More than 1,355 primary school students in the 11 plus age group will be writing the Grade Six National Assessment today and tomorrow.
The students, who attend both public and private institutions, will be taking the annual exam at 37 centres located in Antigua and on the sister isle, Barbuda.
Today, the students will be assessed in Language Arts and Science, while Mathematics and Social Studies will be administered tomorrow.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, in a release to the media yesterday, indicated its readiness to administer the exam, and Assistant Director of Education, Measurement and Evaluation, Ineta Francis said that final preparations were being put in place.
The Grade Six National Assessment is a final evaluation for primary school students who will be entering the secondary school system next school year, which begins in September.
Following the assessment, a cadre of teachers will be selected to grade the exam scripts, and marks will then be entered into a database, before a performance analysis is undertaken and secondary school placements are finalized, the Ministry of Education said.