Marks allocation for the literature component:

Poem 5 marks
Novel 15 marks
Total 20 marks

Note that candidates will only be tested on NOVEL and POEMS.

Complete Guide: QWERTYUIOP

Complete Guide: QWERTYUIOP

Here's an extract:

Write about one of the characters that you like in the short story,


Miss Broome

Miss Broome was old Mr Bannister’s secretary for forty-three years. She typed letter by letter and she hated the young girls who touch-type without having to look at the keyboard. According to Harry Darke, the young girls gave Miss Broome “the push”. When her boss retired her after forty three years, she had no place to go, for the office was her home and the job was “all she lived for” (p25). Thus whenever a new girl came to work, her ghost which haunted the typewriter would scare the girl until she was too frightened to continue. Sure, Miss Broome was angry and vicious at first...

Complete Guide : The Curse

Complete Guide : The Curse

A Comprehensive Guide to The Curse

Here is an example from the Guide:


In this chapter we are introduced to Puan Kamsiah and her daughter, Siti. We are also introduced to Datuk Zulkifli and Datin Sharifah, who are Azreen’s foster parents; they are sponsoring Azreen’s studies in London. We also introduced to Puan Normala and Noor, her daughter. Noor and Siti are classmates.

Siti conveys to her mother what Noor has been telling her classmates that Madhuri has been murdered. Puan Kamsiah feels that the ‘wicked woman’(p12) Puan Normala is spreading ‘malicious lies’ (p12) about Madhuri and ‘the poor girl isn’t even properly laid to ground yet!’ (p12) When Siti quotes her mother’s description of Normala as ‘a slimy cobra with a three-forked tongue’ (p12), it gives us a hint of the character of Normala: She is, in fact, a busybody and the village gossip.

Guide to GULP and GASP

Guide to GULP and GASP


Yes, the most comprehensive guide on Ann Fine's Step by Wicked Step to help you prepare for your SPM English 1119 Exam is out. Chapter by chapter analysis with lots of explanatory notes to explain the plot, theme, and characters of this loving & touching story. Page references are given to save you the trouble of having to locate important texts and quotes.

Complete Guide to Poems

Complete Guide to Poems

Sample Question and Answer

What does it mean when the poet says but on their brows there was not a sign of despair?

It means that despite the difficult situation they were in, they did not show any sign of hopelessness.

Monday, April 5, 2010

SPM English 1119 Exam

spmenglish1119.comThe SPM English 1119 exam comprises two papers : Paper 1, which essentially tests students on essay writing, and Paper 2, which tests students on grammar, vocabulary, information transfer, reading comprehension, summary writing, and literature.

Generally, most students find questions that require writing skills the most challenging or difficult. I remember tutoring a group of science undergraduates of a public university and almost all the students I encountered had horrendous writing skills. The science essays and reports were almost incomprehensible because the content was often overwhelmed by the grammar mistakes and faulty syntax. So, it's no surprise that SPM students taking their English exam find essay writing the most challenging. In the SPM English exam essay writing skills are tested in Paper 1's Directed (Section A) and Continuous Writing (Section B) questions as well as Paper 2's Summary Writing (Section C) and Literature (Section D) questions. As you can see, there's quite a lot of stress on essay writing skills.

In subsequent posts, I'll be dealing with essay writing in the SPM (and PMR) English exam as well as the other sections. In the meantime, I'm  giving away one (1) "SPOT" Essay Question (2010) for the SPM English 1119 Examination which comes with guidelines, notes, an essay outline, and a sample answer to the first 100 readers who FOLLOW my BLOG and leave a comment.

Acknowledgement: I wish to thank Berlin for the breezy artwork. Her blog is at http://berlin-fashionunplugged.blogspot.com

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