Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sec 1 Language Arts Common Test Assessment Components


Sec 1 Language Arts Common Test Assessment Components:

Paper 1 Writing [70 marks]

Duration of Paper 1: 1 hour 50 minutes 

This paper is divided into three sections.

Section A: Editing [10 marks] - In a given text of continuous prose of not more than 250 words, candidates identify and then edit grammatical errors by writing the corrections in the spaces provided. Errors in punctuation and spelling will not be tested in this section.

Section B: Situational Writing [30 marks] - Candidates write a text of 250–300 words based on a given situation which will involve viewing a visual text. Candidates are required to write the text (an informal letter) to suit the purpose, audience and context.

Section C: Continuous Writing [30 marks] - Candidates choose one out of four topics to write a text of 250–350 words in continuous prose. The topics set may cover different types of narrative texts (e.g. a story, a personal recount or reflective writing).

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Paper 2 Comprehension [50 marks]

Duration of Paper 2: 1 hour 50 minutes

This paper is divided into three sections. 

Section A [5 marks] - This section contains Text 1 which will include visuals. Based on the visual text, candidates are required to answer a variety of questions testing comprehension, and on the use of visuals as well as the use of language for impact.

Section B [20 marks] - This section contains Text 2, which is narrative in nature, based on which candidates are to answer questions testing comprehension, vocabulary in context and the use of language for impact. 

Section C [25 marks] - This section contains Text 3, which is an extract from Animal Farm, based on which candidates are required to answer questions testing characters analysis and themes, comprehension and the use of language for impact.

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