PMR ENGLISH PAPERS ANSWERING TECHNIQUES

BY NURULHANA HUSSAIN 2008

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‡ Step 1: Have a dream worth failing for ‡ Step 2: View success as something you fail into, not fall into. ‡ Step 3: Learn to fail in the right places ‡ Step 4: Learn to see the good in every failure ‡ Step 5: Jump!

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for checking.10 minutes ‡ Section C: Idiomatic Expressions ² 6 MCQs 6 marks .PAPER 1 ± 60 minutes ‡ Section A: Graphics ² 10 MCQs 10 marks .10 minutes ‡ Section B: Rational Cloze ² 8 MCQs 8 marks . .10 minutes ‡ Section D: Reading Comprehension ²10 MCQs 10 marks .10 minutes The remaining 10 minutes .10 minutes ‡ Section E: Poem and Short Story ² 6 MCQs 6 marks .

PAPER 2 -.check for errors .1 hour 30 minutes ‡ Section A : Guided Writing 30 marks ± 35 minutes ‡ Section B : Summary Writing 10 marks ± 25 minutes ‡ Section C : Novel (Literature) 10 marks ± 20 minutes TOTAL MARKS: 50 The remaining 10 minutes .

3. 7. 4. INFORMAL LETTER FORMAL LETTER REPORT DIALOGUE TALK / SPEECH ARTICLE STORY / PICTURE SERIES OPINION-BASED ESSAY .FORMAT OF ESSAYS IN GUIDED WRITING 1. 8. 5. 2. 6.

Analysis of past years questions ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Informal letter & picture series Giving opinion & newspaper article Newspaper article & report for magazine Giving opinion & description of robbery Speech & Article Report on National Day Celebration Letter to uncle Story (picture series & note expansion) Speech ± µSafety Measures in School¶ .

Use the rubrics in their given form. Write a speech / Write an article 2. Describe what happened. Understand the rubrics / task given e. Imagine you are one of the people in the picture. g.TIPS IN WRITING ESSAYS 1. Study the pictures carefully. e. a. Shopping ± many people ± curiouscrowd ± watching ± snake charmer ± saw ± pick pocket ± wallet - . b. g.

4. On the contrary. To add to point . In contrast. As a result. Besides.In addition. examples) 5. (Main point. elaboration. Similarly. However. Always write in paragraphs to organize your ideas.On the other hand. . To show difference . Use all the notes given in the question. Despite.TIPS IN WRITING ESSAYS 3.g. e. Use linkers to correlate one paragraph to the other.

b. Report ± must have title and the name of the person who wrote the report at the bottom. c. Article ± must have title and appear formal e.TIPS IN WRITING ESSAYS 6. Giving opinion ± must make sure to state your opinion at the beginning of the essay. greetings to the audience. formal / informal letter ± know where the address and signature should be. . end with thank you. Use the correct format a. d. Talk / speech ± must have title.

TIPS IN WRITING ESSAYS 7. * Are you convinced with the writer¶s point of view? * Are you interested to read the essay until the end? * Are you satisfied with the information presented in the essay? * Could you predict the ending of the story? . Always put yourself in the place of the reader.

Task partially fulfilled. adequately 7-12 organised but lacks details. Ideas lack cohesion.well developed and well organised. Ideas less developed and lacks organisation.CRITERIA FOR MARKING GUIDED WRITING IMPRESSION MARKING Band Excellent Marks Descriptors 25-30 Task fulfilled. High density of errors. Ideas and details developed and organised. Ideas developed. Task hardly fulfilled. Ideas. Interest is aroused but not sustained Credit Achievement 13-18 Task fulfilled. Weak Very Weak 1-6 . Interest is aroused and sustained. 19-24 Task fulfilled.

. 3. 2.TIPS ON SUMMARIZING A TEXT 1. furthermore.. Remember that you should merely shorten the text. Combine the points using sequence / logical connectors (besides. Write in grids / boxes 6. Understand what the question wants you to summarize. 4. therefore. Do not include your own opinion. Find 5 main points from top to bottom and lift them from the text.) 5. Make sure the points answer what the question wants.

. including the 10 words given below.. ‡ be in continuous writing (not note form) ‡ be written in one paragraph Use your own words as far as possible without changing its original meaning. Begin your summary as follows: Andrew visited Malaysia and he was impressed with Malaysia because«.Summary Write a summary on why Andrew¶s visit to Malaysia was a memorable one. Your summary must: ‡ not be more than 60 words.Sample Question .

