I know you must be anxious on how PT3 is marked? Well, you have come to the right place. Before I start, let us get to know what is PT3.
PT3 is Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 or Form 3 Assessment. PT3 is taken by 15 years old students. From here we know that the middle school final test wasn't called examination but instead an assessment.
PT3 started in 2014 after PMR (Penilaian Menengah Rendah, Lower Secondary School’s Examination) which then, they assessed the examination through Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia, LPM (Malaysia Examination Council). LPM will have their own examination markers where all the examination papers will be sent to another state to be marked.
This kind of examination will ensure no bias to any specific students, races and religions. However, since 2014, LPM introduced PT3 which is done by school-based. This assessment will be assessed throughout the year by the subject’s teacher. The marking instruments and standardized grading has been prepared by LPM.
This type of assessment have it pros and cons which I will tell you later in this article. So before we begin, let me explain to you, what is the assessment instrument for PT3 English Paper Marking Scheme
Assessment Instrument for PT3 English Paper
Starting from 2019, all PT3 candidate will need to sit for assessment test for every subjects registered. This assessment is done as a school-based test. If the candidate is absent or did not take it, they will be considered as a no show candidate for that particular subjects. The consequences is failing the examination.
However, if the candidate is absent due to sickness or any unavoidable circumstances, they will need to provide all the supporting documents to the principle of the school before PT3 examination ends. The only acceptable documents are such as a doctor’s letter or police letter.
The differences between PT3 started in 2014 and the latest instrument is that the grading will follow The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) measuring system.
Based on the Malaysia Ministry of Education, the target for PT3 candidate will start at level A1 to B1. The language proficiency is measured into 4 communicative skills from A1 progressing to A2 (Basic user); B1 into B2 (Independent user); and C1 to C2 (Proficient User) (The Star, 2019).
According to the local newspaper, the general proficiency level for form 5 students was inly at A2. That is considered very weak. Hopefully, with the implementation of PT3, the English proficiency level for PT3 student might reach A2 and progressing fast to B1 or B2 by the time they sit for SPM.
Let us see how is the marking breakdown of PT3 English paper 2021.
The Latest PT3 Grading Range
PT3 has changed their grading range since 2016. The new range is considered more competitive and effective to grade the student.
Check out the difference between the old and the latest grading range.
- 85 - 100 : A : Cemerlang
- 70 - 84 : B : Kepujian
- 60 - 69 : C : Baik
- 50 - 59 : D : Memuaskan
- 40 - 49 : E : Mencapai Tahap Minimum
- 0 - 39 : F : Belum Mencapai Tahap Minimum
- TH : TH : Tidak Hadir
From the previous grading, getting E means failed, but not in the latest grading range. You are considered failed only if you get grade F or absent. I know all of you here will target to get A’s, so, please just focus to get 85% and above. Don't even bother to look at the other grading, okay? You can also find the PT3 Latest Format at Superprof.
PT3 Latest English Paper Marking Scheme
There are four papers in English (Bahasa Inggeris) subjects. The total weightage for each paper is 25% that will accumulated into 100%. Let’s see how the paper is being divided.
Paper 1 - Reading
Paper 1 English PT3 will test your reading and the use of English. There are 40 questions that are divided into 5 parts. Each correct answer is awarded with 1 mark, thus the total marks for this paper is 40 marks. The time allocated for paper 1 is 1 hour and 15 minutes.
This paper will test your knowledge in linguistic, reading, understanding and the skills for information transfer.
Paper 2 - Essay
The essay and writing paper has 2 questions. The first question is a short communicative message with 20 marks. The second questions is the notes expansion that also has 20 marks. The overall time allocated for paper 2 is 1 hour only.
For this paper, you will need to have the ability to write and express your creativity in the English language. Check out our tips on writing an essay for PT3.
Paper 3 – Speaking
I know everyone hated to speak especially when you are being evaluated in your speaking skills. Fret not, this test will only take 11 minutes in total! Believe me, you wouldn't have enough time to get any breakdown during this test.
!This test will be carried out internally with your class teacher and classmates. This test environment is set to let you feel more comfortable conversing in English. The overall mark for this test is 20.
There are 3 parts in speaking test. The first part is interview section. The question asked will be very easy and simple. The second part is the individual prompt-card story. Here you’ll receive a card and you’ll need to talk about the question on the card. The last part is the discussion part. Did I told you that you are going to do the speaking test with your partner?
The question asked for you and friend will be different. However, during the last session, you will need to discuss verbally with your friend about the questions given. You will need to be able to express your opinion.
There will be 2 examiners during the test. The first examiner can give you up to 15 marks meanwhile the other examiner will act as intercalator and able to give you 5 marks.
Paper 4 – Listening
For the listening test, there will be 25 questions with a total of 25 marks overall. This test is divided into 4 parts. You’ll be tested in your listening skills. This test will take up 35 minutes.
Are you excited yet to sit for PT3 examination? You can get the latest PT3 English Papers at Superprof.
The Pros and Cons of PT3
Well, the debates for the pros and cons of PT3 over PMR has been on since the first year of PT3 implementation in 2014. It has been 7 years since. Here is the advantages of PT3.
- The new format of speaking and listening test will help students to develop their communication skills.
- Teachers will have more time to focus on individual students’ achievement and are able to help weaker student to improve in assessment.
- Students are able to make continuous improvements.
- Students are not able to simply skip schools due to the on-going assessment which is at random.
- Students are taught to consistently study and not only stressed on final examination.
- Students will become more respectful of teachers as the teachers are the one who’s going to mark their assessment test.
- Students are unable to fulfil the examination’s requirement due to not enough assessment done.
- Even with the standardize grading method, teachers still can be biased towards their preferable students.
- Malaysian education standard has been downgraded.
- It is hard for teachers to assess each student individually as they teach a lot of students – imagine 1 class, 30 students, and they teach 10 classes in total. So 300 students to continuously assessed.
- All the quiet and introvert student might be invisible to the teacher and are unable to get extra marks compared to the extrovert students.
Tips to Score PT3 English Paper
We have looked at the marking scheme and PT3 English Instruments. You have also take a look at the pros and cons of PT3 assessment. Can you guess what are tips Superprof going to share with you? Check out the Complete Guide to PT3 English for more tips.
If you understand enough all the formats, getting a lot of exercises by doing past year papers and sharpened your English essay writing, I believe you will get outstanding grade in your PT3.
Let me share with you few extra tips to get A in your PT3 test.
- Never skip schools or there is a chance you will miss the test
- Be ready at all time as the assessment will be done at random
- Get help from teachers, friends or tutor if you are weak in any subjects
- Be good to your teachers as they will be the one to access your paper
- Try to speak more such as asking teacher questions during class as the teacher will remember you and they can make good assessment for you
You know PT3 assessment is not very hard to score. If you are weak in the subjects, look for alternative learning method. You can also get extra classes at tuition centre or tutor. You can find a lot of experience tutors at Superprof too! Tutors at Superprof will always be readily available anytime if you need them.
Last but not least, all the best and enjoy your day-to-day classes.