How BECE 2021 Questions Are set

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How BECE 2021 Questions Are set

How BECE 2021 Questions Are set – Check Below:

SYLLABUS TOPICS AND SPECIMEN QUESTIONS

PREAMBLE

The Syllabus topics outlined for each of the subjects in the section have been extracted from the detailed Syllabuses developed for use in Junior High Schools by the Ghana Education Service. Teachers and prospective candidates are therefore advised to thoroughly acquaint themselves with the scope and the depth of materials to be covered, to ensure adequate preparation for the examination.

The Schemes of Examination have been outlined.

For each subject, there will be two Papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2, both of which must be taken. Paper 1 will be an objective test and Paper 2 an essay test.

Paper 1 and 2 will be combined and taken at one sitting. The time duration for the examination is stated for each Paper.

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The Schemes of Examination form the basis of the rubrics. Teachers and prospective candidates are advised to acquaint themselves with them as the contravention will lead to loss of marks. The Specimen Questions presented for each subject should also serve as a guide.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE

SYLLABUS TOPICS

Lexis and Structure

Tenses

Concord/Agreement

Conditional Sentence

Vocabulary e.g. Phrasal Verbs, General Vocabulary

Passive and Active forms

Direct and Reported Speech

Question and Answer Tags

Phrases and Clauses

Idiomatic Expressions

Parts of speech

Literature

Basic characters/roles

Themes

Literary Devices – symbols, imagery etc

Subject matter

Setting

Plot

Essay Writing

Letters – formal and informal

narrative/descriptive

exposition(describing processes)

speech

argument/debate

article

report

agenda

minute writing

letters to the press

The essay should not be less than 250 words.

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Comprehension

Types of Passages

Concepts to be taught

the use/meaning of certain words and expressions in relation to their context;

the understanding of the whole or part of the passage.

Types of Passages

Dialogue or conversation

Narrative

Descriptive

Explanation of a process

Giving directions or instructions

STRUCTURE AND SCHEME OF EXAMINATION

There will be two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2, both of which must be taken. The Papers will be combined and taken at one sitting.

Paper 1: This will be an objective test consisting of two parts: Part A, Lexis and Structure and Part B, Literature.

Part A will comprise 32 lexis and structure items and Part B, literature questions.

All the 40 questions will have to be answered within forty-five (45) minutes for 40 marks.

Paper 2This will consist of two parts. Part A – Essay Writing and Part B – Comprehension Test.

There will be three topics in Part A and candidates will be expected to write on only one. In Part B, there will be one comprehension passage and the candidates will be required to answer all the questions on it.

The paper will last one (1) hour and will carry sixty (60) marks.

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SAMPLE QUESTIONS

PAPER 1: PART A: LEXIS AND STRUCTURE

SECTION A

From the alternatives lettered to D, choose the one which most suitably completes each sentence.

1.Mary is a …………… girl.

A.beautiful young Nigerian

B.young beautiful Nigerian

C.young Nigerian beautiful

D.Nigerian young beautiful

2.Kojo plays the violin very well, ……………….?

A.couldn’t he

B.don’t he

C.doesn’t he

D.can’t he

SECTION B

Choose from the alternatives lettered to the one which is nearest in meaning to the underlined word in each sentence.

1.My celibate friend is happy.

A.single

B.simple

C.busy

D.hardworking

2.You look very shagged.

A.beautiful

B.worried

C.tired

D.silly

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SECTION C

In each of the following sentences a word or group of words has been underlined. Choose from the alternatives lettered to the one that best explains the underlined word or group of words.

1.The students were told to give a good account of themselves. This means the students were told to

A.behave well.

B.do well.

C.work hard.

D.learn hard.

2.Her room is in apple-pieorder. This means her room is

A.untidy.

B.tidy.

C.good.

D.bad

SECTION D

From the list of words lettered to D, choose the one which is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word in each sentence.