Text for Summary Writing.PMR 2007 Dear Editor. I travelled around the country. I took a taxi to Kuala Lumpur city. Over the next few weeks. The taxi driver greeted me with a warm smile and showed me to his taxi. He was also kind enough to recommend places of interest that I should visit in your country. Pulau Redang and Genting Highlands. Pulau Langkawi. just to name a few. I am writing this letter to express my appreciation to all Malaysians who had made my visit to Malaysia a meaningful one. I had the opportunity to be with the locals and also enjoy homecooked dishes. In Langkawi. I visited Melaka. Upon reaching Kuala Lumpur International Airport. I was truly touched by their friendliness and .

It was a wonderful experience! What I found unique about Malaysia is the way people of different races and religions live peacefully as one. Let me say µterima kasih¶ to all those who have made my stay a memorable one. This is what Malaysia should highlight to the rest of the world. the way everyone came together is an excellent example of tolerance and understanding.hospitality. Andrew Jacob . I noticed this from the way Malaysians celebrated their National Day. I will definitely come again and I would also promote Malaysia to all my friends back in England. Clearly.

Andrew visited Malaysia and Malaysia because he was impressed with .

MARKING SCHEME FOR SUMMARY ‡ CONTENT .5 MARKS TOTAL = 10 MARKS BAND Excellent Credit Achievement MARKS DESCRIPTORS 5 4 3 2 1 Marked ability to use own words. Attempt to use own words. No lifting. Weak Very weak . Able to use own words. Total lifting. Almost no lifting. Wholesale lifting.5 MARKS ‡ LANGUAGE . Irrelevant details. Intelligent lifting No attempt to use own words.

2007 Write about two characters who work together to obtain success.ANALYSIS OF PAST YEARS QUESTIONS YEAR QUESTION_________________ 2002 Write about a character that you think is brave. 2005 Write on one of the moral values ± honesty/ responsibility. . 2006 Explain why you like/dislike the ending of the story. 2008 Write about an incident that you think important. 2004 Write about one of the themes you learned in the novel. 2003 Write about an interesting incident from the novel you have learnt.

E.TIPS ON ANSWERING NOVEL QUESTIONS USE THIS FORMULA .ELABORATE ON THE ANSWERS. J. E . I . J . .IDENTIFY WHAT THE QUESTION WANTS.JUSTIFY THE ELABORATION BY GIVING TEXTUAL EVIDENCE FROM THE NOVEL.I.

Identify Elaborate ± Justify - . Give evidence to support your answer.Sample Questions ± Write about an incident that changes the life of a character in the story.

Minor errors. Ideas and details developed. Task not fulfilled. Errors hamper reading. Ideas and details well developed.10 7-8 5-6 3-4 1-2 DESCRIPTORS Task fulfilled. Task partially fulfilled. Mere narration. Minimal textual support. Credit Achievement Weak Very Weak . Major and minor errors.MARKING CRITERIA FOR NOVEL BAND Excellent MARKS 9 . organised and supported with evidence from text. well organised with evidence from text. Ideas less developed. Task fulfilled. Task fulfilled. Ideas and details sufficiently developed with some evidence from the text. Numerous errors.

Revise all the necessary formats. Pray! 6. Apologize to your parents & teachers 7. 5. Do your best! . 4. Do exercises ± sample tests ± a lot! 2. 3. Focus on your weak areas. Utilize your teachers and friends.LAST MINUTE STRATEGIES 1.

‡ PRACTICE is the key word.REMEMBER! There is no easy way to learn a language. ‡ PRACTICE speaking ‡ PRACTICE listening ‡ PRACTICE reading ‡ PRACTICE writing ‡ PRACTICE thinking ‡ PRACTICE dreaming .

USEFUL STUDY TIPS SQ3R ‡ SURVEY ‡ QUESTION ‡ READ ‡ RECITE ‡ REVIEW .

SQ3R ‡ SURVEY How do I feel about the topic? ‡ QUESTION Predict. ‡ REVIEW Recall and summarize . you don¶t understand it.what would I learn from this topic? ‡ READ Confirm the prediction ‡ RECITE If you can¶t paraphrase it.

TRUST YOUR FIRST ANSWER IF YOU ARE UNSURE ‡ CHECK FOR ERRORS ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ .EXAM DAY BE CALM / RECITE YOUR PRAYER READ THE QUESTIONS CAREFULLY UNDERSTAND YOUR TASK HIGHLIGHT / UNDERLINE KEYWORDS BE ALERT WITH THE TIME UTILIZE ALL THE TIME GIVEN UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE ‡ FOR MCQ.

REMEMBER AN µA¶ STUDENT WILL BE ABLE TO UTILIZE ALL THE TIME GIVEN TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS FROM THE FIRST SECOND UNTIL THE LAST SECOND. .

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ALL THE BEST! µA¶ FOR ENGLISH .

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL .

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