In the previous article, we talked about how critical it is for students to know their exam formats. Knowing what will be tested is the most important information students need to have before charging into the examination hall.

So what exactly do students need to know for O-Level English?

For a start, students will not be tested on spelling for the Editing component in Paper 1. They will only be expected to rectify grammatical errors in the Editing component. Also in Paper 1, they should also use a structured expository essay format when answering persuasive and argumentative Continuous Writing questions.

For Paper 2, students must be aware of the 2023 changes to the Visual Text Comprehension – and be able to differentiate between the information presented in the two texts for Section A. They must also be able to use the correct answering technique for comprehension questions for the Narrative and Non-narrative Comprehension sections.

For Paper 3, which is Listening Comprehension students need to be familiar with Part 3 and Part 4, where they have to write down what the speaker says for their answers.

And for Paper 4, Oral Communication, students need to prepare a speech of up to 2 minutes – a significant change from previous years. This require students to be able to think on their feet and compose arguments on the fly, while demonstrating fluency in verbal communication. This is an immensely challenging task even for adults, let alone O-Level candidates. To do well, students to undertake training under capable teachers.

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