Sunday, 18 May 2014

PT3 NEW EXAM FORMAT 2014(ENGLISH)

This is my latest update on the "Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3) examination.This information is directly from the "Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia (moe.gov.my) website.









Time/Date  For PT3 English Examination


6-9 August 2014 - Speaking Test

13 August 2014  - Listening Test

12 - 17 October 2014 - Written Test

Link for the actual time-table - http://web.moe.gov.my/lp/


Latest (PT3) English Exam Format
Section A           - 10 marks [ Error Identification]

Section B       (i) - 10 marks  [ short passage ]
                      (ii) - 10 marks [ short passage ]
                     (iii) - 10 marks [ short message - 50 words]

Section C      (i)   - 15 marks  [ Passage]
                     (ii)   -  5 marks   [Poem ]

Section D      (i)  - 30 marks [ Essay - 120-150 words ]
                     (ii)  - 10 marks [ Novel ]
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Total                100 marks
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Section A      - 15 minutes - [10marks]
Section B      - 40 minutes - [30marks]
Section C      - 20 minutes - [20marks]
Section D      - 45 minutes - [40marks]


Free sample paper -www.moe.gov.my/cms/upload_files/articlefile/2014/articlefile_file_003461.pdf


*This is just a sample draft from the kementerian. The school still has the right to modify or to set the final examination paper.All the best from me to all the PT3 students 2014.....

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

PMR SUMMARY WRITING TIPS

What you need to do.....
 
  1. Read the question carefully.My suggestion- at least twice.
  2. Identify the key element [noun] in the question.
  3. Underline the focus [question requirement] of the question.
  4. Identify the facts / points and underline them.
  5. List down the points on a piece of paper.
  6. Count the number of words.
  7. Make sure you know the words [people / places ] which are counted as one word.
  8. Leave out long examples / explanations.
  9. Write the summary using your own words as much as you can.
  10. Do not change the meaning.
  11. Use the same tense used in the passage.
  12. Try to use connectors / transitional words for coherence.
  13. Begin your summary with the 10 given words at the bottom.
  14. Write your summary in one paragraph.
  15. Write your summary in 60 words. 
  16. Write the number of words at the end of your summary. [ bottom right hand ]
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SAMPLE QUESTION

For most people, vinegar is what gives a bowl noodles that extra kick.The sour,fermented liquid apparently has health benefits.These days, it is being sold as a health supplement. It is a natural remedy for illnesses such as fatigue (C1). Vinegar is also taken to reduce cholesterol (C2).

Pakcaged in bottles as well as handy drink cartons,vinegars are sold in supermarkets,stores and health food shops.People drink vinegar in its raw form, straight out of the bottle in spoonfuls.Some dilute it with water to make a cold or warm drink.Some think vinegar even helps to reduce weight (C3).
 
Flavours in the market include brown rice and glutinous rice as well as fruity variants such as apple and mango. Each type of vinegar serves different functions.Apple vinegar is believed to dissolve unwanted fats (C4) and convert fats into energy(C5).Studies suggest that vinegar provides protective benefits in treating diabetes (C6) and heart disease(C7).Many believe that taking vinegar drinks also helps in digestion(C8).

Vinegar has been around longer than pills and drugs and is one of the earliest natural remedies.

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Question :- Write a summary on the benefits of taking vinegar.
 
Begin your summary as follows :-
 
Vinegar is regarded a health supplement and it is taken....
 
 
Step1 - Look for points in the passage :-
 
  • Read the question carefully and look at the focus of the question. For instance, the focus in this question is 'BENEFITS'
  • Benefits is in the plural form.Therefore, there are more than one benefit in the passage.
  • In the passage look for words which has similar meaning to the word 'BENEFITS' such as help,provides,taken,believed,aid,gain,profit etc.
  • The noun is 'Vinegar'
  • The pronoun for 'Vinegar' is 'It'
  • Tense used in the passage is 'Present Tense'.
 
