# CXC CSEC math exam May/June 2009

CXC has published the draft timetable for the May/June 2009 CSEC exams.

The CXC CSEC math exam is to be held on Wednesday 20th May 2009.

**Paper 2** or the problem-solving paper will be held in the morning session. The exam is 2 hours and 40 minutes.

**Paper 1** will be held in the afternoon of Wednesday 20th May 2009,the exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Hi,

I have been teaching mathematics at the secondary level to the lower school for most of my teaching career. I was recently asked to teach the CSEC syllabus this year and I am a bit apprehensive and unprepared. I believe that I will be able to manage the content but I am not too keen on where to start and how to effectively deliver the content to ensure good performance. Is there anyone who has any suggestions as to how I can proceed, keeping in mind that the school that I am teaching does not do well in math?

Hi,

A good first idea would be to review the current CXC CSEC math syllabus to see the organization of the exam and the topic areas that must be covered. I know that that is basic, but I say it because I am not making any assumptions.

The second thing that I can suggest that will help you, is to review the CXC CSEC exam reports on maths for the last five years or so. These reports usually detail the syllabus areas where students' performance was weak for the exam and the Examiners usually suggest instructional strategies that teachers can use to improve students' performance. Reviewing (and analyzing) the CXC CSEC math exam reports for the last five years will allow you to spot the "weakness" trends in students' performance. This is information that you can use to guide your instructional planning.

Finally, it i a good idea to get as much information and support as you can from the other math teachers who teach CXC CSEC math in your department at school. These teachers will know a lot about the local (school) conditions for math teaching and may be able to suggest other ideas that you may not have thought about. They may also be willing to share resources with you.

We also have a few resources here for teaching CXC CSEC math. They are all located in our wiki CXC math guide. Please feel free to check through it and use anything that may be helpful to you. There are also a lot of websites online with math lesson plans for the various math topics; you can 'google' them.

Good luck on teaching CXC CSEC math this year! I know it will be a challenge for you but, "it takes fire to make steel!" Smile...I am sure you will do well and become a better math teacher for the experience.

Let us know how it goes!

mathematics was okay i mean paper 1 was easy and in paper 2 i did questions 9 and 14 so i did my best. i finish before time and i look over what i did.

I don't know, but.. leading up to today's exam, the prior past papers makes this year seem really easy. Section I was great, and Section II as well. Personally I choose vectors (#13) and matrices (#14). Also, I was surprised when I finished the multiple choice in an hour and was able to take the next half hour to check over. Overall I think this year was great. Well, I hope all our hard work from over the years finally paid off.

Oh, and almost everyone I know did ques#9 for P2 S2. I like graphs, but this year had more that enough 1cm blocks to last a lifetime, lol.

man cxc maths was a bit complicating........................i mean paper was easy but i was not finished and lost alot of marks

paper 1 was ok but i hope i can get at least a two or if by some miracle a one

math.........sigh....didnt finish the paper2 but i still think tht i can get a grade 1.......i absolutely loved questions such as 8.....and 7.....and 11 which were like given aaway marks to me......:).....on a whole math was ok! :D

Hey ppl,

Math paper 2 was good. I finished in 2 hours with 40 minutes to spare, so the time was definitely enough. The questions were cool and straight forward.

In Section 2, I chose to do questions 11 and 14.

I wrote the exam in January for the first time and got a distinction so I'm hoping for good results again.

- Which questions did most ppl choose to do in Section 2?

- How did you think the exam was?

I did 11 & 14 also :)

I didn't get to finish on time...but that was a fault on my behalf..

I wasted too much time trying to figure out one question..

I went into the exam not quite understanding transformation...so that also hurt me.

overall, it was a good exam.

PS: DISTINCTION! NICE :)

the long paper was like a huricane and multiple choice was easy maths !!!!!!!

Feedback on the Math?

Easy? Hard?

As for me...I didn't get to finish Paper 2

And it was a little tricky.

Multiple Choice was fairly easy...

Your thoughts?

Hi, I want to wish everyone sitting the CXC math exam today the best of luck!

Don't give up in the exam no matter what, just keep trying till the very end.

Tell me about it afterward!

does any one know how to construct a parallelogram using a compass?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22qnI3z5DWw

Try using youtube videos, people explain everything on it.

my exam dont start till the 13 n i need help in english b n maths

CSEC math is all about repetition, meaning that you don't need to understand what you are doing only remember the steps involved. Just practice, practice, practice. Use your time wishly and do math whenever you taking a break from something else even if it is just doing a single question. If you have questions that you can get the worked solutions of, example questions done in class, do them without looking at solutions till after. BEST OF LUCK.

you seem to know math, can you help me please

Hi, you make a very good point about knowing the solution steps. However, a lot of the skill in solving the problems in CXC math paper 2 is knowing what steps to use AND when to use them. Knowing WHEN to use particular solutions steps makes it important for you to understand exactly what you are being asked to do. So, I would I think it is a good idea to try to understand what you are doing.

