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National Certification of Secondary Education (NCSE)

The National Certificate of Secondary Education (NCSE) examination is administered … brings academic, technical and vocational courses of study within a single system of certification.

A CAPE Certificate is awarded after a student has successfully completed one year of study in the CAPE programme and has obtained at least 10 credits, which is equivalent to one unit. A CAPE Diploma is awarded after a student has successfully completed at least six units and has obtained at least 60 credits.

CAPE core subjects include Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies, Functional French, Functional Spanish, Information Technology, and Statistical Analysis.  These are subjects that educators across the region agree are fundamental for providing the knowledge, skills and attitudes that people need for study at the tertiary level and the world of work.

CAPE replaced the Cambridge General Certificate Examination (GCE), Advanced Levels, with effect from September 2006.

Who is eligible to write NCSE?

All Form 3 students at public and private secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago must write the NCSE.

How do I register to write NCSE?

Each Form 3 student will be registered by the secondary school in which he or she is enrolled.

Where can I obtain more information?
More information can be obtained from the Ministry of Education’s Division of Educational Research and Evaluation (DERE).  You may contact DERE’s office Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except public holidays.

Division of Educational Research and Evaluation (DERE)
Ministry of Education
18 Alexandra Street
St. Clair
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies

Tel: (868) 623-8464
Fax: (868) 624-2145