GCE ‘O’ Level – Mother Tongue Listening Comprehension

Thanks for coming to Apa Kabar Bram and this another special post regarding GCE ‘O’ Level -Mother Tongue Listening Comprehension.


Today, Secondary 4 students across Singapore who are taking Mother Tongue Language (MTL) as a subject had their last GCE ‘O’ Level paper for the subject. The three main MTL are Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

Chinese Language examination started earlier and about one hour after they’d finished, it was time for the rest of the languages. Students taking Malay and Tamil languages should proceed to their designated classrooms at 1630. The usage of classroom is probably to reduce the spread of H1N1.

Around 1630, invigilators assigned for each classrooms came with a radio, question papers, Personal Multiple Choice Answer Sheets (PMCASes) and attendance slip.

Malay Language LC was broadcasted from MediaCorp Radio Ria 89.7FM while Tamil Language LC was broadcasted from MediaCorp Radio Oli 96.8FM.

The audio for LC would be broadcasted at 1700 and while waiting, invigilators gave out PMCASes. The PMCASes will be matched with students’ confirmation slip numbers to reduce inaccuracy. After that, the radio was turned on to make sure that every single students, especially those seated at the back of the classroom, could hear what the audio played later on in order to answer the questions.

Soon, question papers were distributed. This was followed with identity checking, to make sure the person sitting for the exam is the same.

While waiting for the audio to be played, the channel played some Indonesian songs sung by Gigi. The single was Sebelas Januari if I’m not mistaken. Another song was the theme song for sinetron “Melati Untuk Marvel” sung by ST12. In between the songs, there was an English rock song being played but I didn’t know the name of the singer and the title of the song.

Every few minutes, there were announcements saying that there will be LC at 5pm. Before it commenced, the channel run headline news segment. Among the news were suspects of Jakarta bombings, North and South Korea war anniversary and robbery case in Singapore.

At 16.59, Ria played the LC audio. There were four excerpts.

First excerpt was discussing about dentistry. The excerpt was read in documentary format.

Second excerpt talked about cooking. The excerpt was in conversation form.

Third excerpt talked about food. It was read in news format.

Fourth excerpt was about dedication and was read in monologue format.

The questions and multiple answers were read after one excerpt. Usually, first and second excerpt have two questions each. Third and fourth excerpt have three questions each. In total, there were ten questions and 40 multiple answers. Each questions worths two marks.

After the last excerpt was played, all the excerpts would be played back without any pause for questions and MAs. The LC ended at 1725 and extra time of one minute and 30 seconds was given to check our answers and make sure our answers were in PMCAS.


I do hope that I don’t violate SEAB’s copyright law. If I break it, I will delete this post. My blog and I respect the copyright law and are trying not to violate the law.


This article is posted from my Nokia N95. For now, good day.


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