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SEA Preparation Classes

SEA Preparation Classes


“Children are not things to be moulded, but are people to be unfolded” Jess Liar

The CTS College SEA Programme intends to unfold students’ minds by encouraging critical thinking and fostering their holistic development. Students are likely to gain the knowledge required for the exam as well as social skills that will benefit them; as they transition into the secondary school life. These skills will likely reduce the effects of a culture shock into the academic calibre needed for their new journey.

The SEA format changed to do just this- expand on student’s critical thinking ability and ability to express themselves with words! Evident in the restructure of the Grammar questions and worded problems in Mathematics which includes student structuring of answer statements. These skills are eventually transferred into the secondary school phase.

This has proved to be a heavy load on not only students but the parents as well – CTS College and their award winning student support services are here to help! The institution also provides a seamless transition from primary to secondary to degree and postgraduate programmes, all in one location and with the same quality teaching and support services.

The SEA Programme

  • Allows CTS College to enter into a new market- creating a new pool of students for the CXC and ABE programmes. Information sessions can be held with SEA parents on the benefits and opportunities available to them and their child at CTS College, upon completion of the SEA programme.
  • The critical thinking and holistic development aim of the programme can unfold weaker students to become stronger prepared to write CXC subjects within a year period
  • Students receive a boost in confidence
  • Exposes students to various learning techniques, showing that learning can be fun!
  • Introduces students to techniques effectively treating with exam anxiety
  • Helps parents and students deal with the exam pressures.
  • Prepares students for the transition into secondary school
  • Exposes parents and students to alternatives to CAPE through the ABE Programme and eventual degree programme

What do students need for this course?

  • Basic computational and writing skills
  • A desire to learn and apply knowledge
  • Motivation and confidence in one’s abilities

Who should attend?

  • Students writing exams in 2020
  • Students seeking extra/supplemental tuition
  • Students seeking entry into their preferred schools (expand skillsets with programmes offered by CTS)

What are students going to learn?

1) English Language Arts (ELA) Writing Paper

  • The difference between writing techniques
  • In depth knowledge and proper usage of the writing process- character development (stories); steps in report writing, letter types via interactive learning techniques
  • Using and knowing when to use literary devices effectively
  • Creating concise sentences
  • Knowing and can use the various types of sentences effectively
  • Knowledge of and proper construction of sentences and paragraphs

2) English Language Arts Paper: Spelling, Punctuation, Capitalization, Grammar and Reading Comprehension

  • Creating sentences with various spelling words
  • In depth knowledge of each part of speech and able to effectively use each in sentence creation
  • Apply parts of speech to proper sentence construction in Creative Writing pieces
  • Applying the thinking process to comprehension pieces – discussing thought process aloud then applying them to various reading pieces (interactive learning techniques)

3) Mathematics

  • Learn up to 20 time tables – reinforced with multiple exercises testing the same knowledge but in different ways – using technology/interactive learning techniques
  • Conversion tables – decimals and fractions made simple
  • Able to express answers in statement form
  • Practice using working columns
  • Interpretation and breakdown of worded questions (using comprehension skills)

Course Objectives

The following will be covered:

1) English Language Arts (ELA) Writing Paper [Creative Writing]

  • Demonstrate knowledge of narrative and expository writing
  • Write stories and simple reports (expository)
  • Use descriptive language and sensory details appropriate to stories
  • Use figurative language appropriate to stories
  • Use factual details appropriate to reports
  • Use formal language and tone appropriate to reports
  • Express written ideas clearly and coherently
  • Generate a variety of sentence types
  • Demonstrate accurate use of grammar, spelling and mechanics
  • Demonstrate effective organisation of ideas

2) English Language Arts Paper: Spelling, Punctuation, Capitalization, Grammar and Reading Comprehension

  • Reading Comprehension Thinking Process
  • Objectives and Processes for Non-fiction Text
  • Objectives and Processes for Literary Texts (Poems and Stories)
  • Objectives and Processes for Graphic Text
  • Grammar in Context
  • Spelling and Vocabulary
  • Capitalisation and Punctuation

3) Mathematics

  • Mathematical Thinking Processes
  • Distribution of Marks by Strands and Thinking Processes
  • Assessment Objectives for the Mathematics Paper
  • Objectives and Thinking Processes for Number
  • Objectives and Thinking Processes for Measurement
  • Objectives and Thinking Processes for Geometry
  • Objectives and Thinking Processes for Statistics


  • Weekly verbal and written quizzes- includes mental; spelling and vocabulary test (with most commonly misspelt words; creating sentences with them); definition and usage of literary devices.
  • Monthly assessments that includes past paper questions/booklets but also focuses on the application of knowledge in each subject matter.
  • Each assessment is timed according to SEA regulations with incorporated check over time.

