Scoring 100 Marks in English is No Longer A Dream. It is, in fact, an achievable reality. Given below are the Tips and Guidelines for each section of the examination paper, following which you can increase your score up to great extent.
- 1 Section A Reading
- 1.1 Comprehension Passage
- 1.2 Note-Making and Abstraction
- 2 Section B Writing Skills
- 3 Section C Literature TextBooks (Flamingo and Vistas) & Long Reading Text
“Scoring 100 Marks in English is No Longer A Dream” for Class 12th
Section A Reading
This section will have two Unseen Passages with a variety of questions including vocabulary such as word formation, inferring meanings and Note-Making.
Here you will be given two unseen passages with a variety of very short answer or MCQ questions of about 600-700 words carrying 22 marks.
Following tips will help you to attempt these questions in a more effective manner
- Read all the questions in sequence and conceptualize the answers. Do not answer any of them just now.
- Read the passage carefully and try to grasp its main theme, focusing on the content of the answers to each section.
- Now answer the questions in the order in which they have been asked. If you find it difficult to answer any of the questions, leave it for the moment and go on to the next, without wasting time. Come back to the unanswered question(s) later. If another reading of the relevant part of the passage is necessary to answer any question, you should do so.
- Finally, after you have answered all the questions, go through them to check the grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Note-Making and Abstraction
A passage of 400-500 words for Note-Making and Abstraction will be given carrying 8 marks. The cultivation of this skill would need qualities such as quick comprehension, identification of main ideas and recognition of their relevance to your needs, besides an ability to record them concisely.
Keep the following points in mind while making the Notes from the given passage
- While reading the passage, underline the matter you want to highlight for making notes.
- Usually, each paragraph contains only one main idea. Abstract it from the topic sentence and record it in your notes.
- Use abbreviations and shortened forms of commonly used words. You may invent your own shortened forms for this purpose.
Following points will help you while making the Summary of the given passage
- Having read the passage already for Note-Making, prepare a draft with the help of the main ideas you have identified.
- Check the length of the summary. If it is more than required limit, delete unnecessary words and phrases or any repetitive content.
- Check for punctuation errors, grammatical mistakes and wrong spellings. Finally, prepare the final draft.
Section B Writing Skills
Writing section will ask you to compose three different Writing Tasks:
- Short Compositions like Advertisements, Notices, Designing or Drafting or Drafting Posters, Writing Formal and Informal Invitations and Replies.
- Letter Writing including Business or Official Letters, Letters to the Editors, Application for a Job.
- Very Long Compositions like Article, Debate, Speech.
However, all the above writing tasks may seem to be different from each other but the fundamental behind each is that you have to work on your writing skills to complete each task.
Given below are some general tips which will help you in improving your writing skills.
- Get your writing reviewed by your teacher and remember the advice you were given. Try to inculcate the tips given by your teacher in your writing.
- Good writing has five components: Voice (Active/Passive voice), Organization, Ideas/Content, Conventions, and Effective use of Language. Try to keep all five in mind when you write.
- Generate thoughts by focusing on the topic.
- Jot down the thoughts quickly.
- Prepare the first draft by arranging the thoughts in proper order.
- Go through this draft carefully, and rearrange the matter, if necessary, removing all redundant expressions, repetitive sentence phrases, checking spellings and punctuations.
- After you finish, review your work and ask yourself – “Have I organized this well?” Have I expressed my ideas clearly?”
Literature TextBooks (Flamingo and Vistas) & Long Reading Text
This section can prove to be a major factor in helping you notch up a satisfying score. Holding good marks in literature section can be mastered by reading and learning facts from the textbook. But lack of preparation can take away the opportunity to earn some easy marks. The questions asked in this section, generally can be grouped three categories:
Extract Based Questions, Short Answer Type Questions, and Long Answer Type/Value Based Questions.
Follow these general guidelines for answering this section:
- The Extract Based Questions based on the poem are easy to answer with a little caution, you must know line by line explanation of the poem in order to answer accurately.
- The tricky part of remove extra space the Extract Based Questions is that it appears as if the questions are asking the same thing, but they are not, they test your in-depth knowledge and clarity of thought.
- To answer short Questions, first of all, students need to understand the questions completely and its requirements. Students need to include specific points to display their in-depth understanding of the chapter from which the questions are asked.
- The Long Answer Questions are one where you must flaunt your knowledge of the subject. However, avoid writing the summary. Give the detailed description of the incident mentioned in the question. Marks are awarded if you recognize the timeline mentioned in the question and answer accordingly.
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