It helps to plan your answers
THINKING out of the box was crucial for Samantha Foong to get her nine straight As in Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3) examination.
To ace the exam that consisted entirely of short-answer or subjective questions, thinking creatively before penning her answers was Samantha’s exam strategy.
The 15-year-old was one of 10 students at St George’s Girls School who scored straight As this year.
“I did not expect all As. With the change in the system, it was hard to predict our results. A lot of external work needed to be done. We had to think outside the box and still remember key facts,” said Samantha, when met after collecting her results yesterday.
The Science paper was the hardest with only 15 students scoring A for it, said the school principal Shariffah Afifah Syed Abbas.
“With the former Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination, hundreds could score straight As.
“With the PT3, there is quality in the content but it will take a while for students to adapt to the only subjective questions format,” she said adding that 202 students took the exam this year.
At St Xavier’s Institution, acting principal Dr Sim Hock Keat said only two out of 290 who sat for PT3 scored all As.
“Just six out of the 290 scored A for Science while 29 scored A for Mathematics, 86 scored A for English and 96 scored A for History,” Dr Sim said.
Chung Ling High School authorities had refrained from releasing the overall results, but most of the parents that were interviewed were happy with their children’s results as many did not want to pressure them.
Housewife Lee Min said it had been hard for her son because it was different from the usual exams he was used to.
“I told him take it easy and try his best and I am very proud of his results,” said Lee, adding that her son scored “several As”.
Meanwhile, Star Media Group audience management senior executive Eric Stanley was over the moon yesterday when his daughter Judith bagged all As.
“I was so sure I wouldn’t get all As. It had been a stressful exam. I am thankful to my teachers who coached me to adapt to the answering methods,” said the SMK Convent Green Lane girl.
A statement from the Penang Education Department stated that 23,926 students from 136 schools sat for this year’s PT3, which replaced PMR since last year.
In Alor Setar, Siow Wan Ching from SMJK Keat Hwa II took 10 subjects and made her school proud with her 9As and 1C.
Her C was for Science, and she was one of only two out of 228 candidates from the school who scored 9As.
“I want to be a doctor so that I can help my breast cancer mother and others,” Wan Ching said.
Kedah saw 37,203 students sitting for the PT3 in 224 examination centres.
In the rural school of SMK Hosba in Changlun near the Thai border, two schoolboys surprised everyone with sterling results.
Muhammad Alwafi Mahmud Sabri scored 9As, 1B and 1C, and Abdul Qayyum Abd Rashid 9As and 2Cs. They took Pendidikan Islam and Bahasa Arab on top of the other subjects.
Their principal Abu Bakar Said said the school launched an intense study programme called Gerak Gempur three months before the PT3 for its 198 students.
“Last year, only one student scored 8As,” he said.
N.Trisha, Christoper Tan and G.C.Tan The STAR Home News Community Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Better understanding of PT3
CYBERJAYA: Parents now have a better understanding of the Form Three Assessment (PT3) examination which was introduced last year, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
He said PT3 was one of the four components under the School-Based Assessment (PBS) conducted by schools, and not done at the central level.
He said besides PT3, the other components were the school assessment, sports physical activity and co-curriculum assessment (PAJSK) and the Psychometric Assessment (PPsi).
Mahdzir said since the national education system had long been practising centralised exams, beginning in Year Six, Form Three and Form Five, both students and parents were still at the stage of accepting the PBS.
“However, after the PT3 was implemented twice, we see there is an improvement in the parents’ understanding of their children’s results, and we see acceptance for the new system,” he said in a press conference on the progress of the PT3 here yesterday.
Earlier, Mahdzir witnessed the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between Multimedia Development Corporation and the International Society for Technology in Education to develop an established educational technology environment.
He said the assessment system was also implemented in other developed countries where no centralised examinations were held for primary and lower secondary schools which instead had school examinations.
The PT3, replacing the Penilaian Menengah Rendah, was held for the first time last year.The STAR Home News Nation 15 December 2015