Instead of 2 questions with fixed scenarios for candidates to choose from to write a narrative, 1 topic is offered which can be approached from any one of several perspectives. To help candidates think about the different perspectives of the topic, visuals will be provided. Three pictures that are not arranged in sequence will be provided in the question. They can choose to weave a story from either one of these pictures, or compose a story linking all three. This will test their ability to respond, write from different perspectives, and do both factual and fictional writing.
A new component, Visual Text Comprehension in Paper 2 will in the form of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). For example, students will answer questions based on a poster.
COMPREHENSION OPEN-ENDED SECTION
In Paper 2, the types of questions will now be varied and could include, for example, tables which candidates will fill in using information from the passage.
ORAL / CONVERSATION
Will be replaced by the Stimulus-based Conversation component. Students will give their personal response to a visual stimulus that is thematically linked to the Reading Aloud passage. Students will then move on seamlessly to a discussion on a relevant topic. In the new exam, pupils will have to respond to anything from a poster to a map to a biscuit wrapper. “What we are interested in is hearing the children’s point of view and how they respond to whatever stimuli we give them because the focus is on oral communication, not on what is in the picture,” Dr Elizabeth Pang, programme director for literacy development said. Pupils will also be able to give their opinion – leading to a conversation with the examiner – and to “not just talk about what they see, but what they think of the situation”.
Will have more items with graphic representation compared to the existing paper.