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Tips & strategies answering English Language Paper (UPSR ) – PAPER 1

Topics to cover :

Topics Description , examples Remarks


1 Relationship Cousin, nephew , pen-pal
2 Animal Female, male, group
3 Buildings Parts, name, dome, tower
4 Clothing & accessories Shirt, necklace
5 Events Hari Raya, Christmas, accident
6 Food & beverages Noodles, muffin
7 Tools Rake, hammer, shears
8 Things around us Classroom, office, living room
9 People ( occupation ) Seamstress, orphanage
1
Sports , activities, hobby Badminton, player,
0
1
Plants, flowers & vegetation Stem, root, daisy, aubergine
1
1
Day, month & year Leap year, June
2
1
Colour, shape Triangular, indigo
3
1
Parts of body Navel, thigh
4
1
Countries Malaysian, east, south
5
1
Weather Rain, flood, blizzard
6
1
Transport
7

Grammar items :

Topics Description , examples Remarks

Common, proper, gender,


1 Nouns numeral, collective,
countable
2 Articles A, an, the
Personal, Possessive,
3 Pronouns
Demonstrative
4 Conjunctions For, and, because, if
5 Prepositions On, in, behind, between
6 Adjectives Comparative, superlative
7 Adverbs Adverbs of manner -ly
Present, Past, Continuous,
8 Tenses
Future, Participle
must, have to, *could,
9 Modals
*should
10 Subject Verb Agreement
11 Positive & Negative statements
12 Questions & responses
13 Punctuation Capitalize, comma, full stop
14 Sentence type Simple, compound

To score A:-

• Cover all the topic, grammar items above.

• You are advised to spend only 1-2 minutes (suggestion) for easy question.

• Read the instructions carefully.

• Read the passage or study the stimulus given carefully.

• Go through each question and all the options given.

• Choose the best answer from the options given.

• Circle A, B, C or D to mark the correct answer.

• Answer all the easy questions first. Then go back to the difficult questions.

• Do not waste time. Cross out the options, one by one, until you get the

correct answer.

• Always check your answers.

• Time is precious. Use it wisely.


SECTION A
VOCABULARY
10 multiple choice questions

• Word level : Question 1 - 4 ( 4 questions )

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TIPS & HINTS

• Read the question carefully.

• Spend 2 – 3 minutes for each question.

• Find clues given to help you.

• Underlined the clues.

• Mark (X) if you find the option is wrong.

• Choose/circle the best answer


• Phrase level : Question 5 – 7 ( 3 questions )

TIPS & HINTS

• Read the question carefully.

• Spend 2 – 3 minutes for each question.

• Study the picture carefully.

• Find clues given to help you.

• Underlined the clues.

• Mark (X) if you find the option is wrong.

• Choose/circle the best answer.


• Sentence level : Question 8 – 10 ( 3 questions )
Tests pupil's knowledge and understanding in vocabulary.

TIPS & HINTS

• Read the question carefully.

• Study the picture carefully.

• Get to know where it taken place.

• Spend 2 – 3 minutes for each question.

• Find clues given to help you.

• Underlined the clues.

• Mark (X) if you find the option is wrong.

• Choose/circle the best answer.


SECTION B
SOCIAL EXPRESSIONS
5 multiple –choice questions.

• Social expressions : Question 11 – 15 ( 5 questions )


Test on social expressions used in various situations.

Social expressions (matching)


Pictures with various situations
3 to 4 responses given in a list as options
Types of situations / responses
1- greetings
2- introducing oneself / others
3- requesting objects
4- telephone conversations
5- other social expressions

TIPS & HINTS

• You are advised to spend only 5–10minutes (suggestion).

• Make sure you read through all the options.

• Choose the most suitable response from the list given.

• Answer all the easy questions first. Then go back to the difficult questions.
• Do not waste time. Cross out the options, one by one, until you get the

correct answer.

• Look at the people in the pictures and what they are doing to get clues.

