Sijil Pelajaran Tinggi Malaysia (STPM) is regarded as one of the most cost-effective Pre-University programmes in Malaysia. Since 2012, the examination has been revamped and every subject is now taught in 3 semesters.
The STPM Malay subject is commonly taken by Art Stream students in Form Six. Continue to read further to learn more about this subject and the benefits of taking STPM after completing your secondary school studies.
How do examiners mark your STPM Malay paper for different semesters?
It is important to have the same amount of enthusiasm and understanding throughout your three semesters of taking the STPM Malay subject during your Form Six studies. Having said that, you certainly should know how your papers are graded differently every semester.
Here is the breakdown according to different semesters:
Semester 1 STPM Malay (910/1)
For your 1st semester, your 910/1 paper will be entirely marked by an external examiner. This includes your Bahagian A, Bahagian B and Bahagian C. The marks for every section will be totalled up and the grade and pointer will be revealed to you when the official result of your first semester is released.
Bahagian A- 20 objective questions [20m]
Bahagian B- 3 structured questions [30m]
Bahagian C- Esei [50m]
Semester 2 STPM Malay (910/2 ) and (910/4)
For your 2nd semester, your 910/2 paper consists of only Bahagian A and Bahagian B. This will also be graded by an external examiner.
During this semester, you will also sit for the 910/4 paper (Coursework assessment in the form of Penulisan esei berformat).
You have to write 8 essays, where all 8 of them will be graded by your subject teacher. The test date is set by your school according to the timeline given by Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia. The final grade of Semester 2 is a combination of your 910/2 paper and your 910/4 paper.
Bahagian A- 30 objective questions [30m]
Bahagian B- 8 structured questions [30m]
Coursework assessment- 8 esi tidak berformat (total 25m)
Semester 3 STPM Malay (910/3) and (910/5)
For your final semester, your 910/3 paper consists of only Bahagian A and Bahagian B, which will be evaluated by an external marker. You will also participate in another coursework assessment (the 910/5 paper) which constitutes the Penulisan Ilmiah.
Penulisan Ilmiah is a coursework group project, where a group of four or five students write and present on their selected topic. Both the paperwork (the essay) and the presentation will be taken into account for the marks of this section. Similarly, your final grade of Semester 3 is also the combination of your 910/3 and the 901/5 paper.
To understand more about how to score the best grade for each semester, you can refer to the marking scheme for the three semesters.
Bahagian A- 20 objective questions [20m]
Bahagian B- 12 structured questions [45m]
Coursework assessment- Penulisan Ilmiah [50m]
Tackling objective & subjective questions in STPM Malay paper
For Bahagian A for all 3 semesters, here are some keywords and key points that you can take notes of or circle when you are answering the questions. Some of the commonly asked objective question forms are as follows:
a) Finding the correct or incorrect statement (Pernyataan mana yang tidak benar)
Questions like this require you to come out with a direct and single answer.
b) Finding the right pairs
A- I, II
B- I, III
C- II, IV
D- III, IV
Questions like this require you to check the accuracy of two statements or phrases. If one of them is confirmed to be wrong, you can eliminate two answers immediately. For instance, after reading you are sure that statement IV is wrong, then the final answer will boil down between A or B.
For Bahagian B, do take note that the number of questions and mark allocation differs according to semesters.
3 subjective questions based on one long passage (30m)
- Questions that require short answers where you explain the meaning straightforwardly (Jelaskan maksud)
- 1 long question summarizing some important points (Beri ulasan dalam 150 patah perkataan)
Read the questions before reading the paragraphs to scan for the answers immediately. Remember not to exceed the word limit for the long question too.
8 subjective questions [30m]
- Berikan maksud perkataan/ kata
-Nyatakan 2 ciri/ 3 contoh/ ayat
You need to remember the brief definitions of certain Malay grammatical rules. Furthermore, make sure you know the major differences between various language grammar components.
12 subjective questions [45m]
- Read short texts/ diagrams and answer questions based on them
- Write a short discussion not more than 60 words based on the texts
Time allocation is important as you need to answer ALL the 12 questions plus objective questions. According to the syllabus, there are 6 components that you need to master for the 3rd semester.
For every semester, the same principle remains. Practice makes perfect. You can equip yourself with various resources and sufficient practice with past year papers and STPM Malay model exercises.
Advantage of taking the new STPM program for Form 6
a) You get to focus on specific modules every semester
Forget about being overwhelmed and stressed to remember EVERYTHING throughout your 18 months of studies in Form 6. In the case of STPM Malay, the new syllabus currently consists of 12 language titles that students need to master. You can also read more about the STPM Malay format which includes the complete STPM syllabus.
During every semester, students will only be tested on what they are being taught during their classes for their examination. For instance, Semantik is a concept that is introduced and taught during the 3rd semester. It will only be asked during that semester. You do not have to study this concept beforehand when you are sitting for your 1st semester and 2nd semester. It does not affect your performance and proficiency during your eventual examination.
b) You can experience a balanced curriculum with examination and coursework assessment
It gives you more opportunities to explore various language learning styles. Instead of just memorizing facts and learning to write standard Malay essays on general issues, you get to learn more proactively through group discussion (in-depth) and master various essay formatted writings (broaden your horizon).
Coursework assessment will enhance your soft skills especially your leadership skills, presentation and research skills to help you in university and when you enter the workforce later.
c) You can improve your overall final grade as retaking is possible
This is perhaps the best takeaway of sitting for STPM. It is the chance for you to upgrade your grade for all three semesters. Undeniably, it can also lower the pressure of students when preparing for the examinations. It is not final till it is final. It is also quite affordable to resit for your subject. You only need to pay RM50 to resit per subject.
Having said that, this option should be used wisely and treated as a plan B. It is something that students should not take for granted.
d) You will end up with a locally and globally recognized academic qualification
It does not matter if you want to enrol in a local or international university, STPM is a widely recognized Pre-U programme. The final grade follows a pointer system, where 4.00 is the highest cumulative grade.
Whether you are planning to study in Australia, UK, South Korea, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, you can be at ease that you are on the right track! STPM will always be included in the entry requirements.
Why take STPM Malay and how to be better in Malay?
STPM Malay is a comprehensive and culturally rich subject. Here are some benefits of taking the subject for your Form Six studies:
a) You will possess high-level written and spoken Malay proficiency
The STPM Malay syllabus has an equal emphasis on all the language learning components. By the end of your Form 6 studies, you will certainly be capable to speak, write, listen and read Malay well!
b) You will have global and local career opportunities
Multilingual candidates stand a better chance to get their first job and better job offers in the future as compared to monolingual job seekers. Thinking of a teaching career in Malay? Your STPM Malay qualification will come in handy! You can even study Malay for your undergraduate studies and become a teacher or lecturer.
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