Sunday, 18 May 2014


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

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 ]
Total                100 marks

Section A      - 15 minutes - [10marks]
Section B      - 40 minutes - [30marks]
Section C      - 20 minutes - [20marks]
Section D      - 45 minutes - [40marks]

Free sample paper

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014


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 ]


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.


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.
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013


Sample Question : Your brother spends too much time on the Internet and has done badly in his PMR Trial Examination.Your mother has asked you to write a letter advising him how to divide his time wisely.
  • Stay Up Late - Chat -Internet
  • Too Much - Time - Online games
  • Have A Timetable - Study - Surf Internet
  • Use Internet - Gain Knowledge

When writing your letter,
  • You may use the words and phrases given above.
  • Elaborate on your writing to make it more interesting.
  • You may add other relevant information.
  • Make sure it is not less than 120 words.

How to answer this question

  • Use the 6W 1H method
  • Read the question carefully
  • Use the information given in the question to write your opening.
  • Use all the points given.
  • Don't forget to add your own point(s).
  • Write at least 200-250 words as time permits.
[Simple Style Essay Sample]

322C,Taman Danau Maluri
53300 Kuala Lumpur.

20 August 2013. 

Dear Vince,

   How are you? I hope you are fine. Please send my regards to father and mother. I miss you all dearly. I heard that you did not do well in your recent PMR Trial Examination. Mother phoned me a few days ago and told me about it. Father and mother are really worried about you spending too much time on the Internet. So, I am writing this letter to give you some tips on how to divide your time wisely.

   First of all, young man, don't stay up late.Don't burn your midnight oil chatting on the Internet. Go to bed early. Our body needs at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep everyday.Enough sleep will enable your mind to stay sharp and productive the next day.Therefore, instead of sleeping around 1 to 2 a.m. in the morning, call it a night around 10 p.m.

   Next, don't spend too much time playing online games. There is nothing wrong in playing online games but when it affects your studies then you should put a brake to it.My advice is leave all your online gaming activities until you have finished your PMR Examination. Focus on your studies first, you can continue playing once you have finished your examination.

   Draft out a study timetable to help you manage your time wisely. On the timetable allocate one to two hours to surf the Internet. Now, remember, the Internet contains a lot of  useful information for everyone. It can be used to gain knowledge and to sift through  for information useful for your PMR Examination. 

   Finally, join some outdoor physical activities rather than just being holed up in the house in front of your computer the whole day. Go cycling or walking around the park. Play football or badminton with your friends in the evenings. Physical activities help keep your body and mind healthy. You need a healthy body and mind to do well in your PMR Examination.

   I wish I could write more but I have to stop here for now. I  have to prepare for my next week's final term semester examination. I hope you will take my advice and mend your ways. I wish you all the best in your PMR Examination. Hugs and kisses.

Your loving sister,
 Bernice Gabriel.

(The sample essay above is roughly more than 350 words and I have used 5 idioms in the essay)

  1. Burn Your Midnight Oil - doing something(working) for very long hours.
  2. Call it a night - to end (stop) what one is doing at night.
  3. Put a brake to it - to stop an activity.
  4. Sift through - to remove something from something.
  5. Holed up - hide and wait / just staying put in a place.