Wednesday, July 25, 2012

UPSR 2012 Tips, Trial Papers, Exam Timetable (Kertas Peperiksaan Ujian Percubaan UPSR)

Final Update: 10 September 2012 (Good Luck in UPSR!)

FREE Collection of UPSR 2012 Tips, Trial Papers, Exam Timetable (Koleksi Kertas Soalan Ujian Percubaan UPSR) Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR, was previously known as Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah), is Malaysia's Primary School Evaluation Test.

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Ultimate Collection of Percubaan UPSR SJK(C) which includes Bahasa Cina papers:
Selangor
Sabah
Terengganu
Pahang
Perlis
Kelantan
Kuala Lumpur
Negeri Sembilan
Kedah
Perak
Melaka
Johor
Sarawak
Pulau Pinang

Pulau Pinang (Penang)
Bahasa Melayu - Pemahaman, Penulisan
Bahasa Inggeris - Kertas 1, Kertas 2
Matematik - Kertas 1, Kertas 2
Sains

Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (WP KL)
Bahasa Melayu - Pemahaman, Penulisan
English - Paper 1, Paper 2
Matematics - Paper 1, Paper 2
Science - Section A, Section B

Kelantan
Bahasa Melayu - Kertas 1, Kertas 2
Bahasa Inggeris - Kertas 1, Kertas 2
Matematik - Kertas 1, Kertas 2, Skema Jawapan
Sains

Perlis
Bahasa Melayu - Pemahaman, Penulisan
Matematik - Kertas 1, Kertas 2

Sarawak
Bahasa Melayu
Lawas: Kertas 1, 2
Baram: BM and BI
JPN: Pemahaman, Penulisan
English
Lawas: Paper 1, 2
Baram: BM and BI
JPN: Paper 1, Paper 2
Mathematics
Lawas: Paper 1, 2
Baram: Paper 1, Paper 2
JPN: Paper 1, Paper 2
Science
Lawas: Bahagian A, B
Baram: Bahagian A, B
JPN: Part A, Part B
Answer Schema / Skema Jawapan
Baram
Jabatan Pelajaran Negeri (JPN) Sarawak

Kedah
Bahasa Melayu - Pemahaman, Penulisan, Jawapan
Matematik - Kertas 1, Kertas 2, Jawapan
Bahasa Inggeris - Kertas 1, Kertas 2
Sains

Negeri Sembilan
Bahasa Melayu - Pemahaman, Penulisan, Jawapan
Matematik - Kertas 1, Kertas 2, Jawapan
Bahasa Inggeris - Kertas 1, Kertas 2, Jawapan
Sains, Jawapan

Selangor
Matematik - Kertas 1, Kertas 2
Sains

Terengganu
Bahasa Melayu
Pemahaman, Penulisan
OTI 3: PemahamanPenulisan | Pemahaman, Penulisan
Bahasa Inggeris
Paper 1, Paper 2
OTI 3: Paper 1Paper 2 | Paper 1, Paper 2
Mathematics
1: Paper 1, Paper 2
2: Paper 1, Paper 2
3: Paper 1, Paper 2
OTI 2: Paper 1, Paper 2
OTI 3: Paper 1, Paper 2
Science
Section A, Section B

Perak
Bahasa Melayu
1: Pemahaman, Penulisan, Jawapan
2: Pemahaman, Penulisan, Jawapan
3: Pemahaman
Bahasa Inggeris
1: Kertas 1, Kertas 2, Jawapan
2: Kertas 2, Jawapan
3: Kertas 2
Matematik
1: Kertas 1, Kertas 2, Jawapan
2: Kertas 1, Kertas 2, Jawapan
3: Kertas 2
Sains
1: Sains, Jawapan
2: Sains, Jawapan

Pahang
Bahasa Melayu - Pemahaman, Penulisan
English - Paper 1, Paper 2
Mathematics - Paper 1, Paper 2
Science

Johor
Bahasa Melayu - Pemahaman, Penulisan, Jawapan
Mathematics - Paper 1, Paper 2, Answer
English - Paper 1, Paper 2, Answer
Sains - Bahagian A, Bahagian B, Jawapan

Melaka
Bahasa Melayu - Pemahaman, Penulisan
English - Paper 1, Paper 2
Matematik - Paper 1, Paper 2
Sains - Bahagian A, Bahagian B
Answer Schema - Skema Jawapan

UPSR 2012 Examination Timetable (Takwim Peperiksaan UPSR 2012)
Download official UPSR 2012 Exam Timetable (Kalendar / Tarikh / Jadual Waktu Ujian UPSR) from Ministry of Education website.