Step 2- Arrange The Points From The Passage :-
 
  1. natural remedy for illness such as fatigue.(C1)
  2. is taken to reduce cholesterol.(C2)
  3. helps to reduce weight.(C3)
  4. believed to dissolve unwanted fats.(C4)
  5. and convert fats into energy.(C5)
  6. provides protective benefits in treating diabetes.(C6)
  7. provides protective benefits in treating heart disease.(C7)
  8. helps in digestion.(C8)
 
Step 3 - Writing The Summary:-
 
Vinegar is regarded a health supplement and it is taken as a natural remedy for illness.Not only it has the benefit to reduce cholesterol but also to reduce weight.Moreover,it is believed to dissolve unwanted fats thus converting them into energy.In addition, it helps in treating diabetes and heart disease.Finally, it aids in digestion.
 
                                                                                                                                     ( 55 words )

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

SPM EXAM TIPS -2013

First of all, I would like to wish all the best to students who will be sitting for their SPM Examination this year. In this post, I have listed some tips which might be helpful to you. Be reminded that these are only tips and I do not guarantee that any of these tips would come out or be asked in the actual examination.
 
 
Past Year Directed Writing Questions
 
  1. 2005 - Informal Letter
  2. 2006 - Informal Letter
  3. 2007 - Talk
  4. 2008 - Article
  5. 2009 - Report
  6. 2010 - Informal Letter
  7. 2011 - Talk
  8. 2012 - Informal Letter
 
What might come out for Directed Writing- 2013
 
  1. Report - to the school headmaster
  2. Article
  3. Formal Letter - Letter of Complaint -( eg: rubbish not collected - write a letter to the officer in-charge)
 
Literature Component [ Poems ] 
 
  1. Are You Still Playing Your Flute
  2. He Had Such Quiet Eyes
 

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Literature Component [ Novel ]
 
  1. Character [ Main Character / Supporting Character ]

     - Obstacles the character(s) faced.....
     - Brave
     - Caring/Compasionate/Loving/Understanding
     - Responsible/Responsibility

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

PMR EXAM TIPS-2013

First of all, I would like to wish all the best to students who will be sitting for their PMR Examination this year. In this post, I have listed some tips which might be helpful for your PMR English paper. Be reminded that these are only tips and I do not guarantee that any of these tips would come out or be asked in the actual examination.
 

Past Year Essay Questions
 
2005 - Description of an event
 
2006 - Informal Letter
 
2007 - Story - [ Bad experience ]

2008 - Speech - [ Safety measures in school ]
 
2009 - Article - [ Visiting old folks home ]
 
2010 - Story - [ Good Idea ]
 
2011- Picture - [ Write an essay on 'Where would you like to go for a holiday' ]
 
2012 - Speech - [ Prize Giving Day ]
 
 
* What could be asked this year....?
 
*Informal Letter
*Report
*Article
*Description of .....
 
 
Literature Component.... [ Write roughly from 50-100 words]
 
2011 - Describe an event that makes you feel unhappy.
 
2012 - Write the main theme.
 
 
*What could be asked this year.....?
 
*Something about character
*Moral values
*Settings

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

HE HAD SUCH QUIET EYES - STANZA 3


Third Stanza
 
Now here’s a bit of advice
Be sure that nice really means nice
Then you’ll never be losing at dice
Though you may lose your heart once or twice
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The third stanza is about advice[ Now here’s a bit of advice ]. We can see encouragement and hope.

           One must be careful when comes to choosing a friend or a life partner. One needs to make sure that her partner is sincere and true to his feelings [ Be sure that nice really means nice ] and not a person who is only interested in worldly pleasures.

If one can find such a person then her life would be blissful [ Then you’ll never be losing at dice ] even though she might get heartbroken [ Though you may lose your heart once or twice ] in the process.
 
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*         In the third stanza, the poet gives an advice for all those who want to make friends or find life partners. One must be careful when choosing friends or a life partner. Make sure he/she is sincere and truthful in his/her relationship. If one can find such a sincere and truthful person then his/her friendship or relationship will surely be a happy and meaningful one. There’s also a bit of encouragement and hope in this stanza which states that in the process of finding a true friend or life partner, one can be heartbroken but if he/she keeps on looking, finally he/she will find the one they’ve been looking for.