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Copy of How to Ace the English Language O Level Examination Syllabus

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How to Ace the English Language O Level Examination Syllabus 1128
Paper 1:
Paper 2:
Paper 3:
Section A - 24m
Section B - 6m
Paper 4:
Reading Aloud - 10m
Spoken Interaction - 20m
Paper 1 - Writing (70m) 35%
Paper 2 - Comprehension (50m) 35%
Paper 3 - Listening Comprehension (30m) 10%
Paper 4 - Oral (30m) 20%

How to Ace this?

1. Remember PACC - Purpose, Audience, Context, Culture
2. Read the question at least TWICE
3. Determine the main tasks by HIGHLIGHTING keywords and key tasks
4. Identify the writer-reader RELATIONSHIP, which determines tone and register
5. Identify the FORM of response (e.g. formal letter, informal letter, proposal, speech, itinerary, brochure, etc.) which determines: format, tone and register
6. Pay attention to the WAY you are to respond, e.g. 'in a polite tone', 'convincing', etc.
7. DON'T regurgitate details of data given - this won't make you score high marks
8. Use the data to APPLY to your circumstance and / or audience
9. Remember the formats. If in doubt, don't panic. Slight errors will not result in a severe loss of marks. It's more important NOT to use mixed formats
10. Use a separate paragraph per point as far as possible. This will enable the marker to clearly see that you have addressed all the given points.
11. Use the given map (if so provided) to show careful planning
12. WRITE LEGIBLY! Ensure capital letters are obvious from non-capital letters
13. Write within the word range.
14. CHECK your work. It's more important to have a grammatically clean essay than one that is very long but filled with errors. Check for tense, sva, punctuation (fragments and sentence separation!), spelling, fragments, sentence separation, verb form, word form, preposition, conjunction, expression, wrong word errors, etc.
15. Various FORMATS...
Editing - 10m
What can and will be tested?
1. Grammar: including tenses, verb forms, word forms, subject-verb agreement (singular-plural)
2. Preposition
3. Connectors including conjunction

What cannot be tested?
1. Spelling
2. Choice of different words, e.g. 'right' to 'left'
3. Punctuation

What you must do...
1. Find 8 errors (1 error per line)
2. Circle the 8 errors in the Answer Booklet, and write down the corrected word in the blank provided
3. Put 2 ticks in 2 blanks which has no error

How to ace this?
1. Prepare by reading many short articles from various sources to obtain various inputs in terms of grammar and style
2. Remember the basics: S(ubject) - V(erb) - O(bject). Don't be tricked by noun / noun phrases which aren't the subject of the sentence / clause
3. Be careful with phrasal verbs - changing the associated preposition usually bears significant change in meaning, e.g. 'step out' vs 'step up'
4. Watch for pronouns - trace the pronoun to the original noun (sometimes inferred) to gather full comprehension
5. Draw links on the Question Booklet between sentences to confirm your answer
Essay - 30m
How to Ace This?

1. Likely types: Expositions (argumentative, discussive), descriptive, mixed genre and narrative/recount (perhaps).
2. Read every word of every question very carefully. Do not misinterpret. There is no one-word essay!
3. For argumentative, see notes on 'Argumentative Writing' and 'Thesis Statement'
4. 'Argumentative' vs 'Discussive':
argumentative needs a stand - agree or disagree fully, to a great extent, to a certain extent, etc.
give both sides of the coin to show a well-rounded exposition (with more points for the stand you are taking)
in an argument, win back the counter-argument to emphasise your stand (if possible)
each new point should ideally start in a new paragraph
conclusion should summarise main points and restate stand (for argumentative)
5. For descriptive, describe the relevant senses like 'sight', 'sound', 'emotion', etc. Use present tense for the descriptions, except for past events.
6. For narrative / recount, recall your Sec 1-3 work
7. For mixed genre, it is merely a combination of 2 or 3 genres
8. WRITE LEGIBLY! Ensure capital letters are obvious from non-capital letters
9. Write within the word range
10. CHECK your work. It's more important to have a grammatically clean essay than one that is very long but filled with errors. Check for tense, sva, punctuation (fragments and sentence separation!), spelling, fragments, sentence separation, verb form, word form, preposition, conjunction, expression, wrong word errors, etc.
Situational - 30m
Visual Text - 5m
How to Ace this?

1. Remember that the picture and words (especially the main title) work simultaneously to give the reader a certain desired effect
2. What is the intended effect of ___ on the reader?
Answer is incomplete if '...to make the reader read more / be curious to read more'
Answer must explicitly show what the visual effect has on the reader besides to make him read
3. Sometimes, you may get a question related to the font size or colour of orientation. Answer must reflect these appropriately
4. Read details carefully to ensure accuracy
5. For questions that refer to a header and details under it, or to a header and a picture, only look at those restricted details for your answer and not somewhere else in the text
Compre Qsns - 30m
Summary - 15m
How to Ace this?

1. Read the summary question at least twice and highlight the keywords
2. Determine the main ideas that you are required to summarise. Jot down the main ideas in a simple visual form. You may use the blank paper provided
3. Determine the tense and whose point of view you are to summarise in (e.g. the text could be in the 3td person's viewpoint but the summary could be asking you to summarise in the 1st person's viewpoint)
4. Determine the lines that your summary is to be taken from and read those lines without doing anything else like highlighting, etc. Don't skip this step
5. Read those lines again, sentence by sentence. This time, highlight parts which answer the summary question ONLY. 6. Look at the visual representation you have drawn for yourself to aid you.
7. Number the points as you go along. You should get at least 10 points. It's alright if you only get eight.
11. If you do have time left (15-20 mins at least), write a draft. Use paper provided
12. You should try to paraphrase as much as possible without losing the essence of the main point, or else you will not score any marks.
13. Paraphrase verbs, adverbs, adjectives and simple nouns. Ensure the replaced words mean the same thing, or else leave the words as they were
14. Paraphrase the sentence structures, e.g. change active voice to passive voice and vice-versa, merge with combining two or more points into one sentence by using appropriate conjunctions and punctuations like comma, merge by using dependent clause, etc.
15. Count your total number of words and ensure they STRICTLY DO NOT EXCEED 80 words. If they do, read through your draft and discover how you can further summarise the text WITHOUT losing meaning and grammatical bearing. Do not ASSUME that small words like articles are UNIMPORTANT
16. Once satisfied, write your final draft for submission onto the Answer Booklet provided
How to Ace this?

1. Knowing the question type is helpful as you can draw knowledge from past experiences
2. For inferential questions, the question will contain clues like 'do you think', 'suggest', 'infer', etc.
3. For all other question types, the answers are in the text. Do not infer
4. Questions which ask you to quote, list, give evidence, show with evidence, support with details, identify, etc. should have the quotation marks. Word/s which are quoted should be taken from the text without any change
5. For the 'explain how the language is used' question, you must explain how the language used describes the main subject matter in question
6. For the 'what is unusual but effective' question, you must explain why the writer chose to describe the subject matter with (the mostly) unusual word (mostly adjective or adverb) and how the use of this (mostly) unusual word is effective
7. For the last 'evaluative' question in Section B, you must re-read the required portion of the text and extract the gist of that paragraph/s
8. Pay careful attention to the requirements of the question, like italicised words, bolded words, word, phrase, sentence, consecutive words, two words, etc.
Source from STU O Level Seminar
Source from STU O Level Seminar
Source from STU O Level Seminar
Source from STU O Level Seminar
Source from STU O Level Seminar
Source from STU O Level Seminar
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