GCE 'O' Level Examination

The Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination, also known as the GCE ‘O’ Level Examination, is conducted in Singapore annually.

The Ministry of Education, Singapore, and the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) are the joint examining authorities for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level examination.

The GCE ‘O’ Level covers English Language, Mother Tongue, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, and other subjects that the student covers over their four or five years of study in their respective Secondary school.

English (1128)

The main objective of the GCE ‘O’ Level English is to ensure that, by the end of Secondary education, students are able to communicate effectively in English, with a development in the following areas:

- Listening, reading and viewing critically with accuracy

- Speaking, writing and representing in internationally acceptable English

- Understanding and using internationally acceptable English

The GCE ‘O’ Level English syllabus took change in 2013, and it is applicable to students taking their national examinations in the same year.

Students will be assessed in the following areas:

Paper

Component

Item Type

Marks

Weightage

Duration

1

Writing:

Section A: Editing

Candidates identify and edit grammatical errors in a short written text.

Section B: Situational Writing

Candidates write 250–350 words on a given situation which will involve viewing a visual text.

Section C: Continuous Writing

Candidates write 350–500 words on one of four topics set.

Open-ended



10





30




30

35%

1 hr 50 min

2

Comprehension:

Section A

Candidates respond to questions based on Text 1, a visual text.

Section B

Candidates respond to a variety of questions based on Text 2, which is a narrative or a recount.

Section C

Candidates respond to a variety of questions based on Text 3, a non-narrative text, and write an 80-word response to a summary writing task.

Open-ended



5




20





25

35%

1 hr 50 min

3

Listening:

Section A

Candidates respond to a variety of listening tasks based on a number of audio recordings, which the candidates will hear twice.

Section B

Candidates listen to an audio recording and do a simple note-taking exercise. Candidates will hear the recording only once.

Open-ended / Multiple Choice (MCQ)

30

10%

About 45 min

4

Oral Communication:

The two parts in this paper are thematically linked.

Part 1: Reading Aloud

Candidates read aloud a short text.

Part 2: Spoken Interaction

Candidates engage in a discussion with the

examiners on a topic based on a visual stimulus.

Open-ended

30

20%

About

20 minutes

(including

10 minutes of

preparation

time)

Total

180

100%

Mathematics (4016)

Under the GCE ‘O’ Level Mathematics, the syllabus is intended to provide students with the fundamental mathematical knowledge and skills.

The examination consists of 2 written papers.

Paper

Item Type

Marks

Weightage

Duration

1

Open-ended:

There will be about 25 short answer questions testing more on the fundamental skills and concepts. Candidates are required to answer ALL questions.

80

50%

2 hours

2

There will be 10 to 11 questions of varying marks and lengths testing more on higher order thinking skills. Candidates are required to answer ALL questions.

100

50%

2 hr 30 min

Total

180

100%

For both papers, the use of calculators is allowed, and students should have their geometrical equipments with them during their examinations.

Relevant mathematical formulae will also be provided for the students.

Additional Mathematics (4038)

The GCE ‘O’ Level Additional Mathematics syllabus is intended to prepare students adequately for the GCE ‘A’ Level H2 and H3 Mathematics, where a strong foundation in algebraic manipulation skills and mathematical reasoning skills are required.

Under the GCE ‘O’ Level Additional Mathematics, it assumes students’ knowledge for the GCE ‘O’ Level Mathematics, and the scheme of assessment is as follow:

Paper

Item Type

Marks

Weightage

1

There will be 11–13 questions of

varying marks and lengths testing more on the fundamental skills and concepts. Candidates are required to answer all questions.

(Open-Ended)

80

44%

2

There will be 9–11 questions of varying marks and lengths.

Candidates are required to answer all questions.

(Open-Ended)

100

56%

Science

The GCE ‘O’ Level Science examinations aims to develop students’ abilities and skills that are relevant to the study and practice of Science, develop their attitudes relevant to Science and stimulate interest in and care for the local and global environment.

Under the GCE ‘O’ Level Science examinations, it includes Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science (Physics, Chemistry), Science (Physics, Biology) and Science (Chemistry, Biology).

The GCE ‘O’ Level Science examinations consist of 2 theory papers and 1 practical paper.

Physics (5058) / Chemistry (5072) / Biology (5094)

Paper

Item Type

Duration

Marks

Weightage

1

Multiple-Choice

1 hour

40

30%

2

Structured and Free Response

1 hour 45 mins

80

50%

3

School-based Science Practical Assessment

(SPA)

96

20%

Science: Physics, Chemistry (5116)

Paper

Item Type

Duration

Marks

Weightage

1

Multiple-Choice

1 hour

40

20%

2

Structured and Free Response (Physics)

1 hour 15 min

65

32.5%

3

Structured and Free Response (Chemistry)

1 hour 15 min

65

32.5%

5

Practical Test (Physics & Chemistry)

1 hour 30 min

30

15%

Science: Physics & Biology (5117)

Paper

Item Type

Duration

Marks

Weightage

1

Multiple-Choice

1 hour

40

20%

2

Structured and Free Response (Physics)

1 hour 15 min

65

32.5%

4

Structured and Free Response (Biology)

1 hour 15 min

65

32.5%

5

Practical Test (Physics & Biology)

1 hour 30 min

30

15%

Science: Chemistry & Biology (5118)

Paper

Item Type

Duration

Marks

Weightage

1

Multiple-Choice

1 hour

40

20%

3

Structured and Free Response (Chemistry)

1 hour 15 min

65

32.5%

4

Structured and Free Response (Biology)

1 hour 15 min

65

32.5%

5

Practical Test (Chemistry & Biology)

1 hour 30 min

30

15%


Chinese

The GCE ‘O’ Level Chinese examination is designed in accordance with the “2011 Syllabus for Chinese Language Secondary” by the Curriculum Planning and Development Division of Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

The examination consists of 3 papers, in the following structure:

Paper

Component

Item Type

Marks

Weightage

Duration

1

Writing:

Section A: Situational Writing

Section B: Continuous Writing (Composition)

Open-ended

60

30%

2 hours

2

Language Understanding and Application:

1)     Cloze Passage

2)     Comprehenion

Open-ended / Multiple Choice (MCQ)

70

35%

1hr 30min

3

Listening Comprehension

Multiple Choice (MCQ)

20

35%

About 30 min

Oral Communication

Open-ended

50

About 10 - 15 min

Total

200

100%

Alongside our core curriculum materials, Marshall Cavendish provides a wide range of supplementary and general materials for students to practice and revise their work, regardless of whether they are in or outside of the classroom.

Being the preferred textbook publisher, our general materials are written in line with the latest syllabus from the Singapore’s Ministry of Education, and they complement the core curriculum materials that we produce.

Some of our best-selling GCE ‘O’ Level titles include:

Distinction in English - 'O' Level
Comprehension
Distinction in English - 'O' Level
Vocabulary
Distinction in English - 'O' Level
Writing
Just Write
O Level Math – Book in Math
Perfect Guide - Secondary Mathematics
Advancing Into Secondary Science

O level Science – Book in Physics
Perfect Guide - 'O' Level Physics

O Level Science – Book in Chemistry
Perfect Guide - 'O' Level Chemistry

O Level Science – Book in Biology
Perfect Guide - 'O' Level Biology
 
Chinese Essential Practice
 
Applied Chinese for Secondary School
 
1000 Higher Chinese Quest


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