The Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination® (CAPE®) is designed to provide certification of the academic, vocational and technical achievement of students in the Caribbean who, having completed a minimum of five years of secondary education, wish to further their studies. The examinations address the skills and knowledge acquired by students under a flexible and articulated system where subjects are organized in 1-Unit or 2-Unit courses with each Unit containing three Modules. Subjects examined under CAPE® may be studied concurrently or singly.
The Caribbean Examinations Council offers three types of certification at the CAPE® level. The first is the award of a certificate showing each CAPE® Unit completed. The second is the CAPE® Diploma, awarded to candidates who have satisfactorily completed at least six Units, including the Caribbean Studies. The third is the CXC® Associate Degree, awarded for the satisfactory completion of a prescribed cluster of eight CAPE® Units including Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies, and Integrated Mathematics. Integrated Mathematics is not a requirement for the CXC® Associate Degree in Mathematics. The complete list of Associate Degrees may be found in the CXC® Associate Degree Handbook.
For the CAPE® Diploma and the CXC® Associate Degree, candidates must complete the cluster of required Units within a maximum period of five years. To be eligible for a CXC® Associate Degree, the educational institution presenting the candidates for the award must select the Associate Degree of
choice at the time of registration at the sitting (year) the candidates are expected to qualify for the award. Candidates will not be awarded an Associate Degree for which they were not registered.