Written Test (Ujian Bertulis): 11 - 13 September 2012 (Tuesday to Thursday)

11 September 2012 (Tuesday)
  • 8:15AM - 9:05AM (50 minutes): Bahasa Melayu Pemahaman (Multiple-Choice Objective)
  • 9:45AM - 11:00AM (1 hour 15 minutes): Bahasa Melayu Penulisan (Subjective)
  • 11:45AM - 12:25PM (40 minutes): Mathematics Kertas 2 (Subjective)
12 September 2012 (Wednesday)
  • 8:15AM - 9:15AM (1 hour): Mathematics Kertas 1 (Multiple-Choice Objective)
  • 9:55AM - 10:45AM (50 minutes): Bahasa Cina / Bahasa Tamil Pemahaman (Multiple-Choice Objective)
  • 11:45AM - 1:00PM (1 hour 15 minutes): Bahasa Cina / Bahasa Tamil Penulisan (Subjective)
13 September 2012 (Thursday)
  • 8:15AM - 9:30AM (1 hour 15 minutes): Science (Multiple-Choice Objective and Subjective)
  • 10:15AM - 11:05AM (50 minutes): Bahasa Inggeris Kertas 1 (Multiple-Choice Objective)
  • 11:45AM - 1:00PM (1 hour 15 minutes): Bahasa Inggeris Kertas 2 (Subjective)
  • 2:30PM - 4:00PM (1 hour 30 minutes): Ujian Aptitud Tahun Enam (Multiple-Choice Objective)
Notes on UPSR (according to Wikipedia):
  • UPSR exam is held annually on the second Tuesday of September. The score is calculated based on a bell curve, thus the passing grade is reflected by the yearly performance.
  • After every exam,the exam paper wil be brought to any examining centre across states of Malaysia. The places of examining are secret to public, but some person spoke that the invigilator can randomly send the papers to any examining centre. Every objective sheet will be examined by computer, and every subjective papers will be examined by examiners. After examining all the papers, the marks will be put into the online systems. There will be some meetings that will set the mark grades for every papers (Standard mark for 'A' grade is 80 marks above, but with analyzing every marks and questions, it may be lowed to 70+ marks above). Then result is printed and distributed to every District Education Departments where the candidates live. The results usually announced on the last Thursday school day (Second last day of school, except Terengganu,Kelantan and Kedah, it is the last day of school).
  • Each of the two Bahasa Malaysia subjects is offered at two different levels: the harder SK level and the easier SJK level, due to the difference in the Bahasa Malaysia syllabus taught in SK and SJK. However, SJK students may opt to sit for the SK paper with permission from their schools.
  • Introduced in 2009, aptitude test (ujian aptitud) is used to evaluate students' aptitude and are written in the pupil's own language. The one and a half hour test comprises 61 multiple choice questions, divided into three sections based on three core areas namely thinking skills, problem solving and decision making. Students are graded according to band scores, ranging from Band 1 (Extremely Limited User) to Band 6.


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Monday, July 23, 2012

On Choosing The Right University Course - Research Thoroughly Before Enrolling

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One simple question. How many of you test the pool water with your feet before diving right in? You wouldn’t want jumping into the water only to find that it’s freezing cold, would you? That would be just… awful! Well, choosing the course to enroll in at university isn’t much different. College work begins before you even put your name down as a student. It’s all about research, research and research. Trust me, simply enrolling in a program because your gut tells you it’s the right one or because your friends are doing so would probably tear you down to pieces later on.