1.My grandmother is a weak centenarian.

A.troublesome

B.robust

C.cheerful

D.inquisitive

2.When asked about the breakage, Kofi said he was innocent.

A.surprised

B.guilty

C.afraid

D.absent

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PART B

LITERATURE

Read the excerpts below and choose the correct answer from the alternatives lettered to D.

‘Ama was a lioness in the fight’.

1.The literary device used in the above is

A.personification.

B.simile.

C.metaphor.

D.alliteration.

‘We are three men With a plea

To be set free now

To move with glee’

2.The rhyme scheme in the verse above is

A.abcb

B.acab

C.aabc

D.aaba

PAPER TWO

PART A

ESSAY WRITING

Answer one question only from this section.

1.Write an article for publication in a national newspaper on the topic:Why bushfires must be avoided.

2.Your uncle wants to visit you in your school. Give him the directions.

3.Describe to your friends the most interesting function you have attended

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COMPREHENSION

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions which follow:

4.One day a poor fisherman went fishing and caught nothing. He was just about to go home when he felt the net suddenly grow heavy. He thought he had caught a large fish. But when he dragged it ashore, he found only a heavy copper pot sealed with lead. He shook it and feeling sure it contained something valuable, he took his knife, cut the top of the lead and turned it upside down. For a moment nothing came out; and then it started to smoke, and this smoke slowly rose right up to the sky like a thick fog. It suddenly turned into a huge genie.

“Bow down”, said the genie, “and let me kill you.”

“Why?” asked the fisherman, “Have you forgotten that I set you free?”

“Yes, but I have sworn to kill you”, said the genie.

“I’m a spirit that rebelled against the Creator and to punish me he shut me up in this copper pot. During the first century of my captivity, I swore to make anyone who freed me rich. During the second century, I swore I would grant him any three things. But after these centuries, in anger, I swore to kill my liberator without mercy.”

Well, die I must,” said the fisherman, “but swear that you really were in that pot. It is too small to hold even your little finger. Unless I see it, I shall not believe it.”

“See then and believe,” said the genie.

He slowly changed back into smoke and entered the pot. The fisherman immediately put back the lead cover and threw it into the sea.

1.What did the fisherman catch?

2.Why did the fisherman open the lead pot?

3.State two things the genie swore to do.

4.Explain the following expression in your own words: ‘Well, die I must’.

5.For each of the following words, give another word or phrase that means the same and can fit into the passage:

(i)ashore

(ii)valuable

(iii)genie

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FRENCH

SYLLABUS TOPICS

Structural Items

Idiomatic expressions and other fixed expressions such as

“venir de + infintif, avoir + faim/soif/âge, combien de + le pluriel” etc.

Vocabulary

Professions

Parts of the body

Days of the week/ months of the year/ time & date

Parts of building

Games/hobbies

Means of transport

Clothing

The weather

Sports

Geographical places

Comprehension

Should indicate Types of Passages and Concepts to be taught.

Grammar

Verbs;

Tenses

Le présent

Le future

Le passé

L’imparfait

Subject/verb agreement.

Pronouns

Adjectives

Adverbs

Articles

Preposition

Negations

Gender

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Essay – Guided Essay-writing

Emphasis on:

Content

20 marks

Grammar

10 marks

Overall Expression

5 marks

Clarity

5 marks

NB: As much as possible the essay should be communication-oriented, for example, writing post cards, letters, news items (“faits divers”).

STRUCTURE AND SCHEME OF THE EXAMINATION

There will be two Papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2, both of which must be taken. The Papers will be combined and taken at one sitting.

Paper 1

The Paper will consist of 40 multiple choice objective questions covering lexis, structure and comprehension, all of which must be answered in one hour for 40 marks.

Paper 2

The Paper will consist of two guided essays and candidates will be required to answer one. The questions may require picture description, letter writing, narration or description. The paper shall last 45 minutes and carry 40 marks.

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