SECTION C
GRAMMAR
10 multiple-choice questions
Test pupil’s knowledge and understanding in grammar, spelling and punctuation.

• Grammar : Question 16 – 21 ( 6 questions )


Test pupil’s knowledge and understanding in grammar.

TIPS & HINTS

• Read the question carefully.

• Study the picture carefully (if given).

• Spend 2 – 3 minutes for each question.

• Find clues given to help you.

• Underlined the clues.


• Mark (X) if you find the option is wrong.

• Choose/circle the best answer.

Read the grammar item table, make sure you cover all the topics.

• Punctuation : Question 22 – 23 ( 2 questions )


Test pupil’s knowledge and understanding in punctuation.

TIPS & HINTS

• Read the question carefully.

• Study the picture carefully (if given).

• Spend 2 – 3 minutes for each question.

• Instead finding the answer, find errors for each option given first.

• Underlined the errors.

• Mark (X) if you find the option is wrong.

• Choose/circle the best answer.

Don’t lose marks (2 marks) for these questions.


Level of question : Easy, moderate.
• Spelling : Question 24 – 25 ( 2 questions )
Test pupil’s knowledge and understanding in spelling.

TIPS & HINTS

• Read the question carefully.

• Study the picture carefully (if given).

• Spend 2 – 3 minutes for each question.

• Find clues given to help you.

• Underlined the clues.

• Mark (X) if you find the option is wrong.

• Choose/circle the best answer.

Don’t lose marks (2 marks) for these questions.


Level of question : Easy, moderate.
SECTION D
GRAMMAR TEXT COMPLETION
1 passage which describes a picture
5 multiple choice questions

• Text Completion : Question 26 – 30 ( 5 questions )


Test on language items such as nouns, tenses, adjectives, conjunctions etc.

TIPS & HINTS

• Read the question carefully.


• Study the picture carefully .

• Spend 2 – 3 minutes for each question.

• Find clues given to help you.

• Underlined the clues.

• Mark (X) if you find the option is wrong.

• Choose/circle the best answer.

Read the grammar item table, make sure you cover all the topics.

Level of question : Moderate, difficult


SECTION E
COMPREHENSION
2 passages oflinear and non-linear texts.
5 multiple choice questions are set for each passage.
Multiple choice questions (comprehension questions)

Interesting buildings in Malacca

Many people visit Malacca to see the old buildings there. The most famous building is

called “A Formosa”. The Portugese built it in 1511. Another old building is called “The

Stadhuys”. It was built by the Dutch in 1650. It is a big building with many rooms and halls, stairs

and corridors.
2
Places of worship are also interesting places to visit. A very old mosque is the Kampung

Kling Mosque. It looks beautiful with its three-tiered roof. The Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, built in

1646, is the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia. There are beautiful carvings inside the temple.
3
The Saint Paul Church is situated on top of a hill. Only its stone walls and floor can be

seen today. Another interesting church is the Saint Xavier’s Church, built in 1849. It has two

towers by the side of the entrance.


4
There are also many different types of traditional Malay buildings in Malacca. Most of
these are wooden buildings. The roofs are made of attap. The rooms are cool and airy because of
the numerous windows.
• Divide the passage accordingly to their paragraph.

• Draw line to separate them.

• Read the questions first.

• Skim and scan the passage to find the answer.

• No need to go through all the passage.

• First 3 questions always referring to first, second and third paragraph.

• Look at the bolded words

Types of questions

1- understanding main ideas


2- locating details
3- sequencing ideas/events
4- understanding meaning of words
5- recognizing cause and effect relationships
6- predicting outcomes
7- drawing conclusions

Stimulus

1- notice
2- advertisement
3- timetable
4- diary
5- report
6- letter
7- narrative
8- dialogue
9- factual passage
10- speech
3 or 4 multiple choice answers (objective) A,B,C or A,B,C,D
Letter Map
Dialogue
Diary

Passage Notice