Primary 2

When writing your answer for MCQ Comprehension:

  • Circle the question numbers you’re unsure about. When you’re done with the whole paper, go back to the circled questions and cross out the wrong answers.

When writing your answer for Open-Ended Comprehension:

  • Grammar: Check that you have used the correct tense.
  • Punctuation: Make sure your sentences begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop. Remember to include quotation marks if you are asked for a specific word.
  • Spelling: Double-check the spelling of all key words in your answer against those in the passage because those key words are likely found there.


Primary 3 & 4

How to Figure Out the Meaning of New Words

Context clues are very useful when you are trying to figure out the meaning of words that are new to you. Usually, in a sentence, paragraph or text, there is at least one clue to the meaning of the word. An easy way to remember the types of clues would be S.E.A.: Synonym, Examples, Antonym.

  • Synonym: a word or phrase with the same meaning

Bamboos are not very nutritious, so the amount of bamboo pandas have to eat in 12 hours to stay healthy is up to 15 percent of their body weight.

  • Examples: a few examples of the word are given

Some catastrophes cause a huge volume of water to be shifted, such as earthquakes, landslides or volcanic eruptions.

  • Antonym: a word or phrase with the opposite meaning

It is always joyous when a cub is born, but devastating when one dies.


Primary 5

Synthesis & Transformation

  • Check that you did not omit or misspell any words.
  • Underline all key words that need to be changed. This is especially helpful when you’re changing the sentence from direct to indirect speech. Look out for Tenses, Pronouns and words related to Time and Place. For example:

Qn:     “I will investigate the cause of the blackout that happened in these areas yesterday,” he announced.

Ans:    The spokesman announced that he would investigate the cause of the blackout that had happened in those areas the previous day.

  • Learn to convert between nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. For example:

Qn:     The students apologised to the principal. They did so reluctantly.

Ans:    It was with reluctance that the students apologised to the principal.