Some 7,200 students attending All-Age and Primary and Junior High Schools are scheduled to sit the Grade Nine Achievement Test (GNAT) on Friday, May 10.
The GNAT will be carried out in 205 centres across the island and students will be tested on the subjects of Mathematics and Language Arts.
Deputy Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Ms. Dorrett Campbell, told JIS News that all is in place to administer the examination.
She explained that for students to be eligible for entry to High and Technical High Schools, they must not be older than 16 years of age or younger than 14 years of age on January 1, 2013. That is, candidates should have been born between January 1, 1997 and September 1, 1999, both dates inclusive.
To be eligible for entry to Sydney Pagon Agricultural School or Knockalva Agricultural School, candidates must not be older than 17 years of age or younger than 15 years of age on September 1, 2013. Candidates should have been born between September 1, 1996 and September 1,1998, both dates inclusive.
Special accommodation will be made for all special needs students sitting the examination, Ms. Campbell said.
The GNAT is used to place All-Age and Primary and Junior High School students in Grade 10 of High and Technical High schools. All students registered in Grade 9 for school year 2012/2013 are to sit the examination. They will sit the examination in their own schools, unless otherwise instructed by the Regional Education Officer for the respective schools.
By Judith A. Hunter, JIS Reporter