Probable Questions for October/November 2015

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A continuity to the Tradition: Like in the past, I am attempting to predict (so to say) questions that could show up in the upcoming October/November examination of 2015.

Disclaimer First: These predictions are in no way scientific or really probable.

Justification: However, these could be some topics you could brainstorm and practice upon, in order to prepare for your General Paper exams.


Avoid Confusion: Either of the 8004 and 8001 components, whichever you are attempting if you are an international student, is expected to have similar questions, if you see the trend of the past. So, do not be confused!


Special Syllabus: Mauritian students with syllabus code 8009 and the Singaporean students with 8807 syllabus will have specialized set of questions which are different from the questions administered for the 8001 and 8004 syllabuses. They are more localized (to suit country specific needs). The syllabus content, questions type and answering style however are similar to that of 8001 paper and having a different syllabus makes no difference to you because, after all, these are not the questions that you'll actually see in the paper during your exam.

Quick Tip: How long essay to write?

Answer (or essays) you write for 8004 paper can be shorter (500 - 600 words but not more) while essays for all other papers 8001, 8009, and 8807 should be written in the word range of 500 - 800 words.

Tips to do well in exam:

  • Read a lot, & write a lot starting from now!
  • Read for contents and write for practice.
To score good marks in "[appropriate] Use of English"
  • Don't worry about vocabularies. Simple words are enough. Your ideas should be communicated (articulated) well. That's all.
  • Write in simple clear language, being as much specific as you can. Hitting about the bush is not appreciated.
  • Pay attention to spelling errors and grammar! (Note: If you consider yourself weak at grammar, avoid being purist and go with the flow of your essay and you'll get these automatically right [usually]!)
To score Good marks in "Content"
  • Give relevant examples, facts, statistics, quotations, reasoning, and your opinions in appropriate places (esp. in body paragraphs, but sometimes in the introduction and conclusion).

Predictions Now!!

Section 1: Historical, social, economic, political and philosophical topics.

  1. History shows that no country has ever benefited from war. Is there any truth to this statement?
  2. Is the coming age going to be the age of knowledge?
  3. How have technology affected human lives in the past two decades?
  4. World's refugee problem is not going to be solved anytime soon. What are your views?
  5. How far has the government been able to meet the expectation of people in your country?

Section 2: Science, including its history, philosophy, general principles and applications; environmental issues; mathematical topics

  1. Are natural disasters by-products of human's desire for prosperity and development?
  2. Today, most of the world's governments are concerned about energy security. How far do you agree?
  3. Scientists can save us from any kinds of epidemics and pandemics that could outbreak in the future. Do you agree?
  4. "Mathematics is only for nerds. It has no use to common people." Is this a fair comment?
  5. Can plastic use be completely replaced by biodegradable alternatives? 

Section 3: Literature and language, arts and crafts.


  1. What could be the value of fine arts in the future?
  2. We need to protect all the minority languages for our coming generations. Do you agree?
  3. Ancient artifacts are traded in millions. Why?
  4. Are digital art-forms replacing traditional arts in your country?
  5. Describe a prose that you have enjoyed most in your entire life.

That's all!

Wish you good luck for your exams! :)

Comments

  1. Thank you a lot for your support.Your site is very useful.I hope sincerely that your prediction will become true,

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  2. I hope it is really the same, interesting site

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  3. Need some brief ideas for section one . It will be really helpful ! Thnx :)

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    1. If you make more specific requests, then only I will be able to help you!

      Thanks you!

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    2. Thanks for your help and need more ideas on section one

      Thank U!!!

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  4. Hi sir, can you please give me some ideas what can i write on this particular topic "How far has the government been able to meet the expectation of people in your country?" Thank you.

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    1. The answer has to entirely focus to the people's expectation from government of your country and how far those expectations have been met.

      In your intro, your thesis statement might look like:

      "In my country X, the government has been successful in maintaining healthy rate of infrastructural development, and good governance even though it could not maintain unemployment level below the rate of 5%."

      So, you can discuss about government's expenditure on infrastructures:

      "People expected the current government to build transport facilities, especially the electricity run trains, in all the major cities of the country in order to reduce transportation cost, carbon emission (or pollution), and road accidents due to road congestion. People's need in this area was fulfilled in due time by establishing the XYZ railway service and bringing it into operation."

      You can similarly discuss on the areas of unemployment, inflation, tax policy, investment-friendly climate, education, health, and so on. Take up a simple topic that is relevant and explain the people's position, and the government's action regarding it.

      Hope you got some ideas!

      Thanks.

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  5. Thanks a lot for your site. It is really encouraging, hope to get these types of questions.

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  6. omg my teachers predictions and yours are almost the same

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  7. Some ideas for energy security pls?

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    1. Here are a couple of links that will explain the concept well:

      What is energy security?

      Wikipedia article on Energy Security

      Basic concept, we all need energy (fossil fuels, electricity, etc) to survive. So, we need to ensure supply of energy uninterruptedly by conserving, looking for alternatives, or diversifying sources, etc. But this is a very broad topic as you'll see in the articles above.

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  8. hello sir.I am a gp student and i've some problem in paper 1.May i contact u in private?it will be really helpful sir.Thanks

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  9. Hello sir, thank you for this helpful page :)
    Is there any reference for the topics because some of them are quite difficult to find strong points

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    1. Please make use of the world wide web, to find information for any topics you find difficult.

