Mother Tongue Chinese O Level Exams begin with students sitting for their first written paper in June and then expecting outcomes by around August. In fact, the second round of exams also takes place in November in case students have to retake their papers. The components that make up this subject are pretty much the same as the English language and they are as follows- Paper 1, Paper 2, Listening comprehension and Oral.
Paper 1: Essay Writing (30% of the total score) where section 1 is functional writing (1 personal email, 1 formal email) where you have to choose 1 out of 2 questions. Section 2 is essay writing (narrative/expository/argumentative or situational writing) where you have to choose 1 out of 3 questions.
Paper 2: Structured Questions (35% of the total score) where section 1 is Cloze Passage of 10 MCQs, section 2 is Comprehension 1 of 10 MCQs and section 3 is Comprehension 2 of 10 OEQs.
Paper 3: Oral and Listening Comprehension (35% of the total score) where Oral consists of reading passage read-aloud (10 mins) and video clip question-and-answer (5-10 mins). Plus, listening comprehension is where they have to answer 10 MCQs by listening to 4 passages.
Now that you know when your kid will be sitting for his/her O Level Chinese exams and know what the structure of the O Level Chinese paper looks like, let’s look at how to prepare them well for acing their Chinese O level exams with flying colors, that too at one go!
It is always good to start the preparation early, even if it seems easy to ace the mother tongue language. However it is not wise to evaluate the preparation by just completing the syllabus. When it comes to O levels, most schools and tutors in Singapore tend to prepare their students by taking tests or mock examinations that mimic the actual examination. This way they can evaluate their students’ preparations well and suggest that they take their O Level Chinese exams in June or November sessions, depending on how prepared they are. Starting early also means that there will be more scope for improving and revising well before the actual day of examination.
This has proved to be beneficial in the case of most students. Setting goals can look like setting a target to finish the entire syllabus by early May in order to keep the rest time for practise and revision. It can also be as simple as completing an essay in perhaps 50 mins-which is an essential practice. Now, this keeps students motivated and pushes them to finish their tasks well within time. It also helps them identify where they may be lagging!
Reading and Making Notes
The exam will be much easier given that the student has genuine interest in the language. To increase their interest, they are advised to spend more time reading every day. Reading aloud improves fluency and indirectly aids comprehension in Paper 2 as well as your oral presentation in Paper 3. At the same time, they can try to make short notes/ summaries or keep a journal of interesting vocabularies they came across. Now that will help with improving the writing skills. Kill two birds with one stone!
If your child is doing poorly in learning Chinese due to the lack of interest, we’d suggest them to attend Le Xue’s Secondary Chinese Language 中学快捷班. It is a class which reinforces all language skills and imparts learning strategies and techniques for O Level Chinese exam.
Get help from others
Once you’ve done your part and still identify problems, always seek help from more experienced people like your school tutors. You can also seek help from friends who are more interested or more skillful in the subject comparatively. Alternatively, a Chinese tutor from private tuition agencies, like Le Xue Education, would also be a good option to invest in, if you think your child needs extra help to ace in O Level Chinese exam. The grade of Chinese Language or Higher Chinese Language has often been ignored by students until the very last minute, eventually affecting the overall result of O Level. This should be avoided to ensure that your children can enroll into the dream JC or university.
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