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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 41

School Examination for Honours

School Examination for Honours.

1. Candidates for honours must have passsed the elementary examination in the first class.

2. The examination for honours shall be considered as a supplementary one to the elementary examination, and shall be held immediately after that examination.

3. Boys who are candidates for honours must be under sixteen years of age on the first of January of the year in which they present themselves for the honours examination.

4. Girls who are candidates for honours must be under eighteen years of age on the first of January of the year in which they present themselves for the honours examination.

5. The honours examination will include the following subjects:—

Group I.—Literature.

(2).English Language and Literature.
(4).German or Dutch.

Group II.—Science.

(1).Arithmetic and Algebra.
(2).Geometry.page 22
(3).Outlines of Inorganic Chemistry.
(4).The Elements of Physics, or Physical Geography, with the Outlines of any one of the following subjects:—Mineralogy, Botany, Zoology, Geology.

6. A. candidate is at liberty to select any threesubjects in each group, and must select two at least. A candidate may choose only one of the subjects marked (4) in each group.

7. No candidate shall pass the examination who does not show a competent knowledge of at least two subjects in each of the groups.

8. The examination shall be conducted in the following order:
First Day

—Morning, 9—12, Latin.

Afternoon, 1.30—4.30, English.

Second Day.

—Morning, 9—12, French.

Afternoon, 1.30—4.30, German or Dutch.

Third day.

—Morning, 9—12, Arithmetic and Algebra.

Afternoon,—4.30, Geometry.

Fourth Day.

—Morning, 9—12, Outlines of Chemistry.

Afternoon, 1.30—4.30, the Elements of Physics or Physical Geography.

9. The following particulars of the foregoing examination are intended to guide candidates:
  • Latin.—An author, or portion of an author, usually read in schools, to be notified from time to time by the Council. The paper will contain passages from the author prescribed, and also other passages, to be translated into English; and English sentences to be translated into Latin. The paper is intended to test accuracy of knowledge, and therefore considerable value will be attached to grammatical questions. The subject in 1880 will be Virgil, Æneid, Book V.
  • English.—Composition, Analysis, and the grammatical structure of the Language. Outlines of the History of English Literature.
  • French, German, or Dutch.—The paper will contain Passages for translation into English, and English Phrases and Sentences for translation into the Language chosen; and also grammatical questions.
  • Arithmetic and Algebra—The candidate will be expected to have a thorough knowledge of Arithmetic (excluding the use of logarithms), and a knowledge of Algebra as far as, and including, simple equations and the solution of questions producing simple equations.
  • Geometry.—The paper will consist of questions on the 1st book of Euclid, and of simple deductions.
  • Chemistry.—An ordinary text book, such as Roscoe's Lessons in Elementary Chemistry, will sufficiently indicate the range of the examination.
  • Physics.—The candidate may select either of the two following subjects:—
    (i)Light, heat, electrictity and magnetism, as treated in Balfour Stewart's Lessons in Elementary Physics.
    (ii)Hydrostatics, mechanics, hydraulics and pneumatics, as treated in Comstock and Hoblyn's Natural Philosophy, from the beginning to page 92.
    page 23
  • Physical Geography.—Any ordinary text book, such as Geikic's Elementary Lessons in Physical Geography, will sufficiently indicate the range of the examination.
  • Mineralogy.—The elements of the science, as treated in Rutley's Mineralogy (Murby's "Science and Art Department" series of text books).
  • Botany.—The elements of the science, as treated in Gray's Lessons in Botany or Oliver's Lessons in Elementary Botany.
  • Zoology.—The examination will embrace certain portions of the subject, to be specified from year to year. The subject of examination in 1880 will be "The Vertebrate Animals," as treated in the introduction and chapters xxiii to xxxii, inclusive, of Nicholson's Advanced Text Book of Zoology (London, 1870).
  • Geology.—The examination will embrace certain portions of the subject, to be specified from year to year. The subject of examination in 1880 will be those portions of the science treated in chapters i to vii, inclusive, and chapters xxii to xxxvi inclusive, of Lyell's Student's Elements of Geology.

10. Candidates for honours must send in their names to the Registrar, with a list of the subjects in which they wish to be examined, on or before the first of December preceding the examination.

11. The local arrangements for this examination must be made by a local committee, in the manner prescribed by the regulations for the elementary school examination.

12. The fee for the honours examinations shall be ten shillings. Candidates who fail to pass the examination, or who do not present themselves at the examination for which they have entered their names, must pay the fee again before they can be admitted to a subsequent examination.

13. Candidates may enter their names for the elementary examination and for the honours examination, in one and the same year; but no candidate, whether boy or girl, may so enter whose age exceeds sixteen years on the 1st of January in that year. Such candidates must pay the fee for each examination.

14. The names of successful candidates will be arranged in order of merit.

15. The Registrar will issue a certificate to all candidates who have passed the examination, and the certificate will specify the subjects in which the candidate has passed.

16. The first examination will be held in April, 1880.

17. This examination shall be known as the "School Examination for Honours."

All communications on the subject of these examinations are to be addressed to the Registrar of the University, University Chambers, Cape Town.

In order to prevent misunderstanding and disappointment, the attention of all who are interested in these examinations is directed to the following:—
(a)All applications from local committees for the appointment of centres of examination must be sent to the Registrar early in February.
(b)The Registrar will not communicate with, or receive fees from, page 24 any candidate directly. All payments are to be made and information obtained through the secretary of the local committee.
(c)The names of candidates, with the amount of their fees, must be sent to the Registrar on or before the 1st December, 1879, for the Honours Examination, or the 1st March, 1880, for the Elementary Examination.