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P6 Briefing

PSLE Format

Paper Description Components Marks Weightage Duration (minutes) 1 Writing Situational Continuous 2 Language Use & Comprehension Listening Comprehension Oral Communication MCQ/S&T Cloze/Editing Comprehension 6-7 passages 20 MCQ Reading

Picture Discussion

15 40 95












Conversation Total 200 100%

Paper 1 (Writing)

Situational Writing · Writing a report, email, formal or informal letters, notes, notices etc Continuous Writing · Choice of Picture or Situation

Paper 1 (Writing)

· Planning, Organisation & Coherence · Sequencing of ideas and development of plot · Pitfalls : far-fetched ideas, contradiction, gaps · Grammar : use of correct tenses * Punctuation - direct speech, proper nouns, * Vocabulary and expressions

Paper 1 (Writing)

Tips for parents 1. Get your son to help you draft emails, write letters, take notes, make notices etc 2. Read plenty of good narratives with your son 3. Discuss and talk about the story development 4. Identify the 5Ws and 1H in these narratives

Paper 2

(Language Use & Comprehension)

BOOKLET A Graphic Stimulus (Comprehension) Grammar Punctuation Vocabulary Vocabulary Cloze Comprehension (MCQ) BOOKLET B Grammar Cloze Editing for Spelling and Grammar Comprehension Cloze Synthesis and Transformation Comprehension OE

Graphic Stimulus

1. Read carefully and unhurriedly 2. Check for understanding (by logical selfquestioning) Tips for parents 1. Get your son to read a variety of authentic material like brochures and flyers 2. Get him involved (Plan a holiday, order meals etc.)

Grammar MCQ

1. Know grammar rules by heart 2. Be aware of grammar rules being tested Tips for parents 1. Get your son to go through the Grammar Reference Book systematically


1. Know the differences between different punctuation marks well 2. Know and memorise punctuation usage rules by heart Tips for parents 1. Refer to the punctuation handout that will be given by the school and quiz your son on the usage of the different punctuation marks

Vocabulary MCQ / Cloze

1. Always refer to the dictionary for definitions when you encounter unknown words 2. Check the thesaurus for synonyms and antonyms to expand your word range 3. If you really don't know the word, make an intelligent guess based on your understanding of the sentence Tips for parents 1. Ensure that the home has a good dictionary and a good thesaurus 2. Ask your son to share new words (and their meanings) encountered every day

Grammar/Comprehension Cloze

1. Read carefully and unhurriedly 2. Look out for contextual clues that come up in the different parts of the passage 3. Make sure answers are grammatically accurate Tips for parents 1. Expose your son to various text types so as to enhance familiarity with particular uses of language, figures of speech and expressions


1. Read widely to expand your word bank 2. Pause to look at / memorise the spelling of difficult words when you are doing your revision Tips for parents 1. Test your son regularly on the list of commonly misspelled words given by the school

Synthesis & Transformation

1. Practice, practice, practice (especially in transforming sentences - reported speech, active to passive voice) Tips for parents 1. Get your son to go through the Longman S&T Book systematically


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Read carefully and unhurriedly Read for understanding, not just for enjoyment (Remember your purpose!) Using contextual clues to make sense of text Inference & Prediction Looking out for cause and effect relationships Apply vocabulary skills for vocabulary items Questioning Technique (5Ws, 1H) Accessing prior knowledge


Tips for parents Check and remind your son to answer in complete sentences! Question: Why was Mary late for school? Because she woke up late (x) She woke up late () Mary was late for school because she woke up late ( but repeating the stem is not necessary)

Paper 3 (Listening)

· 6 text types (instruction, exposition, explanation, narrative, recount, information) · Examples - dialogues, announcements, news broadcast, advertisements etc. · Passages (6 to 7) will be read twice · 20 Multiple-choice questions · Some questions may involve some form of visual sequencing and matching Tips for parents 1. Give your son a simple quiz after watching the news, drama series, television commercial etc. to check for understanding

Paper 4 (Oral)

· Reading Aloud

­ Pronunciation, Rhythm & Fluency, Expressiveness

· Picture Discussion


· Conversation

­ Topic given usually relates to the picture ­ Personal Response, Clarity, Engagement

Parents' Support

· Remind son/ward to:

­ be attentive in class ­ complete practice papers with due diligence

· Demand accuracy of language at home · Exposure to good models · Help them achieve an optimal balance between work and play · Encourage and aim high


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