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GSAT registration deadline next week

Published:Thursday | January 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Parents have until next week Friday to have their children registered for this year's Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), which has now been set for March 19 and 20.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Education also noted that important changes have been made to the content and test questions for GSAT Social Studies and Science.

"The content that children are required to learn for Social Studies has been reduced by 25 per cent. The test questions have also been reduced from 80 to 60," the ministry said.

"Changes to the teaching and learning of science emphasise students gaining mastery of general concepts and basic scientific principles. This requires teachers to provide more targeted instruction to students," the ministry continued.

The Science test is made up of 60 multiple choice questions that assess content from grades four through to six. Thirty of the questions assess content from grade six; 18 are drawn from content at grade five; and 12 questions assess objectives in the grade-four curriculum.

The changes to the GSAT, the ministry indicated, are intended to reduce the course work load for students while maintaining the quality and standard of the knowledge imparted to them.

Things parents should know

Students will sit the examinations at their own schools unless otherwise instructed by the regional education officer. Schools will remain open as normal except for cases where space is a challenge.

Students must meet the following age criteria:

Any student who is in grade four or grade five and was born in the period January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2002.

Students born in 2001 and were granted special accommodation to sit in 2015.

Students who were born in 2002 and have never sat the Grade Four Literacy Test are eligible to do the GSAT this year, but they must submit this information along with proof of age to the Student Assessment Unit no later than January 16, 2015. This may be sent by fax to 967-4509.

Students born after December 31, 2004, will not be allowed to sit the GSAT in 2015.

Regarding requests for special accommodation for students sitting the GSAT, parents should submit a valid psycho-educational assessment report, along with the GSAT registration form to the Student Assessment Unit by January 16, 2015. The psycho-educational assessment report must not exceed two years.

Students are allowed to sit the GSAT only once. If parents and teachers doubt the child's readiness, they may defer registration, provided that the child would still be within the eligible age range (that is, only students born in the period January 01, 2003 to December 31, 2004). A letter must be submitted for deferral and schools should affix their stamps where possible.