With the first sitting of the Primary Exit Profile, PEP, just under two weeks away, Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, says more than 39,000 students have been confirmed to sit the exam.

But, more than 41,000 students in total are registered to sit the exam. Just over 1,200 of those students have deferred their sitting of the exam to another year.

PEP is divided into three components that will be administered separately over the next three months. The ability section of the secondary school matriculation examination will take place on Tuesday, February 26.

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Minister Reid says more than 1,000 testing centres will be used islandwide. He adds that the distribution of the exam booklets and training of exam invigilators are far advanced.

Meanwhile, Minister Reid says provisions have been made for students with special needs. PEP’s ability test component judges the student’s capacity to reason with words. It consists of 40 multiple choice questions and accounts for 30-per cent of a student’s overall grade.