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Strategies to Help Pupils to Tackle Paper 1

Strategies to Help Pupils to Tackle Paper 1

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UPSR English Exam Paper Tips
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Strategies to Tackle Paper 1

What is to be tested in Paper 1?

Knowledge and understanding of vocabulary Knowledge and understanding of grammar Knowledge and understanding of spelling & punctuation Reading skills

Guidelines for Questions 1 - 10 Vocabulary

This section tests on pupils‟ vocabulary at either word, phrase or sentence levels. Pupils must have a good knowledge and understanding of vocabulary in order to answer the questions. If there are graphics, pupils must look carefully at the graphics before answering.

Vocabulary      Objects Clothing Activities Transport Places      Games Animals Relationship Occupation Food .

Word level (Questions 1 – 4)  Read the questions carefully  Check on the clue word / words  Check all the possible answers .

Vocabulary (Word Level) Example 1. A B C D kitchen lab clinic cinema . A ________ is a place where scientists conduct experiments.

Vocabulary – Word Level   Vocabulary – lab Clues – place where scientists conduct experiments .


  Vocabulary – audience Clues – listening/speaker gave his speech .


  Vocabulary – safari Clues – wild animals / park in Africa .


  Vocabulary – oil-lamp Clues – lights the / getting dark .

     Collective nouns (a bouquet of flowers. more popular than me) Similes (as busy as a bee. a troop of soldiers) Adverbial phrases (sleep soundly.Phrases (Questions 5 – 7 ) Some samples of phrases are. as kind as an angel) Phrasal verbs (ran away from home. a few ringgits) . fell down this morning) Phrasal quantifiers (some books on the table.

Phrase Level ( Questions 5 – 7) Read the paragraph given Study the pictures Check on clue word / words    .

Phrase Level (Questions 5 – 7) .


(phrase level)  Vocabulary – collective nouns  Clue : picture of flamingoes at a pond

(phrase level)  Vocabulary – prepositional phrase  Clue : picture of seeds in hand


(phrase level)  Vocabulary – prepositional phrase  Clue : picture of seeds in a packet .

Sentence Level Questions 8 .10 Get clues from:  the subjects  the verbs  the time or place described .

Questions 8 – 10 (sentence level) Study the pictures carefully Check and read all the possible answers Decide the best possible answer that descibes the picture as a whole.    .


.Question 8 (sentence level)  Clue – The picture shows a boy and a man making a wooden shelf.

Question 9 (sentence level)  Clue – The picture shows a girl making a basket. .

.Question 10 (sentence level)  Clue – The picture shows a woman feeding a cat a fish.

permission Greetings during festival Making encouraging remarks Congratulating Offering assistance Seeking and making suggestions .Types of situations and responses (Questions 11 – 15)         Greetings & saying farewell Introducing yourself or friends Asking for specific objects.

confirmation Showing concern Expressing gratitude .Types of situations and responses (Questions 11 – 15)         Excusing yourself Making an emergency call Apologising Offering sympathy Inviting someone to a function Seeking clarification.

Read what the person is saying in each picture carefully.SOCIAL EXPRESSIONS (Q 11 – 15)    Understand the situation in each picture. “What will be a suitable sentence to respond to what is being said?” . Ask this question.

read the list of answers given to see if any of them fits the situation.SOCIAL EXPRESSIONS (Q 11 – 15)   If not sure of the answer. To do well in this section. . Find a suitable response. pupils must get used to the different language forms and functions in the English Language.

g. library. etc. house.1. etc. The action by one or both the speakers. two friends. mother and son. receiving prize. waving hands. E.g. The place in which the dialogue takes place. etc. Look at the picture and identify    The relationship between the two speakers. teacher and pupil. e. in a bus. .g. looking at an object. at the playground. E. canteen.

The second speaker‟s possible response. could the response be positive or negative or must it contain information or show politeness? . E.g. E. Read the words spoken by one of the speakers and identify   The purpose of the words spoken by one of the speakers.2. etc. asking questions or exclaiming a word. is the speaker making a statement.g.

