PSLE ENGLISH

The purpose of the examination is to assess the candidates’ attainment in English Language based on the Learning Outcomes stated in the English Language Syllabus 2010: Primary & Secondary (Express / Normal [Academic]). The Learning Outcomes forms the basis for the assessment objectives listed in the following drop-down menu.

In this English Language examination, candidates will be assessed on their ability to:

In Paper 1 (Writing)
AO1 – write to suit purpose, audience and context in a way that is clear and effective
AO2 – use appropriate register and tone in a variety of texts
AO3 – generate and select relevant ideas, organising and expressing them in a coherent and cohesive manner
AO4 – use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
AO5 – use a variety of vocabulary appropriately, with clarity and precision

In Paper 2 (Language Use & Comprehension)
AO1 – demonstrate comprehension of a range of texts at the literal and inferential levels
AO2 – show understanding of implied meaning, and make judgement and evaluation, by reading and/or viewing closely and critically
AO3 – show understanding of how contextual use of lexical and grammatical items shapes meaning
AO4 – demonstrate the correct use of grammar, spelling and punctuation, and the appropriate use of vocabulary in given context

In Paper 3 (Listening Comprehension)
AO1 – demonstrate understanding of the content of a variety of spoken texts at the literal and inferential levels
AO2 – identify key messages, main ideas and details in a variety of spoken texts
AO3 – infer and draw conclusions by listening critically

In Paper 4 (Oral Communication)
AO1 – read with good pronunciation, clear articulation and appropriate intonation in order to convey the information, ideas and feelings in a passage
AO2 – produce a well-paced, fluent reading of a passage
AO3 – express their personal opinions, ideas and experiences clearly and effectively in conversing with the examiner
AO4 – speak fluently and with grammatical accuracy, using a range of appropriate vocabulary and structures

Candidates will be assessed in the following areas:

In Paper 1 (Writing)
Component
o Situational Writing (Open-Ended Questions) – 15 Marks (1 Item)
o Continuous Writing (Open-Ended Questions) – 40 Marks (1 Item)
Weighting
o 27.5%
Duration
o 1 hr 10 mins

In Paper 2 (Language Use & Comprehension)
Component
o BOOKLET A:
►  Grammar (Multiple-choice questions) – 10 Marks (10 Items)
►  Vocabulary (Multiple-choice questions) – 5 Marks (5 Items)
►  Vocabulary Cloze (Multiple-choice questions) – 5 Marks (5 Items)
►  Visual Text Comprehension (Multiple-choice questions) – 8 Marks (8 Items)

o   BOOKLET B:
►  Grammar Cloze (Open-Ended Questions) – 10 Marks (10 Items)
►  Editing for Spelling and Grammar (Open-Ended Questions) – 12 Marks (12 Items
►  Comprehension Cloze (Open-Ended Questions) – 15 Marks (15 Items)
►  Synthesis / Transformation (Open-Ended Questions) – 10 Marks (5 Items)
►  Comprehension (Open-Ended Questions) – 20 Marks (10 Items)

Weighting
o 47.5%
Duration
o 1 h 50 mins

In Paper 3 (Listening Comprehension)
Component
Listening Comprehension (Multiple-choice questions) – 20 Marks (20 Items)
Weighting
o 10%
Duration
o About 35 mins

In Paper 4 (Oral Communication)
Component
o Reading Aloud (Open-Ended Questions) – 10 Marks (1 Passage)
o Stimulus-based Conversation (Open-Ended Questions) – 20 Marks (1 Visual Stimulus)
Weighting
o 15%
Duration
About 10 min (5 min preparation time; about 5 min examination time)

In Paper 1 (Writing)
Part 1 (Situational Writing):
Candidates will be required to write a short functional piece (e.g. letter, email, report) to suit the purpose, audience and context of a given situation.

Part 2 (Continuous Writing):
Candidates will be required to write a composition of at least 150 words in continuous prose on a given topic. Three pictures will be provided on the topic offering different angles of interpretation. Candidates may also come up with their own interpretation of the topic.

In Paper 2 (Language Use & Comprehension)
Candidates will be assessed on their ability to use language correctly and to comprehend visual and textual information.

In Paper 3 (Listening Comprehension)
This paper comprises 20 multiple-choice questions which test candidates’ ability to understand spoken English. The texts may be in the form of news items, announcements, advertisements, instructions, explanations, conversations, speeches and stories. Graphic representations will be used for the first seven items. Each text will be read twice. Time will be given for candidates to read the questions before the first reading of each text.

In Paper 4 (Oral Communication)
For Reading Aloud, candidates are assessed on their ability to pronounce and articulate words clearly, as well as their ability to read fluently with appropriate expression and rhythm. For Stimulus-based Conversation, candidates are assessed on their ability to give a personal response to a visual stimulus and engage in a conversation on a relevant topic.

 

 

View the full PSLE English Syllabus here.