Duration of SEA Papers

Paper Time Allotment
English Language Arts Writing (Creative Writing) Fifty (50) minutes
Mathematics Seventy-five (75) minutes
English Language Arts Seventy-five (75) minutes

Comparison of SEA 2016 and SEA 2019 - 2023

Components of SEA 2016 Components of SEA 2019 - 2023

Section 1:
• Grammar Skills: (22 items)
- Nouns: 4 items
- Part of Speech: 3 items
- Verbs: 3 items
- Direct speech: 2 items
- Active voice: 2 items
- Correct form of words: 3 items
- Conjunctions: 2 items
- Grammatical error: 3 items
Section II:
• Vocabulary: 6 items
• Spelling: 3 items
• Punctuation: 4 items
Section III:
• Non-fiction text: 5 items; (includes two parts (a)and (b)
• Fiction (poetry): 5 items; (includes two parts (a)and (b)

• Graphic: 5 items (includes two parts (a) and (b)

Section 1:
• Spelling: 6 items
• Punctuation and Capitalization: 6 items
• Grammar Skills: 6 items

Section II:
• Non-fiction text or Fiction text: 10 items
• Poetry: 10 items

• Graphic Text: 5 items

Course Schedule

Subject Day Time Monthly Cost
Mathematics Saturdays 8:30am to 10:30am $160
Mathematics Tuesdays 3:30pm to 6:30pm $200
Grammar Saturdays 10:45am to 12:30pm $160
Grammar Mondays 3:30pm to 6:30pm $200
Creative Writing Thursdays 3:30pm to 6:30pm $200
Creative Writing Saturdays 3:00pm to 5:00pm $160
Comprehension and Vocabulary Saturdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm $160

ALL materials are provided.

All classes include past paper and practice test revision. Combinations are possible.

Student Support

Lecturer's Profile: Ramona Ramroop

Ramona Ramroop is a registered teacher with the Ministry of Education (Teacher II), lecturer and Programme Facilitator in the areas of Crime, Citizen Security and Youth Development. She has been teaching for over 10 years in both the primary and secondary private schools in areas such as Principles of Business, English, Social Studies and ELA.

Her primary school experience includes small class tutoring which focused on individual attention given to students, benefiting especially, the weaker ones, who were able to secure improved grades in their SEA sitting.

Ramroop earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with honours from the University of the West Indies and moved on to earn a Master of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the same institution. She is currently enrolled in a Project Management course at CTS and has expansive experience in primary and secondary research.

Her experience includes facilitating interviews and workshops with the Ministry of National Security in Jamaica and for the UWI. She is currently employed at an international organization where she works with youths throughout both islands in policy development and citizen security, with focus on ‘at-risk’ youth.

Ramroop’s experience with youths allows her to communicate with them on a different level, relating to challenges they may face socially, financially and academically, hence the desire behind making this programme successful: for the benefit of the youth, through excellent educational services.

Additional Support

Student and parent support as it relates to the SEA workload will be provided by the Programme Manager/Lecturer. They can easily and conveniently be contacted via telephone, whatsapp and email.

There will be online access to all materials:

  • in class hand-outs
  • past papers
  • practice questions
  • quizzes
  • model past paper solutions through a shared Google drive for parents’ easy access
  • All written and electronic copies of materials will be provided by CTS at no additional cost to parents/guardians

Student Testimonial

Sunil Lochan

Sunil Junior Lochan

Past CTS College Student

My name is Sunil Junior Lochan. While attending primary school, I had the privilege of being taught by Ms. Ramona, in her capacity as a private tutor. Ms. Ramona has taught me Grammar and Creative Writing since I was in Standard One. She took me from being an average student to a confident, top scoring student in less than one year. It is her persistence and dedication that helped me score 19 out of 20 in SEA 2018 Creative Writing, helping secure my spot in Presentation College Chaguanas.

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