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The complete 2024 PSLE English guide

The complete 2024 PSLE English guide

Learning English is an art as well as a science. To achieve a high score, your child must master the science of grammar and learn the art of using words effectively.

Before you begin, check out our PSLE scoring guide and exam dates for 2024.

In this article, we'll cover:

English PSLE Complete Syllabus + Section Weightage

Paper 1: Writing

Weightage: 27.5%

The examiner expects students to use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation, as well as have a broad vocabulary. They are also observing how the students organise their thoughts and express themselves.

This paper is divided into two parts and students will have 1 hour and 10 minutes to complete both of them.

The first section will consist of situational writing, which will be worth 15 marks. Students will be expected to write a brief letter/email/report that fits the context of the question.

The second part will consist of continuous writing (worth 40 marks), in which students will be shown three pictures and asked to write a composition detailing their thoughts and experiences. It is generally recommended to write at least 150 words on the topic. 

Improve your English Paper 1 scores with our complete guide: Click here for tips, tricks, and strategies to succeed.

Paper 2: Language Use and Comprehension

Weightage: 47.5%

Students will be expected to understand key concepts and context, and the questions can be either literal or inferential. 

This is the most extensive paper, consisting of two booklets, and students will have one hour and fifty minutes to complete both booklets.

Booklet A will contain multiple-choice questions (MCQs), and each question will be for 1 mark. 

This booklet's structure will be as follows:

Booklet B will have open-ended questions with the following structure:

  • 10 questions on Grammar Cloze,
  • 12 questions on Editing for Spelling and Grammar,
  • 15 questions on Comprehension Cloze,
  • 5 questions on Synthesis/Transformation, and,
  • 10 questions on Comprehension OE (Open-Ended).

Each open-ended question is worth 1 mark.

We've found a way to make this paper a little easier for you with these 7 simple tips for scoring well on Primary English Comprehension.

Paper 3: Listening Comprehension

Weightage: 10%

Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of a variety of spoken texts in this paper. They will be tested on what they have literally heard, as well as their ability to understand context and tone of voice. 

👉 Pro Tip: To get a better grade, teach your child how to listen critically.

This paper will last about 35 minutes and will include 20 multiple-choice questions. 

Each question will be worth 1 mark.

For more tips on how to do well in listening comprehension, do check out our blog on 5 proven tips to tackling PSLE English Listening Comprehension.

Paper 4: Oral Communication

Weightage: 15%

In this paper, students will read one passage aloud (worth 10 marks) and have one stimulus-based conversation (worth 20 marks). Students will have 5 minutes to prepare before taking the exam.

👉 Pro Tip: Teach your child how to enunciate to improve their grades.

For reading questions, the examiners will want to know if your child’s reading is well-paced and flows smoothly. 

For the speaking questions, they want to see a well-thought-out structure as well as how well the student uses vocabulary and grammar.

Read our PSLE English Oral: Tips to impress your examiner (format + examples) for insights on how to tackle this paper. 

You can also watch this short video made by Geniebook teachers to help you improve your English Oral skills.

Most Effective Study Technique To Improve Your Child’s PSLE English Grade

The quickest way to improve your English grade is to assist your child in creating their own vocabulary list. 

One way to do this is to ask your child to keep track of how many times they used the word "Very".  Then assist them in determining an alternative word.

Here's an example of a list:

words to use instead of very

Make a similar list. Each time you see the word "very", look up an alternative word that you could use instead.

PSLE Notes & Exam Papers

If you’d like to revise, we have an entire section of notes and free sample papers for each class:

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