Wednesday, July 04, 2012


Revision Q1

These are the terms/keywords/clues that you should know when attempting Q1 800/4 (Writing) paper :
  1. Introduction
  2. Overview / Trend
  3. Synthesis
  4. Analysis
  5. Conclusion

Study the following charts. Using only the information given, write about co curricular activities in Sekolah Menengah Seri Gemilang. In your writing, integrate the data presented in both charts. You should write 150 to 200 words.

How much could you know from this part of the question alone?
You have to study both the charts. Why? You need to compare the data given in both charts. This is called synthesizing. How? Look at the numbers. It helps to write the number on each bar of the graph so that you will not misread it. Compare the differences and similarities.Try to work out a pattern between both charts.
When it says 'using only the information given..' pay attention to the word 'ONLY'. It means you are NOT supposed to include any other information whatsoever in your answer. No, do not elaborate! NO! If it's not given in the stimuli, it's not supposed to be in your response.
Pay attention to what comes after 'write about...'. Usually (not always), this is where you can get the title for your response. So, for this question, your response should have 'CO CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN SEKOLAH MENENGAH SERI GEMILANG' as the title. Yes, you are encouraged to use all capital letters for the title.
Integrate the data. Compare the data from both charts! See no. 1. It is important to synthesize the information given because basically that's the whole point of assessing your language skills using Question 1.
Word limit. No, it is not a mere warning. Your response only matters up to the 200th word and that is it. Logically, if you stick to the rule (see no.2) - that is not to elaborate or include any irrelevancies - you should get around 150 to 200 words only. Proper nouns are counted as one.
Spend the first few minutes from the suggested 40 minutes to be spent on Question 1 to analyse the question.
After all, remember, you are being assessed on both task fulfillment AND language.
It's important to understand the task first before you could go on and prepare an outline of your response.
Seriously, if I asked you to get a cup of tea and you get me a cup of coffee, you fail the task. It doesn't even matter even if the coffee you brought is the best in the world or in the finest porcelain cup. You get the idea.

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