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Table 1 Mark distribution and structure of SSC English examination

From: Test review of the English public examination at the secondary level in Bangladesh

Papers Total marks Skills marks Test items No. of items Scores for items
English first paper 100 Reading 50 Questions from unseen passage-I   
 • MCQ 7 7
 • Answering open ended questions 5 10
Questions from unseen passage II   
 • Information transfer 5 5
 • Gap filling without clues 5 5
 • Summary 1 10
Other questions (not based on any passage)   
 • Matching 5 5
 • Rearranging- order to make a story 1 8
Writing 50 • Writing paragraphs (clues are given to compose the paragraph) 1 10
 • Completing a story 1 10
 • Writing informal letters 1 10
 • Describing graphs/charts 1 10
 • Dialog writing 1 10
English second paper 100 Grammar 45  • Gap filling with clues 5 5
 • Gap filling without clues 5 5
 • Substitution table 5 5
 • Right forms of verbs 5 5
 • Narration 5 5
 • Changing sentences 10 10
 • Completing sentences 5 5
 • Use of suffix and prefix 5 5
 • Tag question 5 5
 • Sentence connectors 5 5
5 5
Composition 55 Group A (any two items will be given in the question paper) 2 20
 • Writing CV with cover letter   
 • Formal/informal letters/e-mails   
Group B (any two items will be given in the question paper) 2 20
 • Completing stories   
 • Shor paragraphs   
 • Dialogs writing   
 • Analyzing graphs and charts   
Group C   
 • Composition based on personal experience, everyday problems, events, incidents, etc. 1 15