PT3 (Form Three Assessment) is an assessment of students' academic achievement at the lower secondary education level from Form 1 to Form 3. There are several examinations to be done by PT3 candidates including specialized work, oral speaking test, listening test and written test.

Writing can improve the learning abilities of students. This is necessary in schools and colleges. Students should not feel burdened at writing work and must feel that this is so ‘kacang’ or easy to do. It can be done with little pain; maybe a little.

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I will guide you more as you read on. You can also read more on PT3 2021 Format.

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Rule of Thumb to Learn and Master PT3 Writing Paper

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The first rule of thumb is to understand communicative language teaching (CLT) approach. This can be applied by both teachers and parents. How to do this?

Learning through English communication – to allow students to have a natural conversation and involved in real communication. Through time, students won’t have any trouble expressing themselves in English.

Communication is more prominent compared to linguistic rules – Everything is good as long as the student is able to create a conversation even though they are using broken English.

The second rule of thumb is to know that it's okay to make a few mistakes. The journey to gain knowledge may not be a straight road and might be a bit bumpy. Therefore, making a little slip can be acceptable as long as the students are able to convey the message through communication.

Just remember to write and converse in ‘Natural English’.

Comparison on PT3 Writing Papers Format

Starting from 2019, a new form of assessment format was announced by The Examination Board of the Ministry of Education Malaysia for form 3 KSSM English. There was quite a few changes going on and it also brings to attention on how the writing paper will differ from the previous years.

I have listed the similarities and the differences between the older writing format and the newer one in terms of the questions and also the marking below.

PART 1

SIMILARITIES

OLD FORMAT (<2019)LATEST FORMAT (>2019)
SIMILARITIESChoose one and give reasons
Short text (50 words)
Choose one and give reasons/advice
Short text (80 words)
DIFFERENCESText for reference (allow you to lift text)
Have several formats (Postcard/email/note)
10 marks
No text for reference (you need to think of your own content)
Seem to only ask for simple note
20 marks

PART 2

DIFFERENCE

OLD FORMATNEW FORMAT
SIMILARITIES
1 topic
Longer text (More than 150 words)
1 general topic
Longer text (about 120 words)
DIFFERENCE
Formatted writing
(letter, report, article, speech etc)
More than 150 words
Specific
30 marks
Simple essay (no format)
About 120 words
General
20 marks
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How to Answer PT3 Writing Paper Part 1

Look at the following email and write a reply to Alia giving some advice, in about 80 words.

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Hi,

I’m looking forward to the next school holiday.

I would like to go travelling or take extra classes for my upcoming PT3 examination – or maybe something else?

What should I do?

Let me know what you think!

Alia

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So, how should you answer?

The first question in part 1 is to write a short message or reply to an e-mail or of the same sort. As a teacher myself, we usually taught students to always bid greetings. Well, it is in our Malaysian cultures too, right?

However, in the latest format, you can just SKIP THE GREETINGS; write it straight to the point! Let’s go back to the previous section where I told you to use English as naturally as possible.

Just imagining you are directly replying to her in the real world or in person. Just start responding by explaining why she should do this and not doing the other or you can also suggest a new idea. End your message with a sweet ending. Remember to keep your reply short but compact.

For example,

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Hi, I think you should spend your time traveling with your family during the school holiday. This is the time for you to rest your mind and body as you cannot be stressed out before sitting on your examination. Plus, you can always study while traveling too. You have online tutors, right? So, there should not be any problem for you to kill two birds with one stone. I know how much you would like to excel in your studies. Hope this helps.

(83 words)

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Easy and simple right? You do not need to write any greetings anymore. Even the mark weightage for this simple 80 words short sentences is 20 marks!

Some students asked me, do you need to use bombastic words, any jargon or idioms? Yes, you can my dear. But you do not need to use it throughout your essay.

Remember, keep your writing as simple as possible and use natural words. Besides, you can reduce your mistakes too.

I have written about PT3's latest marking scheme too. Check it out.

How to Answer PT3 Writing Paper Part 2

For the second part of the writing paper, you’ll need to write a 120 words essay on any general topics. We can say that part two are almost similar to guided writing.

Look at the sample questions.

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In a tennis club, you have been talking about the next inter-school tournament.

In about 120 words, write an essay about the preparations needed for the tournament.

You may use the notes below to help you.

  • When is the tournament?
  • Where is the venue?
  • Who can be the club representative?
  • Why should the tennis club participate?
  • How to register for the tournament?
  • What is the other preparation needed?

Write your essay

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This part is easier compared to the previous part in this section. Here, the topic is general and there is no format needed. All the points are straight forward too. Therefore, remember to keep things simple.

There are 6 notes given to help you construct your essay. Use it! For each bullet, try to write at least 3 short sentences. Just about 7 words.

7 words x 3 sentences x 6 bullets = 122 words!

Cool right?

Let me show you how 7 words x 3 sentences can be constructed from the notes given above.

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When is the tournament?

The Inter-school Tennis Tournament will be held on May 16, 2021. This is in conjunction with the Teacher's Day Celebration. Every player is expected to arrive at 8 am.

(28 words)

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You can see from the sample answer that each note needs to have at least 3 sentences to make up 1 paragraph. You only need to write about 120 words for each essay.

PT3 Essay Writing Tips

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There are several rules to remember when answering your essay questions.

Write your PT3 Essay accordingly to the questions.

DO NOT OVERWRITE your essay. You should minimize the words you use in each sentence. Remember the more sentences you write, the higher the chances of mistakes. Simple is better so you can reduce the chances of losing more marks.

Write your PT3 Essay with an easy and understandable answer

You need to make sure what you write can be understood by the examiner. With this said, you need to be extra careful in your sentence construction. Pay attention to your grammar, especially the tenses. Make sure it is consistent.

Write your PT3 Essay with a neat Handwriting

This is by most, a crucial part in writing an essay. Examiners will be pleased if you have a neat handwriting. It is okay if your handwriting is bad but make sure it is neat. Do not let your answer sheet look like scraps paper!  This is very important, not only for the examiner, but also for yourself to easily spot your spelling mistakes.

Write your PT3 Essay naturally and straightforward

For the latest PT3 format, you just need to answer as natural as possible. This means, you should use simple words to construct your sentences. Your answer should be straight forward. You don't need to beat around the bush with flowery wordings and sentences like the previous format.

You can use jargon or complicated words but not too much. This is to minimize the risk of misperception from the marker and the chances that you use it wrongly is very high too.

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It might be hard for you to write in English even though you have good English communication skills. This happens even to the English native speaker too. You can always find help from experts.

Get help from your teacher. They are surely more than happy to assist you. Besides, they are the best expert you can find near you as the 2021 PT3 Latest Marking Scheme will be marked internally. Therefore, you should start to do good to your teachers!

You can take a look at PT3 past year questions to understand more on the type of questions that might come out. Everything from the latest format, essay writing and past year questions are compiled in the Complete Guide to PT3 English for you to check out.

You can also contact Superprof essay writing experts. All of them have excellent track of experience and high records at providing guidance to students for over a decade!

“ An investment in knowledge, pays the best Interest”

-Ben Franklin

Do not be scared of examinations. Failing is the best teacher in life. Remember, none of the successful people in the world had an easy life. They fall, they stand up again and again. When they crumble, they keep on rising. When they are hurt, they always patch themselves up and keep moving forward.

I wish you all the best!

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