Not leaving anything to chance
Today we bring the final in the series of our GSAT Journeys feature. More than 40,000 students will sit the examination on March 22 and 23.
Karen Sudu, Gleaner Writer
BOG WALK, St Catherine:
THOUGH HE feels he is fully prepared for the 2012 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scheduled for March 22 and 23, Curtis Authors has said he will not be leaving anything to chance.
"I feel good. I am ready to do the test, but I still am going to study harder and put in more hours to make sure I get good marks to go to (KC) Kingston College," Curtis told The Gleaner.
While his dream is to attend KC, Curtis said if he obtains a place at St George's College or Wolmer's Boys, he would be just as happy.
The unassuming 12-year-old is predicting that all his scores in GSAT, introduced in 1999 to replace the Common Entrance Exam, will be in the 90s.
"I believe I am going to get 100 for mathematics, 96 for language arts, communication tasks 11 out of 12 or 12 out of 12, Science 92 and social studies 94," he told The Gleaner.
The aspiring actuary noted that his lowest mark will be for science, which he finds challenging, but his teacher, Daphne Clarke, believes otherwise.
"Curtis stated that science is his challenge. I don't see it as a challenge anymore, because we have been working at it, doing a few experiments, so I think he understands better than before," she explained.
Besides, she added that the self-motivated deputy head boy at Tulloch Primary School located in Knollis, St Catherine, is keen about achieving his goal. This, she noted, has been the driving force behind his readiness for the two-day exam.
"He is ready for his examination. He has been working hard and preparing well. I expect him to get an average in the 90s for GSAT," Clarke stated confidently.