It’s only human for us to think that we want what we want until we actually do it. Realizing that you have chosen the wrong course after classes have commenced is one of the worst things that could happen to a student. In my previous post, I’ve mentioned that I have a Mass Communication background. What I did not mention was that my major was broadcasting. After securing a diploma in Mass Communication, I decided to pursue broadcasting, thinking that it was what I wanted. Back then, I wanted to be a presenter. Guess what? Given that technical “stuff” are not really my thing, I had a hard time in certain subjects – especially when it had much to do with using video cameras, editing videos and what not.
Tips on Choosing the Right Pre-University Programmes for You!
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You see, I wasn’t completely aware, before I enrolled, that broadcasting was more of learning how to be a production crew rather than developing skills of a television presenter. OK. It is probably the right path if you want to be a TV host but failing to know that technical skills are important for such a course caught me off guard. As if that wasn’t enough, when I underwent my practical training, it was one hell of a challenge! Don’t get me wrong. I learned a lot during that period but if I had known better what I was signing up for, I would have either been more prepared or went for another option. I’ve always loved to write but I figured majoring in journalism would drown me in news – something which I wasn’t keen to pursue back then. Turns out, journalism would have been a better major for a person like myself. I reckon you get my point right? (I know… a long-winded story for a simple point). But hey, I really do think that sharing that experience would ring a bell or two.

Again, I highly recommend that you do whatever research is needed before enrolling. Don’t fuss because you won’t be needing journals and research papers. Obviously, I’m not talking about that kind of research. Here are some ways you can find out more about the courses offered at universities and colleges before you make your pick.

My top five method of evaluating the best course to enroll in at university/college

1. Official website Of course, this is probably where everyone begins. You decide to further your studies so you click on the website of the college of your choice. When doing this, be sure to browse through all the courses being offered. You’ll be surprise to stumble upon some courses you have never heard off. It may just change you initial decision. While this serves as a good start, DO NOT rely completely on websites. They’re there just for you to have a kick-start. And… for the love of God, browse only official websites, not some blogs “talking” about the courses you’re considering. Those may be true but you can never guarantee that they are not flawed.

2. Friends or even better, lecturers Simply browsing websites and reading brochures will not give you enough details to guide your judgment. You need to approach someone who is, or has, pursued the course you’re considering. As they have been directly involved in the process, they can offer you their genuine opinion on how the course is. Is it interesting? What do they learn? What are the career prospects? It’s even better if you can get in touch with a lecturer. An experienced one is even better. He or she would know all the ropes and recommend the best choice.

3. Campus tour This is essential if you want to get a taste of what college life feels like but of course, it will feel much different once you are part of that world. But it doesn’t hurt to just grab a bite, does it? Choose a college, make an appointment with the person in charge or program coordinator and have a look around the campus. Do you like the surroundings? How do the students look like on first impression? How do you think you’ll fit in? OK. I’m not condoning judging the book by its cover but for this case, judging the cover before reading the book might just be the right move because it’s money and time we’re talking about.

4. Education fair To be honest, this isn’t my favorite. Personally, education fairs are only for me to gather names of the colleges and universities which I can put into my list. I’ve been to such fairs and of course, they’re there to bring in more students. So yes, you can get the information needed but what you won’t get is how well does that information cater to your needs. Therefore, this fourth step is basically information-gathering rather than decision guidance. Nevertheless, it’s still one way to help your research.

5. Observation This is simple but yet vital. Say you’re thinking of pursuing medicine. Look around you. Have your friends who pursued such course managed to get their dream jobs in that line? If they have, are they enjoying it? You need to know if the course you’re about to enroll in will create the right career path for you. This is completely subjective and it varies from one person to another. So keep your eyes opened. At all times.

There…I can be writing day and night but eventually, it will be up to you. Studying is a commitment and for commitments to succeed, they need to be done from the heart. Unless you choose your commitments wisely, chances are you’ll never follow them through. So, think smart and make the right first move.


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Friday, July 06, 2012

Get Your Rightful A’s In SPM English Writing / MUET

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Writing couldn’t be your biggest nightmare; writing without nothing in your mind is the one!

Exam bell…
Exam bell…
SPM on the way!
Oh what fun it is to write
To get you a straight A’s!

SPM is coming to town! Are you all geared up for the coming November- especially for the English paper?

