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English Language General guidelines

  • To prepare for this subject, you will have to continuously improve your language skills in every day life. Try to speak and write more in English language, and read more English books, magazines and newspaper.
  • Before the exam, you mainly need to concentrate on Literature and Writing.
  • To prepare for paper 2, all you need to do is to do exercises regularly.

A. Writing
i. Directed Writing

  • Materials will be given for this section. You are advised to read the question carefully before answering the question
  • You have to count the number of points given. If the number of points given are insufficient, you will need to provide your own ideas in order to score full marks for your content
  • If the essay is formatted writing, make sure that the format is correct.

ii. Continuous Writing

  • You are advised to read all the questions carefully and choose the question that you are most confident in.
  • Include some idioms and quotes by famous personalities in your essay to make it more interesting.
  • The sentence structure should be varied. Use simple, compound and complex sentences in your writing.
  • Your essay have to be interesting if you attempt narrative/descriptive essay. Avoid making grammatical errors in your essay. Refer to the question often when writing your essay to avoid writing out of topic.

B. Paper 2 Section A
i. Stimuli and Graphic Material

  • Read the materials given and question carefully, cancel off the options that you consider as definitely wrong. Choose the most suitable answer among the options you are left with, based on the materials given.

ii. Rational Cloze

  • This section tests you on grammar. You are advised to read the passage given carefully.
  • Cancel off the options that you consider as definitely wrong. Choose the most suitable word to fill in the blanks in the passage among the 4 options, based on your understanding in grammar.

C. Paper 2 Section B (Information Transfer)

  • Read the materials given carefully. When answering, copy directly from the materials given and avoid using your own words. However, in some cases, you may have to make some changes to suit your answer.
  • Ensure that the spelling in your answer is exactly the same as the spelling in the materials given, otherwise your answer will be considered wrong and no mark will be given.
  • Answers should be short and precise.

D. Paper 2 Section C
i. Reading Comprehension

  • Read the questions and passage given carefully. Answer all questions based on the passage given. When answering, look for answers from the particular paragraph of the passage as stated in the question.
  • If the question asked you for your opinion, you should provide your own answer and do not look for answers from the passage given. Your ideas must be logical and relevant.
  • For this section, you do not need to answer in complete sentence. Do not add in any unnecessary details in your answer or write extra answers. Marks will be deducted.

ii. Summary

  • The question will usually ask you to summarize on 2 topics. Read the question and passage given carefully. Underline the relevant points in the passage that are related to any of the 2 topics.
  • When answering, use relevant points from the passage. Do not take the elaborations or examples. You must begin your answer using the 10 words given in the question.
  • You do not need to write any Introduction or Closing. Try to use your own words by replacing the words in the passage with other words which have the same meaning,
  • You should write a total of 10 points. You are advised to write more points if you summary has no reach the word limit (130 words)
  • You should write in continuous form and not in point form. State the exact number of words below your summary. DO NOT CHEAT. The examiners will count the total number of words in your summary.

E. Poem

  • Read the poem and questions carefully. Answer all questions based on your understanding of the poem.
  • If the question asks for your own opinion, you should answer the question using your own opinion and do not look for answers in the poem. Answers given must be logical and relevant.
  • You do not need to answer in complete sentences. Make sure there in no spelling and grammatical errors.

F. Novel

  • For this section, you will have to elaborate clearly on every point you write. Give suitable examples from the novel. You must answer in complete sentences and not point form, otherwise marks can be deducted. Make sure that the grammar is correct.
  • You can also quote what the characters said in the novel as textual evidence.
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