How to use The Best English Exam Guide?

 The Creative Writing Guide (Primary)

  1. The writer focuses on teaching correct grammar usage, giving most interesting ideas, expanding your vocabulary and helping you to present your ideas in the right order.

  2. Every chapter has a model story, grammar exercise, vocabulary exercise and creative writing notes to guide you write your own stories.

  3. The Guide provides a range of basic to critical creative writing skills. It starts with the Introductory, Important, Essential series and progresses towards the more advanced Challenging and Critical series.

 The Comprehension and Cloze Passage Guide (Primary)

  1. The focus is on training you how to answer difficult inferential questions such as 'why', 'how' and 'in what way'.

  2. The last question in every chapter of the Comprehension Guide for the Introductory and Important series is a thinking question. It makes you think and allows you to construct a suitable answer to the question.

  3. The open-ended questions posed in the Essential, Challenging and Critical series are thinking questions. You learn to answer the questions in your own words instead of copying wholesale from the passage. Students are required to demonstrate the skills to make inferences based on the passages to answer the questions.

  4. The Comprehension and Cloze Passages volumes are to be used side by side. You should go through the multiple-choice and open-ended chapters of the Comprehension Guide first. When you have done those exercises, continue with the grammar and comprehension cloze sections to reinforce what you have learned. This is the reinforcement method. The same passage is used 4 times in the multiple choice and open-ended sections, as well as in the grammar and comprehension cloze sections. These exercises are meant to train you to understand the grammar and vocabulary components well.

 The Essential Exam-Oriented English Guide (Secondary)

Volume 1
  1. Volume 1 is made up of 5 chapters. Each chapter has 6 sections.

  2. Section 1 on Creative Writing teaches you all the essential skills, and shows you how the model story is written. To ensure that you learn effectively, it also provides exciting ideas to guide you write a story of your own.

  3. Section 2 on Letter Writing/Report Writing gives you all the relevant rules and styles related to letter and report writing. It shows you how to write the relevant letters and reports and gives you suggestions on how to write similar letters and reports.

  4. Section 3 on Vocabulary provides you the foundation to excel in your examinations. You will learn how to use colourful expressions and figurative language such as similes, idiomatic phrases and metaphors.

  5. Section 4 on Language Fluency highlights the common grammar mistakes made by students. It teaches you how to structure grammatically correct and interesting sentences.

  6. Section 5 on Comprehension teaches you how to answer factual and in particular, the tricky inferential questions. You learn the skills to write good summaries, which carry the highest marks in all comprehension examination papers.

  7. Section 6 on Cloze Passage trains you how to use forward and backward referencing skills to help you find the most suitable words to fill in the blanks. This test is highly dependent on your understanding of grammar rules and scope of vocabulary.

Volume 2

  1. Volume 2 is made up of 5 chapters. Each chapter consists of 5 sections.

  2. Section 1 on Creative Writing provides more advanced and complex creative writing skills. A model story is dissected to show you how to apply the skills. You also learn to write your own story with excellent examination notes.

  3. Section 2 on Report Writing/Book & Film Reviews shows you how to write the more difficult formal reports. You also learn how to present excellent book and film reviews. You will learn how to write these reports and reviews step-by-step.

  4. Section 3 on Vocabulary teaches you how to describe your antagonists (evil characters) and protagonists (good characters) vividly. You will also learn how to use impressive and relevant quotable quotes to support your arguments.

  5. Section 4 on Language Fluency teaches you how to write balanced sentences to improve your writing style. You will also learn to omit unnecessary words to write concisely.

  6. Section 5 on Comprehension trains you to answer factual and inferential questions on more difficult passages. The summary and vocabulary sections are noticeably more difficult to prepare you to score that elusive A1 in your final examination.