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HSC English First Paper Exam Strategies

HSC Examination-2023

English 1st Paper


How to approach questions in HSC English 1st paper and get good score

Marks Distribution for HSC English 1st paper

(Only for the year 2023) Total- 100 Subject Code-107

Test item Marks Part 1: Reading (60 Marks)

  1. Multiple choice questions .5×10 = 05

  2. Short answer questions 3×´5 = 15

  3. Information transfer/flow chart 1×´5 = 05

  4. Summary writing 1´ ×10 = 10

  5. Cloze test with clues (unseen) .5´ ×10 = 05

  6. Cloze test without clues (unseen) 1×´ 10 = 10

  7. Rearranging (unseen) 10

Part 2: Guided Writing (40 Marks)

8.Interpreting graph/chart 15

9.Story Writing 15

10.Informal letter 10







Question-1 A -Multiple Choice Question

Strategies:

1. Read the passage very carefully ( 2 times).

2. Locate the answer of the questions in the given passage and underline the key words.

3. Choose the answers in the light of the given text.

How to write answer:

1. Write “Answer to the Question No-1”

2. Then Write letter, number of the option then the word or phrase of the chosen option

Example: (a)(iv) people to go abroad

Question -1-B Short Answer Question

Strategies:

1. At first locate the answers in the text.

2. Then write the answer according to the text.

3. Try to paraphrase ( re-write in your own words) the information given in the text.

4. You should not add any piece of information from outside of the given passage.

5. Try to write at least two sentences for each answer.


How to write answer:

1. Write “Answer to the Question No-1-B

(a)………………………………………..

after finishing the first answer then write “

(b)……………………………………….. Etc


Question 2 Information Transfer/Flow Chart

Strategies:

1. Read the given passage very carefully (2 times)

2. Read the table with gaps carefully

3. Locate the answer in the passage

4. Take the words from the passage to fill in the blanks and see whether the completed sentence make sense or not.

5. See whether the sentences make sense and grammatically correct.

6. Give special attention to first row of the table

7. If you are sure, write the final answer.

How to write answer:

Write “Answer to the Question No-2”

You can write like-

(i) …..

(ii) …..

(iii) ……

Flow Chart

A flowchart is essentially a visual representation of data, presented in the form of a picture with various information elements. Flowcharts can come in different types, such as a graph chart or a pie chart. Regardless of the type, each information element is represented in the form of shapes in the chart. Since flowcharts are data-rich, it is important to pay attention to the information presented in the flowchart.

Flowcharts contain various indicators on the left, right, or bottom side. These indicators are highlighted with different colors or shades in the flowchart to indicate specific meanings. Similarly, the same colors or shades are incorporated into the flowchart to convey the intended message. To describe or explain a flowchart, all the scales need to be considered in terms of quantity or measurement. Even without a scale, an approximate number can be assumed based on visual estimation.


For Flow Chart, first of all, the students should choose the objectives of a flow chart. The next thing to do is to decide on the start and end points. Once that is decided the students should break it down into multiple flows. While drawing, the students should keep it in their mind that a flow chart should be as simple as possible so that the readers make sense of the complex patterns and forces. For the sake of simplicity, detailed information is kept to a minimum leaving a framework upon which readers can later attach details as the patterns of events become clear. However, each flowchart's design is also determined by the nature of the text.


Now, let's move on to describing a flowchart. To start, it is essential to understand what is being asked or what needs to be described. Only the information specifically mentioned in the flowchart should be written. In the description of the flowchart, begin by stating: "This description or information is presenting exactly what is mentioned in the question," or by merging the question's sentence into the first sentence. This way, we can clearly present the information and help visualize the data in the flowchart.


Rules of Flow Chart

1. At first give a title.

2. Use 6 (six) rectangular/square boxes including the given box.

3. Boxes can be horizontal or vertical.

4. Use arrow sign between two boxes.

5. Use numeric letters serially in each box.

6. Start points with capital letters.

7. Start points according to the given box in the question.





Question 3 Summary Writing

Strategies:

1. Read the given text very carefully. ( at least 2 times)

2. Write only the key points in your own words.

3. Don’t add any information from outside.

4. Usually, examples and explanation are not written in summary.

5. Summary must be written in one paragraph.

6. Use impersonal tone in summary (don’t use I , we, you….)

7. Write as many words as mentioned in the question; if number of words is not mentioned write one third of the given passage.

How to write answer:

1. Write “Answer to the Question No-3”

2. Write the summary




Question 4 Coze Test With Clues

Strategies:

1. Read the give clues very carefully

2. Read the given text at least 2 times

3. Write the answers

4. Re-read the sentences to see whether your words sound reasonable in the contxt

How to write answer:

1. Write “Answer to the Question No-4”

2. You can write like-

(a) happen

(b) see

(c) amazing



Question 5 Coze Test Without Clues

Strategies:

5. Read the given text very carefully. (at least 2 times)

6. Write the answers

7. Re-read the sentences to see whether your words sound reasonable in the contxt

How to write answer:

3. Write “Answer to the Question No-5”

4. You can write like-

(a) happen

(b) see

(c) amazing


Question 6 Rearranging

Strategies:

1. Read the story/text very carefully (2 times)

2. Arrange the sentences roughly ( you can use pencil)

3. See whether the arrangement seems a coherent one or not.

4. If you are sure, write the final answer.

How to write answer:

1. Write “Answer to the Question No-6”


Answer: (iii)→(ix)→(i)→(vi)→(vii)→(iv)→(ii)→(x)→ (v)→(viii)

Then write the whole story like this:

Khan Jahan Ali was a philanthropic man. He came to Bagerhat to preach Islam and to promote the plight of common people. He found Bagerhat beset with many problems. The scarcity of drinking water is one of them. As Bagerhat is near the Bay of Bengal, the water is usually saline. He, therefore, excavated many tanks to provide fresh water to the people. Gora Dighi is one of them. Thus he redressed the problem of drinking water. His memory will never be sunk into oblivion. The people of Bagerhat remember him with respect.



Question 7 Describing Graph

Strategies:

1. Start writing the paragraph from the beginning of the page.

2. Keep reasonable margin at all sides

3. Don’t need to write heading /title

4. Study the graph meticulously

5. Write the answer in three to four paragraphs

6. Never add extra information what is not mentioned in the graph.

7. Write as many words as mentioned in the question if number of words is not mentioned write according to your allotment of time.

8. Maintain the key writing techniques for describing graph- Introduction, Overview, Detail trend, Conclusion.


How to write answer:

1. Write “Answer to the Question No-7”

2. Write answer keeping equal space on both sides.




Question 8 Story Writing

Strategies:

1. Read the given prompt very carefully.

2. Make a plan for your writing.

3. Classic/Traditional story should be completed in a traditional way. ( e.g. The hare and the tortoise)

4. Creative story can be completed in your own way.

5. Write as many words as mentioned in the question; if number of words is not mentioned write according to your allotment of time.


How to write answer:

1. Write “Answer to the Question No-8”

2. Must write Title/ heading

3. Write the given prompt and complete the story

4. Write the moral of the story in one sentence in separate paragraph.


Question 9 Informal Letters/Email Writing

Strategies:

1. Read the given prompt very carefully.

2. Make a plan for your writing.

3. Write as many words as mentioned in the question; if number of words is not mentioned write according to your allotment of time.


How to write answer:

1. Write “Answer to the Question No-9”

2. For Email You can write like this:

To: mim@yahoo.com

Subject: describing the importance of physical exercise.

Dear….,




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