For those who are still struggling for “killing tips” for English 1119, do fret no more! As a senior who passed through all kinds of tough government exams, safe and sound, I would like to share my tips for W-R-I-T-I-N-G well in SPM English Paper I Section B.
SPM English Essay Writing MUET
Section B makes up 50 marks for your total marks for your exam. Hence, there is no reason for you not to put in your ONE HUNDRED AND ONE percent of efforts to churn up an impressive writing for your Paper One. By now you should know jolly well what types of questions that you are going to get- to refresh the memory for those are still unsure, here there are: descriptive essay, argumentative writing, narrative writing, expository writing, and one-word essay-- and understand which kind of question you are very confident of answering. Bear in mind, it’s not only about having ideas to scribble on answer sheet; it’s about whether you get it absolutely right!

First, let’s explore the nature of these writings. Being the most challenging type of writing, descriptive writing requires you to have a strong command of vocabularies, variety of effective writing styles and figures of speech (for instance metaphors.) If providing factual statements with convincing examples is your forte, argumentative writing and expository writing could most probably be your cups of tea- it’s a MUST that you know the topic inside out, nevertheless. As for one-word essay, it covers vast ocean of topics, ranging from general interests, issues or even the serious life topics, and mostly concerns students.

Now, understand the ace in your hand. Do you fit any of the above writing requirements? No problem with impeccable, flowery descriptive vocabularies? Have receptive antennas to a broad scope of current issues? Don’t feel dejected for all no’s to the above questions. Give narrative writing a try!

Completing a story based on an ending or beginning phrase- a question that will pop out in exams without failure- can be much easier topic for write about. Here are the steps that I have devised for myself, that helped me to achieve A1 for my 1119 and Band 5 for my MUET exam.
  1. Write any story you would like, but don’t forget to link to the phrase. There’s NO RULE so rigid that we cannot write a terrible picnic experience, if we are asked to end our story with “…with relief I back in one piece”; or we can’t write an absurd dream if the given beginning phrase is “I turned over the question paper…” The gist is, writing story gives you the right to set your imagination free- no story is considered wrong since it is story. So, don’t freeze your imagination, just thaw it!
  2. Get the ingredients in place. Six months to go before SPM, gives you the luxury of time to prepare some sets of your stories. Prepare some stories that linger around your schooling life, to say, an unforgettable meeting with Principle, an amazing class with American’s Idol and etcetera. Weaving your own stories based on your own experience makes your life easier; however, you can browse through some essay reference books, preferably A-Level’s for some interesting stories, if you aren't confident enough with your own ones.
  3. Remember the structure of your stories, without too deep into details. Taking one of my stories as example, part of my story was:

    “…we organized a secret birthday party for our Form Teacher, without the knowledge of Headmaster. He, in his ocean blue tie, smartly dressed, was doing his routine ‘spot check’…Peering through our class, he saw a splash of cake on the floor… He just darted his eyes away, walking away in silence.”

    Do I have to remember every single detail? Of course not! Just remember:

    “…we did a party for Form Teacher without informing headmaster. He knew it when he walked past our classroom but he pretended not to.”

    Do you want to have cold feet in front of questions, spitting out word by word while seeing time slips through your finger unconsciously? No? Then make an effort to remember the storylines, to familiarize yourself with the stories- they may not be your own, though
  4. Make it a habit to jot down the new vocabularies you learn from daily reading. Understand how to use them- make a sentence for each vocabulary if possible- and revise them after a period of time, saying a week. Tedious it may seem to you, but believe me, these words will be the biggest benefactor to you in times of need.
  5. Don’t put all your eggs in the same basket. Having realized the best option you can have, doesn’t mean that you should stop honing your knife in other types of essay writing. Make a study group for yourself, gathering all the great minds alike in preparing the titles for other writing types- brainstorming for the possible topics, research and discussion- can help to save a lot of time, not only for you, but also for your peers. You’ll come to appreciate it and let out a sigh of relief “Phew! Luckily we got that spot-on!”
Last advice for you, don’t just dream about how well you can write in the exam hall- get the words done on the paper. The more we write, the more skillful you will get. Confidence and calmness will get you through hard time, especially when you face all five tough questions- which is mostly unlikely to happen.

Get this idea right into your mind and start to get it worked out. All the best to you!

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