Conduct and Administration of External Examinations
Issuing and Verification of Student Transcripts
The Section holds as its mandate the effective and efficient assessment and evaluation of The Bahamas' education system.
Why do we Evaluate or Test? Tests have several purposes:
to assess students' understanding of the syllabus/curriculum;
to identify weaknesses and strengths of educational programmes;
to provide educators, parents and students with feedback;
What are the key stages at which National Examinations are administered?
There are three key stages:
Primary - Grade Level Assessment Test (GLAT)
subjects examined: English Language and Mathematics.
subjects examined: English Language, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
Junior High - Bahamas Junior Certificate Examination (BJC)
usually written at the end of grade nine.
Ten subjects are offered:
Senior High - Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGSCE) usually written at the end of grade twelve.
Twenty-five subjects are offered:
Art & Craft
Art & Design & Craft
Art & Design
Carpentry & Joinery
Food & Nutrition
Specific duties of Administrators and Subject Secretaries include:
Syllabus development and their constant reviews.
Question Paper development (cyclical).
Coordination of all national examinations.
Supervision of the Marking of Question Papers.
Chief Moderator of Teacher Assessed Components.
Grading and Awarding.
Facilitation of Test Development (Item Writing, Marking and Facilitation of Grading Procedures)
Compilation of Examination Reports.
The Testing and Evaluation Section is the Official Authority for College Level. Technical and Vocational and Professional Examinations administered in The Bahamas.
The exams are designed by Overseas Colleges, Examining Boards or other Professional Entities and despatch to the Testing and Evaluation Section for administration to subscribing candidates .
The following examinations are administered by the Section:
Pitman/City and Guilds
A British base qualification in business technical subjects
GCE ‘A’LEVEL -
covering more than one dozen offerings for students seeking to enter U. W. I. or British Colleges. British based
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) -
base requirements test for students desiring Matriculation into U.S. Colleges
Graduate Record Management (GMAT) -
requirement for entry into graduate business programmes in U.S. College
University of London
degree examinations in Economics and Finance; Economics and Management;
The Association of Chartered Certified Accounting (ACCA)
Graduate Records Examination (GRE)
Examination taken to gain entry into U.S.A. Masters Programmes
Miller's Analogy Test (MAT)
Analytical test for the Master's Programme in Nursing, Counseling and Social Services
University of Wolverhampton/Holborn College
The Testing and Evaluation Section also administers examinations to students attending colleges throughout the U. S., Canada, the Caribbean and Great Britain who opt to sit their finals at home for legitimate reasons.
Services and Related Cost
$15.00 per subject (school candidates)$20.00 per subject (private candidates registered at the Testing and Evaluation Section)
$5.00 per subject + $5.00 entry fee - school candidates
$10.00 per subject + $5.00 entry fee - private candidates
Pitman Level 1 (Elementary)
$27.00 per subject + $15.00 Local Fee
Pitman Level 2 (Intermediate)
$30.00 - $35.00 per subject + $15.00 Local Fee
Pitman Level 3 (Advanced)
$33.00 - $44.00 per subject + $15.00 Local Fee
GCE ‘A’ Level
$75.00 per subject + $20.00 Local Fee
City and Guilds
$40.00 per component + $20.00 Local Fee
Research of Exam Records
Preparation of Duplicate Certificate
Past Examination Papers
$1.00 per Paper
Student Record (Passport/Immigration)
External examination fees are subject to change
For additional information call, write or visit:
Examinations & Assessments Division
P. O. Box N 3913/14
Tel: 326-3730/33 Fax: 326-2897