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GSAT students buzzing with confidence after day 1 ... eight sat exam in hospital

Published:Friday | March 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMJason Cross
Michael Samuels caught saying a prayer moments before he started his GSAT examination yesterday, at the Central Branch All-Age School in Kingston.

Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) students buzzed with confidence after completing their first day of examinations yesterday. The Ministry of Education said that things went relatively smoothly in the 1,090 centres across the island even as eight students sat the examination in the Spanish Town Hospital and the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

The ministry said that special accommodations were made for 394 students with special needs, including large print for children with visual problems, prompters, preferential seating, extra time, scribes, readers, and writers.

The Gleaner visited two schools in the Corporate Area and the energy was high. Some students were in their usual playful mood. Some were more reflective as they described to teachers their experience of their first two examinations. Permission was obtained from both school administrations to speak with a few students.


Maths challenging


Their knowledge of social studies and mathematics was put to the test yesterday. The general response from the students was that the social studies paper was not challenging. However, the mathematics paper seemed to have posed problems for many.

At the Rollington Town Primary School, Soriyah Malcolm-Peterkin, who hopes to secure a spot at the prestigious Immaculate Conception High School, shared that she had a bit of difficulty with fractions, but for the most part, things went smoothly.

"I think it was OK. I was a bit confident on the second test (social studies), but the first test (mathematics) was a bit tricky - finding fractions and changing them into improper fractions."

"It was quite challenging and easy at the same time. Maths, it was kind of challenging, multiplying by decimals and dividing with fractions. Social studies was quite easy," Keron Campbell remarked.

Sherice Hines from the Excelsior Primary School boldly stated that she found both examinations manageable.

When GSAT results are announced and he graduates from Excelsior Primary, Karume Huie hopes to be awarded a place at St George's College. For him, geometry was tough.

GSAT continues today with English, science, and communication task.