Assessment Format for Secondary English (O/NA-Level Syllabus 2021)

Welcome back to the blog! Previously, I talked about Literature, a new subject that is mandatory for all lower secondary students. If you have missed it and are interested to know more, click here!

Today, the focus of the blog post will be to share an overview of what the scheme of assessment for an O (Ordinary) or NA (Normal Academic) English Language paper is like. To learn more about the differences between the O and NA examination levels, you can go to this website.

Assessment Format for Secondary English | Lil' but Mighty

For O/NA level, candidates will have to sit for 4 papers in total. I will expand on Paper 1 and Paper 2 in more detail later. I will not be delving into detail Papers 3 and 4 in today’s post. It will be good to note that these papers in the Secondary school syllabus differ from the Primary school syllabus in terms of the difficulty/complexity of the text and questions.

Duration and Breakdown for Secondary English | Lil' but Mighty

Although the components tested for the O and NA level papers are the same, the difficulty level and the way which some of the components are tested differ. I have outlined the differences for each component where applicable in the upcoming section.

Secondary English Paper 1: Writing

Paper 1 Editing. Assessment Format for Secondary English | Lil' but Mighty

Situational Writing. Assessment Format for Secondary English | Lil' but Mighty

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Paper 2: Comprehension

Secondary English Comprehension Visual Text | Lil' but Mighty

Secondary English Comprehension Section B and C | Lil' but Mighty

I hope this has helped to shed light on what you can expect to be tested on for Secondary English language paper. Overall, more advanced language skills are required of the students to be able to tackle secondary English language papers. If you wish to know more about the differences between Primary and Secondary school English, stay tuned for the next blog post on the differences between primary and secondary school English! See you in the next blog post!


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Ms Cynthia

Ms Cynthia is an English Teacher at Lil’ but Mighty. In her 5 years of English Language teaching experience, she has enjoyed guiding her students to explore the literary world and provide them with the tools to unpack and decipher texts. As a teacher who is passionate about the language, she hopes to inspire the children to become creative and critical thinkers who will be ready to face the challenges of the world.

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