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English Language Paper 1, Nov/Dec. 2008  
Questions:   1 2 3 4 5 6 & 7 8   Main
General Comments
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General Comments

The Chief Examiners reported that the standard of the paper compared well with those of previous years.  The composition questions covered the usual topics – the two types of letter-writing, i.e., formal and informal, a newspaper article, a debate and story-writing.  The comprehension and summary passages were on familiar subjects that were within the experience of school certificate candidates.

Candidates exhibited an appreciable degree of competence in tackling the questions, especially in the comprehension section where the number of ‘zero’ scores were fewer than usual.  However, many of the answers in the summary section showed the perennial weakness of copying the passage indiscriminately.  Generally, candidates’ performance was about the same as those of previous years.

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