CAPE - Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam

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The Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) are used to assess a student's academic achievement at the secondary school level in Trinidad and Tobago.  In general, CAPE is taken by students who have completed their secondary education and wish to continue their studies.  CAPE 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 to enter the workforce.

Who is eligible to write CAPE?

In-school (public) students who have completed at least Form Five and wish to further their studies are eligible to write CAPE.  In addition, private candidates who are at least 18 years of age are eligible to write the exam.

How do I register to write CAPE?

The registration process is different for private and in-school candidates.

  • In-school candidates are registered by their schools by December for the CAPE being held the following May/June.
  • Private candidates must obtain and complete a CAPE entry form, which can be picked up at the Ministry of Education Head Office.  Registration, which  includes payment of the fees listed in the section below, must be completed by November in order to write the CAPE held the following May/June.

Ministry of Education
18 Alexandra Street
St. Clair
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 622-1365, 628-8555, 622-2181 ext. 250, 251, 252
Fax. (868) 628-0094

Office Hours:  8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

Are there any associated fees?

In-school candidates do not pay any fees.  Private candidates must pay the following fees in order to register to write CAPE:

  • An entry fee of TT$96.00.
  • A subject fee of TT$135.00 per subject.
  • An administrative, or local, fee of TT$8.00.

Fees must be paid in cash at the Ministry of Education Cashier's Unit.  

Ministry of Education
18 Alexandra Street
St. Clair
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel: (868) 622-1365, 628-8555 or 622-2181, ext. 250, 251, 252
Fax: (868) 628-0094

Opening hours:  8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

Candidates on the island of Tobago must pay fees Monday to Friday, except public holidays, between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Cashier's Unit of any of the District Revenue Offices in Trinidad and Tobago (please see link below) or at the:

Sub Treasury Section
Central Administrative Services, Tobago (CAST)
Jerningham Street
Tobago, West Indies
Tel. (868) 639-2652-7
Fax. (868) 639-2505
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

District Revenue Offices

Where can I find more information?

More information can be obtained from the Examination Section of the Ministry of Education.  The Examination Section is located in the same building as the Cashier's Unit, at the address above.  In Tobago, information may also be obtained from the THA's Department of Education at the address outlined below.

You can also visit the Ministry of Education's website by following the link below.

Department of Education
Division of Education, Youth Affairs, and Sport
ANSA Mc Al Building
Milford Road
Tobago, West Indies
Tel./Fax. (868) 635-2219 or (868) 639-3105 / 5680
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:15 pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, except public holidays. 

Ministry of Education website

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