You must be very nervous especially with the ongoing debate whether the format is changed or not. In my opinion, always read the questions carefully and plan on how you are going to answer them. I have a very trustworthy resource that IT IS NOT TRUE! However, always be prepared.
1. Read – underline important keywords . Write about – after that is the format and your topic. Write the points according to the sequence given. Easy for you to do a checklist and easy for the marker to locate the points in your essay.
2. Elaborate when needed. Must be precise. Remember the structure or your sentences and the accuracy of your language – more important than your vocabulary. Your vocabulary must be precise. Note that I use MUST.
3. If you forget or write the format wrongly, do not panic. The format is 3 marks. You have the remaining 32 to fight for. (the current gossip is there is no allocation of marks for format. Just read and answer with what the question wants.
4. For continuous writing,
– always read and analyse what the questions want. Write about what you can write best even if you don’t like the topic. When writing about a current issue, be on a neutral ground without condemning anyone or any political party. Your opinions must be supported with logical and mature reasoning.
– Remember the structure or your sentences and the accuracy of your language – more important than your vocabulary. Your vocabulary must be precise. Note that I use MUST. Do you need to write idioms and proverbs? If they fit the situation and you use them correctly, it is a merit, otherwise it is a penalty. You do not have to count how many words you have written.
Actual SPM Questions (Paper 1 Sect B 50 marks)
– You must be able to describe with a lot of adjectives and importantly your description must be interesting.
2003 : A day you wished had never happened
2004 : Describe a festival celebrated in your area
2005 : Describe the biggest challenge in your life
2006 : Describe an enjoyable weekend you have experienced
2007 : Describe an embarrassing experience in your life
2008 : Write about a person who has worked hard to succeed in life.
2009 : Describe an unforgettable incident that you saw on your way home from school.
2010 : Describe the most popular student in your school.
2011 : A famous person you admire.
2012 : Describe an outing with friends
Opinion / Argumentative
-If you are well read and able give more than sufficient supporting details, choose this.
2003 : You have been given a chance to visit a country of your choice. Which country would you choose and why?
2004 : How can we help promote tourism in Malaysia?
2005 : If you were given a chance to be anybody, who would you want to be and why?
2006 : How can television help students in their studies?
2007 : ‘Teenagers today are only interested in entertainment.’ Do you agree?
2008 : Examinations – good or bad?
2009 : School children should not have long holidays. Do you agree?
2010 : “The Internet is mostly a good thing.” Do you agree? Support your opinion.
2011 : Should school students have part-time jobs? – Discuss
2012 : Should parents give children more freedom
– You must have a very good foresight and creativity to explain in detail.
2003 : An invention you cannot live without
2004 : My ideal school
2005 : How to keep one self healthy
2006 : What changes would you like to see in your life in the next ten years?
2007 : My early years.
2008 : My perfect future husband or wife
2009 : My favorite day of the week
2010 : What we can do to save the environment?
2011 : The best things in life are free
2012 : Saving money for future
Story Telling / Narrative
2003 : Write a story that ends with: If only I had listened to his/her advice
2004 : Write a story ending with: “We had never laughed so much in our lives.”
2005 : Write a story with the title: An Unexpected Visitor
2006 : Write a story ending with: “If only I had been more careful, that wouldn’t have happened.”
2007 : Write a story beginning with: Kim was nervous when the door opened
2008 : Write a story ending with: “Now I realize the value of a true friend.”
2009 : Write a story ending with: “…We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways.”
2010 : Write a story beginning with:“It had been raining all day…”
2011 : Write a story that ends with: “…They looked at each other and smiled meaningfully.”
2012 : Write a story beginning with : “The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period….”
– As best as you can write your essay as teenager and as locally set as you can. It desnt sound as memorized. I dont encourage students to memorize because it is no more creative writing.
2003 : Friends
2004 : Clothes
2005 : Music
2006 : Food
2007 : Tomorrow
2008 : Stars
2009 : Beauty
2010 : Home
2011 : Peace
2012 : Cleanliness
(Do not choose this question only to write something like this – I had a friend. Her name was Music. – immature) Your take on this question can be either fictional or factual. Refrain yourself from using the title as a name of a person or a pet or anything else that closely related to a name.