To keep up with the changing demands and context of the world we live in, exam syllabi undergo changes from time to time. The latest change is for the General Paper exam from 2024 onwards, which will affect this year’s JC 1 students.
While the differences to content is slight, the exam format has been adjusted in several ways. As a result, students entering JC in 2023 and later should take note when using past year papers as practice.
1. There will be fewer essay questions and topics
For a long time, the GP essay component has offered 12 topics for students to choose from. In the new format, this will be reduced to 8 questions.
To account for the reduction in questions, the topics covered will also be reduced, although they remain largely very broad – true to the subject title of “General” Paper. We examine the lists of topics from the old and new syllabus below:
- Historical, social, cultural, economic, political and philosophical topics
- Science including its history, philosophy, general principles, current developments and applications
- Mathematical and geographical topics
- Literature and language
- Arts and crafts
- Topics of local interest and global concern.
- society and culture
- the arts and humanities
- science and technology
- the environment
- topics of local, regional and global significance, current affairs
Overall, the list of topics and reduction in questions don’t seem to spell any significant change for students. Most of the topics are still very general and offers plenty of choices for students. You can check out the sample paper of this revised format provided by MOE and the Cambridge Assessment International Education.