      If you think any one question really difficult, then abandon that question because you are going to have many questions to choose from in the real exam.

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    2. Okay sir, thank you very much
      I have one question more can you tell me how to make and intro and conclusion, please?

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  10. Hello sir may I have some ideas about how to prepare the intro and schedule my paragraphs for the SECTION 2 QUEST 4, the mathematics essay?

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    1. Hi,

      Please get some ideas for that essay at this link: Mathematics

      Hope that will help you to get some idea for this essay. If you still find it difficult then abandon this question and move on. You'll have many alternative questions in the exam.

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    2. Ok thank you very much and by the way I really appreciate your website!

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  11. Hello sir, it would be really helpful if you give me some ideas on section 2 question 3 ? Thnx!

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    1. Essay Title: Scientists can save us from any kinds of epidemics and pandemics that could outbreak in the future. Do you agree?

      Is our medical field so advanced that our scientists can save us from outbreaks of future is the question.

      My thesis: they cannot save us.

      Points: 1) Many of the known diseases still do not have a reliable cure. For example, hepatitis, dengue, HIV AIDS, cancer, and so on. In future these diseases might even complicate, with their viruses mutating into new organism, more harmful than those. Eg: Swine flu was a mutated variant of a flu virus.

      2) Our medical field is still in developmental phase. A lot of new discoveries are taking place and a lot of rooms still exist for improvement. Therefore, it is not matured enough to handle all types of medical catastrophes.

      And so on..

      You can give examples of: Sars epidemic in China, Swine Flu pandemics, Bird flu outbreaks, etc of modern times; Cholera and plague outbreaks of the past! Research on web to learn more about them.

      Thanks!

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    2. Thanks a lot sir ! :)

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  12. hello Sir, thanks for these predictions, is it for Mauritian Paper too.?

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    1. Well, because these are just predictions, they are either for all or for none!

      I would advise you to practice writing essays on these topics and you might get the advantage from practice, rather than the topics!

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  13. Are we allow to write the essay in BOTH advantages and siadavantages/ strength and weaknesses/ agree and disagrees?

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    1. Of course you are allowed! However, pay proper attention to what the question demands in the first place.

      Thank you!

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  14. Hello sir.May i have some main points on advantage and disadvantage of science?
    -some technical vocabulary
    -some statistics and facts
    -an introduction model
    -a way to end up the essay
    -quotes
    thnx sir

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    1. Please be advised that you won't be asked such a question. Thank you!

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  15. Got my GP exam tomorrow ! Could u please give me some ideas on section 3 question 2 some good intro and conclusion ? Don't know how to start up with ... Thanks !

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    1. Thank you!

      There are about 5000-7000 languages in use in the world. Most of them are minority languages.

      You can discuss, if it will be possible to protect such languages in terms like:

      a) Globalization has brought about the concept of making the world a global village, with highly interdependent economies. Means, common language is more advantageous than otherwise. Speaking a minority language might be the curse for those speakers and they might start learning the more prominent languages.

      b) If we are to protect language, it might be economically unfeasible unless the minority groups are rich themselves. No country cannot afford to give protection to all the minority languages and their speakers, who may or may not be bilingual or multilingual as that will undermine the development in other vital sectors.

      c) Languages are dynamic and therefore, preserving language is paradoxical in its own right. We cannot preserve anything in this universe for too long, not least the minority languages.

      Sorry for intro and conclusion. That is up to you and that should be based upon the main ideas that you are going to include in your essay.

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    2. Thank You ! :)

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    3. what type of questions did u see in the exam ?

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    4. hey can you tell me the topics which have been given in singapour

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    5. Has any of these question come out ?

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  16. Hello Sir! Can you help me give ideas for intro. and content for the topic 'How have technology affected human lives in the past two decades?' really appreciate it, thank you!!

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  17. I'm taking the General Paper exam this evening, and I only saw this post this morning. Really hope some of these questions will show up. Thank you!

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    1. Has any of these questions come out ? URGENT.

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  18. Hi sir, is it possible to have some ideas on section 1 question 4??

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  19. HI sir, is it possible to have some ideas on section 1 Question 4?

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  20. Hi Sir, why did you predict that the topic on minority languages will come out for this year? Just curious!

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    1. You could have been equally curious about any other questions! :)

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  21. Just wrote my GP exam today ! Did it pretty good and thanks for all the info and points sir !

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  22. hi sir. Will there be a topic on social media for 2015 ? :)

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  23. hi sir. Will there be a topic on social media for 2015 .. code :8009

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  24. hey guys
    I wanted to know if the predictions came true for those who have already taken the exams.
    If so, which questions came out.

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  25. Can anyone please tell me whether syllabus 8001 or 8004 the questions or the topics.
    thanks

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  26. nothing about education this year?

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  27. hi sir
    how can you be predict this?
    do you do it each year??

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    1. Hope these will come out next year! :)

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  29. Hello sir
    Could you please tell me how I should tackle the following essay :
    To what extent participating in online social networks improve our work and personal lives?
    Thank you in advance

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  30. Thank you sir
    It's very helpful

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  31. Hi Sir, can you help me with this question? Whose responsibility is it to conserve the environment?

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