The Ministry of Education (MoE) is advising primary school administrators that the 2014 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) registration form should be completed and submitted to the regional offices for verification during the period October 7 to November 1, 2013.
“In keeping with the MoE’s Competence-Based Transition Policy, only students who have attained mastery at the Grade 4 Literacy test will be eligible to sit the exam,”Manager of the Student Assessment Unit, Sonia Mullings, told JIS News.
Students eligible to sit GSAT include those born between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2003 (both dates inclusive); students in Grade Four, or Grade Five who were born between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2001 and students, who were born in 2000 and have been granted special accommodation to sit in 2014.
A GSAT entry form must be completed for all students, who intend to sit the exam. Parents should also be asked to present copies of their children’s birth certificates, if they were not previously submitted under the National Student Registration System.
A GSAT Registration Schools’ Bulletin issued by the MoE will provide further information on the process. School administrators and parents can contact the Ministry’s Student Assessment Unit at 948-9254/ 922-5680/967-7987/967-7856 for more information.
GSAT replaced the Common Entrance Examination in 1999. It is the assessment instrument used by the MoE to place students in grade seven of high school. The test is administered annually during the last week of March.
GSAT comprises five subject areas, which are covered under the Revised Primary Curriculum. These are Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and a writing component called Communication Task.
The test consists of curriculum content from grades 4-6, with 20 per cent of the questions coming from work covered in grade four; 30 per cent from work done in grade five; while 50 per cent is grade six material.