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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.
- 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]!)
- Give relevant examples, facts, statistics, quotations, reasoning, and your opinions in appropriate places (esp. in body paragraphs, but sometimes in the introduction and conclusion).
Section 1: Historical, social, economic, political and philosophical topics.
- History shows that no country has ever benefited from war. Is there any truth to this statement?
- Is the coming age going to be the age of knowledge?
- How have technology affected human lives in the past two decades?
- World's refugee problem is not going to be solved anytime soon. What are your views?
- 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
- Are natural disasters by-products of human's desire for prosperity and development?
- Today, most of the world's governments are concerned about energy security. How far do you agree?
- Scientists can save us from any kinds of epidemics and pandemics that could outbreak in the future. Do you agree?
- "Mathematics is only for nerds. It has no use to common people." Is this a fair comment?
- Can plastic use be completely replaced by biodegradable alternatives?
Section 3: Literature and language, arts and crafts.
- What could be the value of fine arts in the future?
- We need to protect all the minority languages for our coming generations. Do you agree?
- Ancient artifacts are traded in millions. Why?
- Are digital art-forms replacing traditional arts in your country?
- Describe a prose that you have enjoyed most in your entire life.
Wish you good luck for your exams! :)