Chemistry SBA for CSEC – A Student's Guide

Chemistry SBA for CSEC – A Student's Guide

Level: Secondary

Series Title: Chemistry SBA for CSEC

Subject: Science

ISBN: 978 976 638 159 2

Pages: 132

Age Group: 14 - 18 years

Published: 2016

Chemistry SBA for CSEC - A Student's Guide helps Chemistry students to properly and confidently execute their SBAs in an organized and efficient manner, so that they can achieve a good score in this area going into the CSEC Chemistry examinations.

Also, since lab books become the property of CXC, students will have the notes they make in this book when revising for the examination.

Section A looks at how to design a lab project, the investigative project and the types of skills to be covered and assessed. This section also gives explanations of the types of skills being assessed in CSEC Chemistry.

Section B contains the practical exercises or experiments for the SBA. The experiments cover every topic of the CSEC Chemistry syllabus.

Section C addresses three traditionally difficult areas of the subject, i.e. mole concept, calculations involved in electrolysis and the identification of ions.

Scroll down to the Notes to the Students section to download free additional resources.


Olando Gayle
has a Bachelor of Education in Chemistry. He has enjoyed great success as a teacher of Chemistry and over the years has held various training SBA workshops for Chemistry teachers. He has also assisted numerous students who have been able to learn the problematic topics with comfort. Although he is now an ordained minister in the Anglican Church, the author still marks CSEC Chemistry, conducts workshops with students and voluntarily provides help to students on a one to one basis.

Key Features

  • Starts with an introductory section containing
    • notes on the School Based Assessment process
    • suggested formats for the SBA
    • skills to be covered in the SBA
  • Includes space for recording the results of experiments, as well as observations, and space for drawing diagrams of apparatus. When the students have submitted their lab books, they will have their own notes/documentation of what happened in the experiments.
  • Incorporates proposed mark schemes for experiments – with these, students can know what they are being marked/assessed for. The student therefore, should be able to ensure that they cover the requirements in order to score the maximum marks on the practical activity/exercise. It should be noted that the teacher has the flexibility to change these mark schemes – that is why they are referred to as ‘Proposed’.
  • Provides in Section C, major help on three traditionally challenging areas for students:
    • the mole concept
    • calculations involved in electrolysis and
    • the identification of ions
  • Gives tips on how to succeed in Chemistry to students
  • Includes an index – which helps students to quickly locate material on various topics.

Look out For:

  • Guidance on how to write up experiments
  • Guidance on how to write up the Planning and Designing Lab
  • Tips on how to succeed at chemistry
  • Precautions that accompany some of the experiments
  • Icons that indicate recommendations whether labs should be carried out individually, as a group or demonstrated by the teacher.

Notes To Students:

  • All the mark schemes tables in Section B (except for those with MM beside them) will be made available to students on the Carlong website in pdf format. Students can print these, cut them out and paste them at the end of the experiments that they have documented in their lab books. The teacher will then fill in the marks. This will help the student to know what they have been marked down for.

    CLICK HERE (to download the Mark Schemes).

  • Pdfs of pages 44, 82 and 83 will also be available on the Carlong website for students to print. These pages contain tables that Chemistry teachers would traditionally give to students to fill in the responses in the blank spaces. Having completed the tables, students then cut out them out and paste them in their lab books for the teacher to mark.

    Click the topic links below to download the pdfs.

    Pg 44 - Oxidizing and Reducing Agents
    Pg 82 - Qualitative Analysis 1
    Pg 83 - Qualitative Analysis 2

Additional Comments

Spiral Binding

Spiral binding has been used to facilitate the student having to write and draw in the book. The spiral binding allows them the ease of being able to lay the book perfectly flat when carrying out these activities.