I believe most students often turn away from writing essays. This is the hardest part for us non-native English speakers. However, essay writing is the most common form of assessment in any subject at the school and university level. How do you think you will survive in your journey of seeking knowledge?

You will soon find out that there are even essay questions in mathematics. What? Trust me, essays will be applied across almost all disciplines. Essentially, writing an essay is one of the academic pieces to gather the writer’s point of view or simply to know the depth of understanding in certain concepts that would only suffice by an explanation.

The student would be assessed on their comprehension of the topics by assigning an essay writing task to them. But writing an essay is not hard if you know how to decode or analyze the question well.

At the end of the article, you will be able to have more confidence in your writing.

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Read, Read, Read for SPM Essay Writing

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I know reading has never been one of the Malaysian cultures and habits. Currently, the statistics of reading in Malaysia per person is only 6 books a year. This is not a good number. However, you as a youth, the new generation of Malaysia, can change this perception.

Reading is a better way after traveling to know about the world. When you are absorbed in reading, you’ll be able to learn so many things. The only way to increase your vocabulary is through reading and seldomly through communication. You can also improve your grammar and sentence construction through reading.

If you only depend on communication, that won’t help you a lot due to the broken English that is widely used in Malaysia. Not to mention, our favorite type of English, ‘Rojak English’ or “Manglish”. You can only obtain confidence in speaking but not the writing styles and perfect tenses.

Come and let me show you how to understand further on the SPM Latest 2021 format and tips of writing SPM Bahasa Inggeris (1119/2) Paper 2.

Understanding SPM Essay Questions and the Writing Format

All SPM examination papers are regulated by the Ministry of Education (MOE) In all examinations, reading and understanding the question’s need is very important. Most students tend to deviate from the main ideas of the question due to their lack of ability to understand the question properly.

Most questions can be divided into 3 major parts, directive words, content words, and limiting words.

Example

Discuss the difference between two idols that you like according to the nature of work.

The bold ‘Discuss’ is the directive or instructional word that you need to follow. Another example of directive words can be, compare and contrast, critical evaluation, reflection, discussion and etc.

The word to limit the scope is the italic ‘difference’, ‘two idols’, and ‘you like’. The question specifically asks you to write about the particular purposes whether time, place, person, or demographic.

The content words are the underlined ‘nature of work’. This is the subject of your essay that you will need to discuss. The content word can be very narrow or broad depending on the cases.

Once you have understood the question, you will need to determine the format of the essay to be written. There are many different types of continuous writing for SPM English paper such as,

  • Narrative Essay
    • Story with purpose
    • Usually, first-person but can be the third person too
  • Descriptive Essay
    • Explain, illustrate, describe
    • Written in a debate format
    • Can be first person or third person
  • Reflective
    • Thoughtful, reasoning
    • Describing information
    • Written in the first person

Meanwhile, the format and types of directed writing for the SPM English Paper are listed below.

  • Article
  • Letter (Informal or formal)
  • Report
  • Informative letter
  • Talk or speech
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Writing Tips for SPM Essay Writing

Drafting for SPM Essay Writing

As a student, we always thought that drafting is such a waste of time. But, NO! Drafting will allow you to manage your writing well. So you will know that you have your main ideas, supporting reasons, and examples constructed well in a paragraph.

During the examination, you do not need to make a proper, colorful, and complicated draft just like you learned in class. You just need to scribble on the question paper regarding the ideas. This is when you should adopt the concept of 5 wives and a husband. Remember?

  • Who
  • When
  • What
  • Where
  • Why
  • How

Essay Construction for SPM Essay Writing

While constructing your essay, you will need to bear in mind that you would want to reduce the mistakes and not waste time. This is why you will need to refer to the essay draft that you have made. Make sure you have a good construction of the essay complete with an introduction, main ideas, and conclusion.

You should use a simple word to construct your sentences. You can use jargon or complicated word but make sure it’s not more than 3 words. Why? This is to minimize the risk of a misunderstanding from the marker who perhaps does not know the word and you might lose some marks there. Besides, the chances for you to use it wrongly is very high too as you rarely use the word.

Next, make sure your writing is neat. This is very important not only for the examiner but also for yourself to easily spot your spelling mistakes. Moreover, take note of your grammars, especially the tenses. Make sure it is consistent.

Last but not least, DO NOT OVERWRITE your essay. Try to minimize the words that you use but exceed the word requirements. Remember the more sentences you write, the higher the chances are for you to make more mistakes. So, keep your writing minimal and you can reduce the chances of you losing more marks.

Time Management for SPM Essay Writing

You need to set a proper and reasonable time for you to complete answering your SPM Paper 2 in writing an essay. Remember that you will only have 90 minutes to answer a total of 3 questions.

  1. First Questions – 80 words
  2. Second Questions – 120 – 150 words
  3. Third Questions – 200-250 words

As I have said in the previous part, keep your writing minimal so as to avoid making more mistakes. So here, you have a total of 480 words (I counted the maximum words you will need to write as a buffer), and you have only 90 minutes to finish your writing.

Let us do some math.

  • First Questions - 90 minutes divide by  480 and multiply with 80 = 15 minutes
  • Second Questions – 90 minutes divide by 480 and multiply with 150 = 28 minutes
  • Third Questions – 90 minutes divide by 480 and multiply with 250 = 47 minutes

So, from the math above, we know the allocation of the time needed to answer all three questions. However, you will also need to remember that you should always proofread your answer. Thus, you would need to spend at least 10 minutes on that.

How to Answer Your SPM Essay Writing Paper

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Let me show you how to draft your essay.

Bahasa Inggeris (1119/2) - Kertas 2

Part 3 SPM

Answer one of the questions 3 – 5 in this part. Make sure your writing is between 200 – 250 words with the appropriate format according to the question. Place the question number in the box at the top of the answer sheet.

Question 3

Article Wanted

My School Canteen

  • What types of food would you like to be served at the canteen?
  • What kind of special facilities should your canteen have?
  • How can you improve your school canteen?

Write us an article answering these questions.

The best article will be displayed in the school magazine.

Step 1

Identify the format of the essays and how many words you should write. Then you will need to set a reasonable time to write the draft, writing and proofread (checking).

  • Format: Article
  • Length: 200-250 words
  • Time
    • Draft – 5 minutes
    • Writing – 30 minutes
    • Proofread – 5 minutes

Step 2

Start to draft.

  • Introduction: 10 % of the writing

Where is your school located,

How student like/dislike current food sold at the canteen,

Why is it important to have good food

  • Main Ideas: 80 % of the writing

What kind of foods would you like to be served? Why? Who will get the benefit? Or What?

What special facilities should your canteen have? Why? How to implement it?

How can you improve your canteen? Why? Who should take charge?

  • Conclusion: 10 % of the writing

Wrap up the essay. What and Why students need a good canteen and food to be served. Give a final recommendation.

Find out more on How to Get A in SPM 2021 English.

Get Help From SPM Essay Writing Expert

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If you are still confused and lack confidence in writing your essay, you can always find help from an expert. Take a look at the SPM English Format and SPM Past Papers to understand further what is the exact SPM format, SPM Example Questions, and where you can score and improve.

Besides, go and find your teacher. They are the most expert as the 2021 SPM Latest Marking Scheme shows that 3 over 4 of SPM English papers will be marked internally. Therefore, you should start to do good for your teachers!

Nonetheless, if all the above is still not enough for you, you can contact Superprof essay writing expert. All of them have excellent track of experience and high records at providing guidance to students for over a decade!

I sincerely hope that all the tips above will help you achieve a good result in your essay writing!

All the best.

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