Ferdinand | EducationGhana |May 24|2023 BECE English Paper, Structure, How to Pass Successfully and the Marking Scheme
To pass the BECE English paper, it’s important to have a solid understanding of the exam’s structure, marking scheme, and how to approach each section. Here’s an introduction to the BECE English paper, its structure, and the marking scheme
Introduction to BECE English
The BECE English paper assesses students’ proficiency in the English language, including reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and writing skills. The exam is usually divided into different sections, each focusing on specific aspects of English language usage.
The 2023 BECE is the last BECE of the Old Objective Based Curriculum.
Structure of the 2023 English Paper
The structure of the BECE English paper may vary slightly from year to year, but it typically consists of the following sections:
The paper is structured into TWO PARTS or PAPERS., the Essay and Objective Parts or Questions. WITH three Sub-sections/parts, Part 1 Consists of the;
Paper 2 Consists of Three parts, PART A which is the Essay writing, Part B which is the Comprehension question and PART C which consist of Ten Literature Questions from the book ‘Cock Crow’
Paper 1 is made up of Multiple Choice Questions divided into four sections.
Section A is known as the LEXIS AND STRUCTURE, which has a total of 15 multiple-choice questions
The section is made up of questions meant to best complete sentences. For Instance, a question shall be passed with the directive;
“From the list of alternative letters A to D, choose THE ONE WHICH BEST COMPLETES EACH OF THE SENTENCES.
- Mother could not prepare the dish because there was …….oil available. A. small B. little C. a little D. some.
- The sick man ……….in bed for three months. A. lay B. lain C. lid D. lie
Section B consists of questions which include keywords whose synonyms shall be requested. It comes with the directive;
From the words or group of words letters A to D, choose the one that is nearest in meaning to the underlined words or group of words in each sentence.
- Aina is the one who initiated the quarrel, not Halima. A. started B. stopped C. settled D. fuelled
Section C consists of questions which include keywords whose antonyms shall be requested. It comes with the directive;
From the words or group of words letters A to D, choose the one that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined words or group of words in each sentence.
- Ameley raised herself from a state of poverty to one of ……..A. affluence B. fame C. glory D. grace
Section D consists of questions including idiomatic expressions, etc.
a. Multiple Choice Questions: This section contains a series of questions with multiple options. Students are required to select the correct answer for each question. The Multiple choice questions cover the Grammer aspect of the Curriculum.
It entails Parts of Speech, Tenses, idiomatic EXPRESSIONS, ANTONYMS AND SYNONYMS, qUESTION AND aNSWER tAGS ETC
Grammar: This section assesses students’ understanding of English grammar rules. It includes questions on sentence structure, parts of speech, tenses, punctuation, and more.
Vocabulary: Students are tested on their knowledge of English vocabulary. This section may include word definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and context-based questions.
b. Literature: The literature aspect of the paper contains ten questions from the ‘Cock Crow’ Literature book which the candidates are expected to answer for ten maks.
Part 2 Consists of ;
Essay Writing: Students are given a choice of essay topics and are required to write an organized and coherent essay on the chosen topic. This section tests students’ ability to express ideas effectively, use appropriate language, and structure their writing.
Part3 Consists of ;
c. Summary Writing: Students are given a longer passage or text, and they are required to summarize it in a given number of words. This section tests students’ ability to extract key information and express it concisely.
How to Pass the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) English questions
To pass the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) English questions, here are some tips and strategies that can help you prepare effectively:
- Understand the exam format: Familiarize yourself with the structure and requirements of the English exam. Study past papers or exam guides to understand the types of questions asked, the time allotted, and the scoring criteria.
- Build your vocabulary: Enhance your vocabulary by reading extensively. Read books, newspapers, and articles to expose yourself to a wide range of words and their usage. Make a habit of noting down unfamiliar words and their meanings.
- Improve your grammar: Study and practice grammar rules to ensure you have a solid foundation in English grammar. Understand parts of speech, tenses, sentence structure, and punctuation. Practice sentence construction and correction exercises.
- Enhance your comprehension skills: Develop your reading comprehension skills by practising reading passages and answering questions based on them. Pay attention to details, main ideas, inference, and vocabulary in the context of the passage.
- Practice writing: Work on your writing skills by practising different types of writing tasks, such as essays, letters, and summaries. Pay attention to grammar, punctuation, organization, and coherence. Practice expressing your ideas clearly and concisely.
- Work on your listening skills: Listening comprehension is an important aspect of the English exam. Practice listening to audio recordings or videos and answering questions based on the information provided. Pay attention to details, main ideas, and the speaker’s tone or intention.
- Time management: Allocate your time wisely during the exam. Read the instructions carefully and plan how much time you will allocate to each section or question. Prioritize easier questions to ensure you have enough time for more challenging ones.
- Practice past papers: Solve past exam papers or practice questions to become familiar with the exam style and to identify areas where you need improvement. Analyze your mistakes and learn from them.
- Seek help if needed: If you’re struggling with specific concepts or topics, don’t hesitate to seek help from teachers, tutors, or online resources. They can provide guidance, clarify doubts, and offer additional practice materials.
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The BECE English paper is marked according to a specific marking scheme. While the exact details of the marking scheme may vary, it generally includes the following considerations:
a. Correct answers: Marks are awarded for correct answers in the multiple-choice and comprehension sections. The multiple choice questions arev30 and carries one mark each.
b. Content and organization: In the summary and essay writing sections, marks are awarded based on the relevance of the content, logical organization, coherence, and proper use of paragraphs.
c. Grammar and vocabulary: Marks are given for accurate and appropriate use of grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and vocabulary.
d. Spelling and neatness: Proper spelling and legible handwriting contribute to the overall presentation of the paper and may be taken into account during marking.
e. Length and word count: In the summary and essay writing sections, the length of the response and adherence to the specified word count may also be considered. The Essay is expected to be about 250 words.
It’s crucial to read and understand the instructions for each section carefully. Practice using past exam papers and familiarize yourself with the marking scheme to get a sense of what the examiners are looking for.
Remember to manage your time effectively during the exam, allocate appropriate time for each section, and revise your answers if time permits. Lastly, proofread your written responses to correct any mistakes before submitting your paper.
Remember, regular practice, consistent effort, and a positive mindset are key to performing well in any exam. Good luck with your preparations for the BECE English exam!
Good luck with your BECE English exam!
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