After the tests are written, scripts are marked by teams of trained markers, and candidates’ scores on each question are captured electronically, scores are analyzed and studied by the Chief Examiner and then there is GRADING.
During grading the judgment of the Examining Committee is used to determine the levels of competencies, abilities and skills that each candidate has DEMONSTRATED to be awarded a particular GRADE.
The examiners will also study the distributions of the scores and other appropriate statistics on the examination in order to confirm or adjust their judgments.
Finally the quality of a candidate’s performance in the current year, for which a particular GRADE is awarded, is compared with the quality of performance which earned the same GRADE in previous examinations. This is done to ensure consistency in grading standards across the years.
GRADES are not awarded for a particular score but for the demonstration of the levels of competencies, abilities and skills required for a particular GRADE.
GRADES are reported two ways:
An Overall grade for the subject, reported as a Roman numeral
Table 1 Overall Grade Descriptors for CAPE
|GRADE I||Represents an excellent performance|
|GRADE II||Represents a very good standard of performance|
|GRADE III||Represents a good standard of performance|
|GRADE IV||Represents a satisfactory standard of performance|
|GRADE V||Represents an acceptable standard of performance|
|GRADE VI||Represents a weak standard of performance|
|GRADE VII||Represents an unsatisfactory standard of performance|
Table 2 Overall Grade Descriptors for CSEC
|GRADE I||Represents an outstanding performance|
|GRADE II||Represents a good standard of performance|
|GRADE III||Represents a fairly good standard of performance|
|GRADE IV||Represents a moderate standard of performance|
|GRADE V||Represents a limited standard of performance|
|GRADE VI||Represents a very limited standard of performance|
A Module grade reported as a letter, on each of the three Modules of the subject.
Table 3 Module Grades for CAPE
Table 4 Profile Grades for CSEC
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