Im only in third form but i want to do maths this year, what should i do or where can i get classess?

i am a student in Barbados who studies at a tertiary education school but i can only attend once because of the time schedule but i an free all nights and want to know if anyone can assist me with me mathematics .I have to sit the exam in may so please help me

This is also my first time doing maths

Hi,

This is the first time that I am doing maths and my exam is in less than 2 weeks I have been studying but I feel like I still don't know lots of things is it too late for me to catch up?? The class that I have been attending closed their sat classes about a few ,ths ago because of a low attendance of students so i am trying to learn on my own right now and it'd really hard for me cause like if i have questions i just bypass it!!

Please help!

well we have classes at mona baptiste church tues and thursdays we also do revision there on a saturday, you can link at 365 4516.

Hi I can help you by giving a tutor to help you his name is Mr. Walker he as a evening class at holy childwood in the evening his cell phone number is 776-9090.

Hey, I collected my May/June 2008 CSEC results certificate. But I received a Certificate of Business Studies as well. Can some1 please explain what that is about! Thanks.

Hi, I am not sure why that happened. If you did not do business subjects, then it definitely sounds like a mistake. If you did do business subjects, then it might be some new thing that CXC has begun, like the CCSLC.

I suggest that you call your local Ministry of Education to find out what's going on. Contact information for the regional Education Ministries are in our links section, so you can probably check for phone numbers there.

Hope this helps. If you find out what's going on, you could probably let us know too, if you don't mind...

Yes I did Business. & i spoke to my teacher about it & she said it's because i got all 1's & it's given to the best performing business student in the school!!!

Congratulations! Wow! that is really good news! I am sure you must be very happy to know this. You got a certificate that recognizes your hard work and efforts. You deserve it.

So what's next for you? CAPE or something else?

Thanks too for coming back and letting us know what happened.

Thanx 4 asking. No i'm not doing CAPE. I've been accepted in college in New York. So i'm doing SAT to keep my brain active!

That's really good that you got accepted and you already know what you are doing. More congratulations on having a plan and working on your plan to achieve your goals! Good luck with the SATs and with college in NY.

i would like some info.on how 2 join a study group.as a concern individual who is willing 2 put in extra time in2 my studies 2 attain good grade 4 cxc which i wld b writing in both may & june am seeking 4 help in both maths and english.finally would anyone with the following jan 2009 cxc pastpapers care 2 email them 2 me plzzz.

maths,english,social studies,poa,pob.oa and (edpm)electroni document preparation and management.u can email them 2 me at nella_50@hotmail.com. looking 4ward 2 a positive response.

i am doing all sciences this year mayb i could help

My life is practically dependent on me passing math so I'd like to join a study group?

I Would like to join a maths study group for the extra help..Im new here and would just be greatfull if someone just hook me up.THANKS

education can be a hell of a thing but Im one of thoes people that get entice by Badd...lol :( no joke thing tho drop me in one of your groups you won't regret it, Im pretty much a dedicated worker and helpful when approched most times. Well I hope this demo here gets me a lil attention here and I wish every one here luck and more power on you for the exam and further future choices and arranngements. BLess up!!

my life depends on math so please help me out

i have exam this year may/june

my name is sashay my life depends on all my subject right now.

I kno this might sound weird but, are u sashay, Shalewa's sister?

Reply, if u wish to flpi_mix6@yahoo.com

i had to really brain storm to get the answer!!!

cxc English A and other subjects is a two year course and you only get six month's in school to complete it. How do you calculate that.

You mean that they only start preparing you for CXC May/June 2009 in January 2009? I don't think so. You have to sign up for the exams in October 2008, so you must have at least known that you were going to sit the exams since October last year.

hi im new and i saw that there are study groups here.. so some one please tell me more about it

and send me requests t ojoin them.. im in amess right now

exams are coming soon and i have no clue of what to practice on...

thanks with love chanel no 5

and god bless u

hey everyone don't worry. Math is very easy. Just practics it.

E.Troupe um i know why say practice makes perfect,so can i get a link to some math work that i can download n print and work my way to a grade 1???

How much practice is enough practice for math? If you are bad at math like me, how much practice do I need to pass the CXC math exams in June?

as much practice you can get,we can never try to conquer mathematics so practice a'ight!!!!!!!!!

i can help u with maths ...hook me up @ tashakasash@hotmail.com

Thanks i need the help.

hi tasha i want u to help me... i jus join and i have been told there are study groups here... and i have maths this year june

or may.... please reply asap and i took ur addy so please accept me k

i practice math at least five time a day

a day, cool, but how much time do you spend in each of the five times? 5 minutes each time or what? Or how many problems do you work in each of the five times? do you do 5 problems, or ten or what? help me out here.

if you are as bad as you say when you get whole of any past papers or any kind of study guide one thing you should keep in mind is to have someone who is 'good' to help you as you go along maths is a a doing subject practise with a willing mind!! semoneadams

keep up in school, I basically I have to teach myself. I was asking because I wanted to know how much practice I should give myself before exams in June. You know, like practice for an hour each day or whatever.

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