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The Complete Guide to PSLE Chinese in Singapore

Due to Singapore’s bilingual education policy, the Chinese language remains as a subject in schools in Singapore. In a country where English is widely spoken,there is no doubt that many young children and students in Singapore are struggling with learning Chinese. Some students even feel stressed when they have to sit for Chinese paper during Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). PSLE is an essential examination that decides eligibility of students for the next educational level in Singapore. Therefore, while many students are facing difficulties in mastering the Chinese language, they are ‘forced’ to excel in the exam, causing distress in the classroom and family. The good news is – this can be avoided with sufficient preparation! If you are a parent worried about your child or students preparing for PSLE Chinese, keep reading this guide to PSLE Chinese.
PSLE Chinese Paper Format
1. PSLE Chinese Paper 1: Composition Writing

PSLE Chinese Paper 1 is a single component of composition writing and it covers weightage of 20% in PSLE Chinese paper that awarded with 40 marks. In this paper, students may go to for either scenario-based essay or picture essay with more than 100 words. It needs to be completed within the duration of 50 minutes.

  1. a. Scenario-based essay is a question that is given with theme or titles, and students need to come up with their own ideas and compose a narrative. Students will be given single prompts on what to write about.
  2. b. While a picture essay is about brainstorming on developing logical yet creative storylines by deciphering five given pictures in the question.

2. PSLE Chinese Paper 2: Language Use & Comprehension
PSLE Chinese paper 2 is 1 hour 40 minutes long and the paper is consist of combination of multiple-choice questions (MCQ) and open-ended questions that assess analytical and comprehensive understanding of Chinese texts. The paper is divided into 2 sections, namely section A and B.

  1. a. Section A comprises a total of 25 questions which students will be given four options that require them to derive answer based on simple language application and contextual understanding of two passages.
  2. b. While Section B is split into two parts: complete the dialogue and comprehension. Students need to demonstrate their knowledge to formulate their answers in terms of the right grammatical pieces and vocabulary.

3. PSLE Chinese Paper 3: Oral Communication and Listening Comprehension
PSLE Chinese Paper 3 is to test students’ contextual understanding, articulation of speech and ability to express themselves in the language. The paper is 30 minutes long.

  1. a. Listening comprehension is a fully MCQ assessment where students would need to identify, inder and summarize the information read out to them. The key to this assessment is to see whether students are able to catch up with the information and answer the questions correctly.
  2. b. Oral communication has two parts, which are passage reading and video conversation. For the video conversation, students will watch a short video clip and will then have to answer prompts according to the content of the video.
How To Prepare Myself or My Child to Excel in PSLE Chinese?
1. Practice More and More
Never be over-confident and never stop learning and practising; practising is the key guide to PSLE Chinese. Practice can improve the current performance; practice makes men perfect. Comprehension papers can be challenging if students do not understand the context of the passages; students might not be able to answer the questions. By attempting more comprehension practices, students will be exposed to different styles of Chinese comprehension passages and learn the answering mechanics of each type of question. With that, students will be familiar with the answering technique and less likely to lose marks.
Besides, practices is also essential for oral communication and listening comprehension. Frequent speaking practices would ensure that students are familiar with the Han Yu Pin Yin and have accurate pronunciation in Singapore. Having Chinese conversations regularly giving students the chance to apply the Chinese knowledge they have learnt. This enabling them to be able to speak more fluently with the great support of a strong vocabulary. Therefore, regular Chinese conversation practices helps students to score in oral communication in PSLE Chinese, which tests students in articulating their thoughts, fluency and pronunciation. In addition, having Chinese conversation practices can strengthen students’ listening capabilities, enabling students to catch up with the meaning easily. Not only that, listening capability can be practised through watching Chinese drama too! This is super effective for students to score in listening comprehension, in which students can pick up the key information being read out to them effortlessly without struggling.
2. Read More Materials
Reading extensively can expose students to different writing styles in books or newspapers in which they can learn writing techniques and mimic them in their Chinese writing papers. Students can apply any proper yet beautiful sentences they have read before to make their writing more impressive. Through reading, students can enrich their Chinese vocabulary, such as idioms, and learn different ways of using them, making their writing outstanding.
Furthermore, a rich vocabulary is also effective in helping students to score paper 2 of PSLE Chinese in Singapore. A broad vocabulary knowledge helps them to answer questions required in completing the dialogue. This ensures that the answer filled in is logical and makes sense by using the correct phrases. More than that, excellent Chinese knowledge does help students to understand better comprehension papers, since they know more vocabulary, and the chances of strange words in the papers will be lower.
3. Seek Help
A possible reason why PSLE Chinese is challenging for students is the lack of exposure to the Chinese language in their daily life. For those students who have grown up in a non-Chinese speaking environment, the PSLE Chinese exam is even more challenging as their Chinese language foundation is often weak. If that’s the case for you or your child, seeking help from a Chinese tutor would be the best way to ace PSLE Chinese. A good Chinese tutor can help to build Chinese language foundation effectively and pass useful exam answering techniques to the students. For example, Le Xue Education, which is one of the top Chinese tuition centre in Singapore, provides joyful learning to help students learn Chinese 5x faster. The experienced tutors in Le Xue Education will provide students with the proven answering technique for exams such as PSLE. Besides exposure, lacking practice is another root cause of weak Chinese language among students in Singapore. Le Xue Education provides students with effective learning materials and conducive environment for them to consolidate their Chinese language knowledge. Attempting more exercises under professional guidance from tutors is a practical way to ace PSLE Chinese in Singapore!
In conclusion, being well exposed to the PSLE Chinese format in Singapore would help students better understand which parts of the PSLE Chinese they need to focus on and then dedicate more time and effort for more practices. With that, they will be more familiar with the papers and answer the questions within the timeframe. Furthermore, mastering the key practices above can guide students to excel in PSLE Chinese in Singapore. PSLE Chinese is challenging, but it would not be a problem if students apply the right practices in scoring the papers. The right solution can make students fall in love with Chinese. They may find that learning Chinese can be fun and exciting too, especially when they are learn using the 3R method from Le Xue Education, which emphasizes learning Chinese joyfully!
Le Xue Education is a professional Chinese education centre in Singapore that specialises in providing a Chinese Enrichment Programme for young children and aiding students to score well in Singapore examinations through Chinese Tuition Classes. Do you wish you or your children could learn Chinese faster and joyfully? Contact us now to know more about our programmes!

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