. Group and Team Management
5. Strategies to Manage Conflict
6. Sources of Financing
7. Need for Accounting Information
8. Components of Financial Statements
1. Types of Economics Activity
2. Economic Sectors
3. Legal Structure
4. Formal Organizational Structures
5. Function of Management
6. Communication in Organization
7. Accounting Ratios
8. Budgets
9. Investment Appraisal
Physics1. The Effect of Forces
2. Properties of Waves
3. Mechanical Properties of Materials
1. SI units
2. Motions
3. Conservation of Energy
4. Thermal Properties of Matter
5. Physics of the Ear and Eye
Spanish1. Young People and Their Values
2. Deforestation
3. Gender Roles
4. Employment and Unemployment
5. Crime and Violence
6. Religion in Society
7. Education
All the novels and themes are selected for the examination, as per the syllabus. However, candidates will select questions based on the novels and themes studied in their respective institutions.

UNIT 2

SubjectPaper 02Paper 03
Biology1. Photosynthesis and ATP Synthesis
2. Ecological Systems, Biodiversity and Conservations
3. The Uptake and Transport of Water and Minerals
4. The Circulatory System of Mammals
5. Health and Disease
6. Immunology
1. Photosynthesis and ATP Synthesis
2. The Uptake and Transport of Water and
Minerals
3. Health and Disease
Computer Science 1. Data Structures
2. Software Engineering
3. Operating Systems and Computer Networks
1. Data Structures
2. Software Engineering
3. Operating Systems and Computer Networks
French 1. Impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on Social and Economic Life
2. Disease Prevention and Cure
3. Genetic Practices
4. New Trends in Business
5. Relationships Between French-speaking and NonFrench Speaking Countries
Not Applicable
History 1. European Enlightenment
2. Industrialization in the USA
3. The Russian Revolution
4. Decolonization in Africa: Ghana
5. The Apartheid System in South Africa
6. The Historical Justification for Reparations
Not Applicable
Law1. Tort: Strict liability and Vicarious liability
2. Contract: Contractual Terms of a Contract, Doctrine of Privity of Contract and Illegal Contracts
3. Real Property: Types of Land Ownership and Coownership
Occupier’s Liability
Management of Business
1. Nature of Production
2. Layout Strategies
3. Project Management
4. The Marketing Environment
5. Product Management
6. Distribution Strategies
7. Size And Growth of a Business
8 Business and Economic Systems
9. Challenges and Opportunities faced by Small
Businesses
1. Economies and Diseconomies of Scale
2. Productivity
3. Project Management
4. Marketing Research
5. Pricing Decisions
6. Internet Marketing
7. Marketing Concept
8. Size and Growth of Business
9. Business Planning
Physics1. Electrical Quantities
2. Electrical Circuits
3. Alternating Currents
4. P-n junction diode
5. Particulate Nature of Electromagnetic Radiation
6. Radioactivity
7. Circuit Diagrams
1. Capacitors
2. Particulate Nature of Electromagnetic
Radiation
3. Operational Amplifiers
Spanish1. Social Unrest
2. Home-based Work (Work from Home)
3. Genetic Practices
4. Disease Prevention and Cure
5. Information Communication Technology and Social Life
6. Information Communication Technology and
Economic Life
All the novels and themes are selected for the examination, as per the syllabus. However, the students will select questions based on the novels and themes studied in their respective schools.

A complete listing of subjects and their broad topics can be found on the CXC website by clicking here.

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