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2014 HKDSE English Language

Paper 1 Reading
By Emmett Poon

Final Tips

Choosing B1 or B2?
2012-2013 B1 B1 B2
B1 B2 B1 Level 4 B1 Level
4 Level 3 Level 2 Poems, Songs, Drama
Scripts, Novels B1 Language Arts
B2 Level 5**B1 Level 4
Time allocation
Part A
Part B2

30 -40 minutes
50 -60 minutes

Or for weaker candidates:

Part A
Part B1
[You may complete Part B1 before doing Part A]

40 minutes
50 minutes

Skip those questions if you have no ideas at that moment. Come back to the question later on
You can do the questions randomly, that means no need to follow the order. Some of the
questions can be easily done in a short period of time.
If abnormality occurs and the above time allocation cannot be worked out effectively. Make
sure you also need to follow the follow rule:
1 mark = 0.8 minutes = 48 seconds

Steps for doing Reading Exercise

Read the title and introductory paragraph (if provided). This can give you a quick summary of
the passage
Read the first and last paragraph. Also read the topic sentence of other paragraphs
Go to the Questions and search for the answers in the reading comprehension

For Poems and Songs, Novels, Drama Scripts, you are highly advised to read the whole text before
answering the questions.
Important Notes for answering questions
e.g. Why is Hong Kong better than China in terms of education?
Hong Kong has good secondary schools and medical care.
better education
Hong Kong has a better secondary school education system than China.

This is exactly the rule for questions including refer to, Matching and most direct questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

Eliminate answers which are:
Illogical (no sense)
Wrong facts and opinions

Partly correct
Choose the best options instead of good options!

True, False, Not Given

Note modal verbs, tenses, adjectives, plurality and singularity ( True
False/Not Given)
True + False = False
False + Not Given = Not Given
Summary Cloze
Locate the answer by the key words and language items in the summary cloze
Remember to have language and pronoun adaptation
For those which you are required to use one word, summarize the terms into a single word (e.g.
father and mother parents)
Open-ended Question
The questions may ask you for your opinions or summarize the ideas from the passage
Remember to have a clear idea and topic sentence followed by the elaboration
If necessary, quote from the reading passage
Interpret meanings
The phrases are usually easy to comprehend literally. However, they contain deeper meanings
The author may want to present an abstract concept in a vivid way. He must have given the hints in
the passage
Remember to quote the sentences and phrases which give hints to the answers
The answer is obvious when you can locate the hints
Do you agree?
Give your stance as you like. However, the stance should be highly related to the passage
List the reasons in the passage only. Never make up reasons and evidence by your common sense
Style of the article
Formal (with long expressions, firmer tone and more standard)
Informal (with contracted forms and expressions)
Literary (with polished words, usually with narrative style)
Common themes of the poems
About Love
About Friendship
About Family
About Nature
About Role Models
About Past and Present
Skills for novels
Make a table for the characters in the novel
Mark down their action and dialogue
Try to eliminate the polished phrases and expressions so that you can get the ultimate plot for the
As the extract of the novel is selected from a relatively long story, just treat the text as a minor event
in the passage with a few actions from the characters



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