News Release – SEA 2021 -2023 Revised Assessment Framework

Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago


Education Towers, No. 5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad


News Release                                                                                                                          November 18, 2020


SEA 2021 -2023 Revised Assessment Framework

The Ministry of Education takes this opportunity to share with citizens the adjustments to the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) 2021. The examination will be held on Thursday 10th June, 2021, and will be administered in the subject areas of English Language Arts Writing, Mathematics and English Language Arts. There have been changes to the number of items in the Mathematics and English Language Arts Papers. However, the time for administration remains at 75 minutes.


The adjustments to the written papers are as follows:

Mathematics – The number of items has been reduced from 45 to 40.

English Language Arts – The number of items has been reduced from 43 to 36.

English Language Arts Writing – Narrative Writing will be assessed for 2021 ONLY.

There has been a reduction in the number of objectives being assessed for the Mathematics Paper.


Further details can be accessed in the SEA 2021 -2023 Revised Assessment Framework available at


The Office of the Chief Education Officer has disseminated this information to all primary school principals and teachers to facilitate the preparation of students for the placement examination.


3 Thoughts to “News Release – SEA 2021 -2023 Revised Assessment Framework”

  1. Ronald

    Thank you ..

  2. Donna Hernandez-Hadeed

    This is a very pro-active decision , especially as it relates to the students. In these unprecedented pandemic times, students are experiencing a range of emotional and mental health issues which need to be addressed amidst preparing them for this placement exam. Thus, having a revised exam, as it relates to content, eases their anxieties. With regard to the Writing component, this is a major relief that students and teachers can focus on refining a particular genre, Narrative, rather than being plunged into a guessing game throughout the academic year May we continue to forge ahead as we plan a curriculum that enables our students, I-Gen., to better navigate life in the years ahead.

  3. Lydia Thackoor

    Good Day,
    I am currently stuck in Dominica with my family. I would like some assistance in registering my child as a private candidate to write the SEA exam as she attends a private primary school that does not accommodate the SEA Exam. Any assistance afforded to me will be greatly appreciated.

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