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Secondary Examinations

The administration of examinations is the core business of the Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC). Traditionally examinations are paper-based and even though this is changing, the vast majority of examinations administered by the OEC continues to be written. The examinations administered or proctored by the OEC are chiefly at the secondary and post-secondary level with the former carrying the largest clientele. The major secondary level examinations, at this point, are those offered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). Examinations offered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) are still available and are done by both school and private candidates.

The examinations done by the OEC's largest group of clients are:

  • Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC)

  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination(CAPE)

  • General Certificate of Education (GCE)

  • Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC)

General Information about Examinations

Candidates sitting the CXC or the GCE examinations may register either as a school candidate (if they are in full time tuition at a school) or as a private candidate if they have already left school.

The Overseas Examinations Office accepts entries as follows:

CXC CSEC January examinations

Mid August - Mid September

CXC CSEC May/June examinations

End of September - Mid November

GCE October/November examinations

Mid June - Mid July

GCE May/June examinations

Mid October - Mid December

Candidates, who register through a school, usually sit their examinations at that school. Private candidates are allocated centres usually in each parish, where available.

Syllabuses and resource materials are available at the Overseas Examinations Commission.

Supervisors are appointed by the Overseas Examinations Commission to conduct examinations throughout the island. The Examining Bodies have strict guidelines which have to be followed.

Examination scripts are marked in Jamaica and Overseas (i.e. Barbados, Trinidad, Guyana) in the case of CXC and Great Britain for GCE.

Preliminary result slips are issued approximately two months after each sitting.

Each candidate will be issued a certificate once they have obtained a grade A - E in the University of Cambridge International Examinations (GCE) or a grade 1 - 6 in the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).

Certificates for CXC & GCE examinations are available 2-3 months after the examinations are taken. Candidates who sat as PRIVATE CANDIDATES are expected to collect their certificates immediately after they become available. Both the OEC and the examining bodies retention policies dictates that certificates should be promptly collected. Failure to collect these certificates within the stated time will resulted in disposition. Once this process is completed, then the replacement policy will be applicable to candidates who wish to get their copy [replacement brochure].

The Overseas Examinations Office will forward a Certifying Statement of your results to an educational institution or to a place of employment on your behalf. You would have to complete a transcript request form. There is a cost for this service.

 For the year under review, statistics for examinations are as follows:





73, 516

253, 616


10, 233

  43, 219


16, 251

  47, 068


  1, 784

    2, 352

The numbers for Professional examinations are not stated in this exercise, but can be supplied on request.

Given that the Overseas Examinations Commission is the sole entity, which performs the important and sensitive function of the large-scale administering overseas examinations in the island, management of the organisation must be of the highest standard. Foremost in the minds of the management and staff is the recognition that a miscarriage of the core business of the office can negatively impact the academic and career futures of numerous Jamaicans.

Perhaps the only organisation which carries out functions similar to those of the Overseas Examinations Office, is the Western Zone Office of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), situated at 37 Arnold Road, Kingston. That office is responsible for Syllabus Development, and assists with the organisation of the marking exercise of examination scripts and School Based Assessment (SBA) samples for Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). CXC Western Zone does not process transcripts.

Post- Secondary Examinations

The OEC has been the lead organization in Jamaica in the proctoring/administration of examinations at the post-secondary level for many years. Examinations at this level include, Undergraduate and Post-graduate Degrees and diplomas as well as professional qualifications in a variety of fields.

Professional Examinations

  • The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

  • The Association of Business Executives (ABE)

  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

  • The Association of International Accountants (AIA)

  • The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

  • The Canadian Securities Institute (CSI)

  • The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)

  • The Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE)

  • The Institute for Financial Services (IFS)

  • The Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS)

  • Cambridge International College (CIC)

  • NAFA Fleet Management Association

Examinations for Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Degrees

  • University of London

  • Bachelor of Arts – Geography

  • Bachelor of Science – Information Systems

Master of Science – Environmental Management

Organisational Behaviour

Agricultural Development

Dental Radiology

Organisational Psychology & Human Resource


  • LLB

  • LLM

  • Diploma – English

Education (Advanced)


  • University of Wolverhampton LLB & LLM (Holborn College)

  • University of Huddersfield LLB (Holborn College)

  • Strayer On-Line University

  • Franklin University

  • Pace University

  • Ashworth College

  • Cheltenham Tutorial College

  • University of Sunderland

  • Teeside University

  • University of Leicester

  • University of Bradford

  • George Brown College

  • Humber College

  • King's College

  • Northumbria University

  • North Carolina State University

  • University of Northampton

  • Valencia Community College

  • University of Southern Queensland