.Remember :   The speech bubble at the top indicates the speech of the first speaker The speech bubble at the bottom indicates the speech of the second speaker.

First speaker Second speaker Do not choose statement with negative attitude. .

15 .Questions 11 .


Question 11  Clue – play basketball / court .

Question 12  Clue – second speaker answers “No” / Question should either start with “Is” or “Are” .

Question 13  Clue – hand gesture of the second speaker .

Question 14  Clue – first speaker is introducing someone to the second speaker .

Question 15  Clue – action of the first speaker .

Grammar (Questions 16 .where Conjunctionsan.tables Pronouns-he.because Verbs-do.round Tenses-present.what.like Spelling Punctuation marks-? .live.fast Prepositionin.on.they Adjectives-huge.but.she.20) Areas of grammars       Nouns – singular & plural-table.an.between       Articles-a.the WH-question words-who. ! „ .past Adverbs-angry. .

GRAMMAR Questions 16-20  Read the questions carefully  Study the picture (if any)  Look for clue word / words  Be extra careful with the tenses. .


     Question Question Question Question Question pronoun 16 17 18 19 20 – – – – – adjective conjunction verbs (plural) future tense article / possessive .

Read the sentence and choose the best answer.Opposite/Same (Question 21)    Read the instruction. . Determine if the question is asking for opposite meaning or same meaning.


Questions 22-23 (Spelling)  Read each suggested answers carefully.  Choose the best answer that you think has the correct spelling.  If possible.  Be aware of the spellings of each suggested answers. . segment the words.


 Listen carefully to the intonation as you read the sentences.  Choose the best answer that you think is correct.Questions 24-25 (Punctuation)  Read each sentences carefully. commas and other punctuation marks. .  Be aware of the capital letters.

(“ ”) inverted commas. etc. ( A-Z ) capital letters. ) comma ( ! ) exclamation mark. .Make sure you know how to use all these properly ( . ) full stop (?) question mark ( ’ ) apostrophes ( .


Text Completion (Questions 26 – 30)  Look at the picture carefully. Underline all the verbs. .  Ask. This will give clues to choose the best answer.  Read it again to see if the answers make sense. “What is this picture about?”  Read the passage at least twice. the tenses used.


posters. dialogues.e-mails. product labels. charts. advertisements. stories. speeches  . formal or informal letters.READING COMPREHENSION contains 2 texts for reading in the form of:- Questions 31 – 35 (non-linear text) . notices. TV or movie guides. timetables. graphs  Questions 36 – 40 (linear text) . newspaper reports.

.  Do not waste time on difficult words.  Read the questions given (study the needs of the questions).Steps in answering comprehension questions  Read the passage quickly to get a general idea of the passage (skimming).

g. best / most probably / „them‟ in line …. (e.Steps in answering comprehension questions   Read through the passage slowly and carefully a second time (scanning) to find answers to given questions. Read the questions carefully again. Underline words or phrases which may help.) . paying attention to words in bold /italic or words in quotation marks.

.Steps in answering comprehension questions  From the options A. check the remaining options for the BEST possible answer. C and D. B.choose a word that is of the same tense and part of speech as the original word.  For the vocabulary question. cancel the impossible answers. Then.

 Don‟t leave any questions unanswered. .Steps in answering comprehension questions  If a question is difficult. do other questions first and come back to it later.

which are “WHY” questions  .Guidelines for Questions 31 . These questions ask about REASONS.40 Reading Comprehension  When asked to select a suitable title for the passage. choose the one which best summarises the passage as a whole Because – many questions have the word „because‟.

 . Check the text and cross out the options that are wrong  Most probably. main – all given choices may be correct in some ways.Except. untrue – some of the options contain WRONG details. best. Think carefully before answering. not.

g. Can best be replaced by – read the paragraph where the word or phrases is used. watch . tear. bow. bank. Choose the one that fits the meaning in the sentence. [Be extra careful with words that have more than a meaning] e. Replace it with each option.

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