In May/June 2018, nine hundred twenty three (923) candidates from nine (9) Secondary Schools and five (5) Private centres wrote the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination in Guyana.

The thirteen Examination Centres were:

Region 10: Mackenzie High School

Region 6: Berbice High, New Amsterdam Multilateral, Guyana Private

Region 4: President’s College

Region 3: Saraswati Vidya Niketan

Georgetown: The Bishops’ High, Queen’s College, St Joseph’s High,

St Rose’s High, St Stanislaus College, Marian Academy, Adult Education Association and Chase’s Academy.

A summary of entries over the past two (2) years is as follows:

Year Candidate Entries Subject Entries Pass Rate %
2017 851 3923 92.57
2018 923 4224 93.68

Candidates offered Units in thirty three subject areas. Each Unit comprises of three modules (equivalent to 150 Credit Hours), and is separately examined and certified.

Candidates from Guyana offered sixty three (63) units at this year’s examination.

The Single Unit Subjects offered this year were:

Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies and Integrated Mathematics.

The Double Unit Subjects offered were:

Accounting, Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Art & Design, Animation & Gaming, Biology, Building & Mechanical Engineering Drawing (Building/ Mechanical), Chemistry, Computer Science, Digital Media, Economics, Electrical & Electronic Technology, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science, Food & Nutrition, French, Geography, History, Information Technology, Law, Literatures in English, Logistics & Supply Chain Operations, Management of Business, Physical Education & Sports, Physics, Pure Mathematics, Sociology, Spanish, Tourism, Performing Arts, Green Engineering and Financial Services Studies.

The results for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination are reported on

a seven-point scale – Grades 1 – VII. Candidates attaining Grades 1 – V have attained an acceptable standard for matriculation purposes, with Grade One representing an excellent performance, while Grade Two and Three represent very good and good

standards of performance respectively.


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The overall pass rate in 2018 is 93.68%. This is an increase from 2017 where a pass rate of 92.57% was attained. An increase was also noted in the number of candidates securing Grades I, II, III and IV passes.

The gender distribution of the overall pass rate is 35.2% males and 64.8% females.

In the following thirty three (33) units, candidates obtained a 100% pass rate (with Grades one to five passes): Agricultural Science Unit 1 and 2; Applied Mathematics Unit 1 and 2; Art & Design Unit 1; Computer Science Unit 1; Food and Nutrition Unit 1 and Unit 2; French Unit 1; Geography Unit 1 and Unit 2; Information Technology Unit 1 and Unit 2; Animation & Gaming Unit 1; Spanish Unit 1 and Unit 2; Physical Education & Sports Unit 1 and Unit 2; Physics Unit 1; Digital Media Unit 1 and Unit 2; Tourism Unit 1; Entrepreneurship Unit 2; Green Engineering Unit 1 and Unit 2; Building & Mechanical Engineering Drawing (Building) Unit 1 and Unit 2; Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technology Unit 1 and 2; Applied Mathematics Unit 2; Literatures in English Unit 2; Management of Business Unit 2; Sociology Unit 2; Financial Services Studies Unit 2.

Further, in the following twenty eight (28) Units the pass rate of candidates was 75% or higher with Grades One to Five passes: Accounting Unit 1 and Unit 2; Biology Unit 1 and Unit 2; Caribbean Studies Unit 1; Chemistry Unit 1 and Unit 2, Communication Studies Unit 1; Computer Science Unit 2; Economics Unit 1 and Unit 2; Environmental Science Unit 1 and Unit 2; History Unit 1 and Unit 2; Law Unit 1 and Unit 2; Literatures in English Unit 1; Management of Business Unit 1; Pure Mathematics Unit 1 and Unit 2; Physics Unit 2; Sociology Unit 1; Entrepreneurship Unit 1; Logistical & Supply Chain Unit 1; Tourism Unit 2; Integrated Mathematics Unit 1;Financial Services Studies Unit 1

In 2018 Integrated Mathematics continued to show improvements in Grades I to V passes from 52.51% in 2016, 83.64% in 2017 and 83.84% in 2018. Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies continue to record an over 95% pass rate.

Digital Media and Animation & Gaming Design were written electronically and 100% pass rate was attained in all Units.

Details of the number of entries received from each school, the subject pass rate, and the best individual results from each school are attached.

Comparison of Entries and Pass Rate 2017-2018

In 2018 entries were received from nine (9) school centres. Increases and decreases in both the number of candidates and subject entries were recorded.

Five (5) of the nine (9) school centres recorded increases in their overall pass rates; namely Berbice High, St Joseph’s High, St Rose’s High, St Stanislaus College and President’s College. Berbice High moved from 89.95% in 2017 to 95.94% in 2018. St Joseph’s High, St Stanislaus College and St Rose’s High had fewer candidates and subject entries than 2017, however all of these centres recorded an increase pass rate for 2018. St Joseph’s High pass rate moved from 79.48% in 2017 to 87.75% in 2018. St Rose’s High recorded a pass rate of 96.65% in 2018 as against 91.35% in 2017. St Stanislaus College recorded a pass rate of 92.58% in 2017 and 96.03% in 2018. President’s College also recorded an improved performance with a pass rate of 91.98% in 2018 as against 90.6% in 2017.

Queen’s College’s performance was constant with a pass rate of 96.45% in 2017 and 96.31% in 2018.

A decline in the pass rate was noted in the following schools, namely The Bishops’ High, Mackenzie High and New Amsterdam Secondary. The Bishops’ High moved from 99.02% in 2017 to 97.82% in 2018. Mackenzie High recorded a pass rate of 78.5% in 2018 as against 90.55% in 2017 and New Amsterdam Secondary recorded a pass rate of 82.41% in 2018 and 88.73% in 2017.

One hundred twenty-six (126) private candidates offered four hundred sixty nine (469) subject entries at the 2018 sitting. Their overall performance was satisfactory.

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