Section
A: Question 1 – Error Correction 

Students will be asked to identify the errors, underline them and fill
the correct answers in the blanks provided. Each line will consist of only one error.
It will be tested solely on grammar.
For example: tenses, subject verb agreement,
adverb, preposition, article (no spelling or punctuation error).                                                         

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Marking scheme:

2 marks will be awarded when an error identified
is underlined and corrected. 1 mark will
be awarded when the error identified is underlined but wrongly corrected.
No marks will be awarded when error identified
is not underlined but corrected. Therefore,
it is important to remind students that it is compulsory to underline the
errors. The total marks for this section
is 10 marks. However, when looking back at the marking scheme, 1 mark is
awarded for identifying error and 1 mark is awarded for correcting the error.
There are total of 10 questions, hence making it 20 marks altogether. For the
calculation, add up the number of the correct answers and divide it by 2. That
is the total marks a student will get for this section. For example, the student scores a total of 14 marks.
Then, you take 14 divided by 2 and you will get 7 out of 10 marks for this
section. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section B: Question 2 – Limited
Response (Information Transfer)

 

 
Students will be given a passage, they will need
to read and transfer the information into the graphic organiser given.

Marking scheme:
1 mark is given for every right answer. Students
are not allowed to paraphrase the answers. They need to transfer the
information required from the text to the graphic organiser. For example,
if the phrase that the student is supposed to
transfer is ‘gain knowledge’ but the student wrote, ‘get knowledge’ then this
is acceptable because it is a minor grammatical error. However, if the phrase that the student is supposed to
transfer is ‘do well in school’ but the student wrote, ‘score good marks in
exam’ then this is wrong because it has been paraphrased. When students change
the grammatical structure of the phrase such as a singular and plural or
article mistake then it is still acceptable.

Section B: Question 3 – Non- Linear Text
Comprehension

 

 
The first part is TRUE or FALSE questions. Additionally,
if students still insist in writing T or F or give a ‘tick’
symbol and an ‘X’ as their answers at the end of the day, it is still
acceptable. However, when the students’
answer is ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, then it is unacceptable. After this, there will be questions which require
students to write the answers. The answers do not need to be in a complete
sentence. As long as the key words are there, marks will be awarded. Next, students have to find the phrases from the passage
to match the meanings given. For this
part, marks will still be awarded although minor grammatical errors are made as
long as meanings are not distorted. For
example, if the students’ answer is ‘a bird eye view’ for the question ‘an
overall sight from a high angle’ it can be accepted although it should have
been ‘a bird’s eye view’.

 
For the final question for this section, students
will need to write a short response in which the sample given is to write a
postcard. Students should not lift the
answers from text directly although the points may be available on the text as
this will pull their marks down. Marks for this question are given according to
the descriptors.

      

Section C:
Question 4 – Linear Text – Comprehension Passage 

 

 

The question is marked is similar to Section B-Question 3 except for question
(c) as only the first two answers will be given mark if the students give three
answers. Each correct answer is worth 1 mark.

 

 

 

Section C: Question 5 – Literature

Only form 1 to form 3 poems will be tested in this section.

Marking scheme: 
The way this section is marked is still the same as section B-Question 3 and
Question 4. Only last question where they usually ask for students’ opinions is
to be highlighted as it is a higher order thinking skills question. If students
answer this final question with Yes and followed by an acceptable reason then
the students will get 2 marks. When students just give an acceptable reason
without answering the first question or vice versa only 1 mark is awarded. Lastly, if
students answer yes without any reason then no mark is given.

Section D: Question 6 – Guided Writing

 

In this section, students are required to write an essay between 120 to 150 words. 
 Clues or guide to write this essay will
be given.

Section D: Question 7 – Novel

For this section, students are required to write 4 paragraphs depending on the question
based on a novel that the students have read.

Marking scheme:

Students should write the answer in 4 paragraphs. The first paragraph is for
the introduction. The second and third paragraph are for the first point with
supporting details and second point with supporting details respectively. The
fourth paragraph is for the conclusion. This section will be assessed based on reading
skills, thinking skills and language skills. For reading skills, students have
to understand the rubric and fulfil the requirements of the writing task. Next,
thinking skills require student to reflect in depth and show maturity of
thinking by giving ideas, reasons and supporting them with appropriate
examples. Then, language skills is how language used is appropriate to provide
correct tone, form and content as required by the task. Accuracy of the
language is also being assessed.

Marking Criteria for Questions 6 and 7

Listening Test

The listening test comprises of two sections. Section A is made of 10 multiple
choice questions (objective) while section B is made of 10 limited response
questions (subjective). The duration of this test is 30 minutes where 15
minutes are allocated for each section.