The standard of the paper compares favourably with the previous years. The composition topics were similar to those set in the past - one formal and one informal letter, an article for the school magazine, a debate on a very common topic and story writing.
Similarly, the comprehension and summary passages were very easy to understand and the questions on them were not ambiguous. On the whole, the paper was within the competence of the candidates.
However, the overall performance of the candidates was worse than those of previous years.