2017 Preliminary Top School Papers : Vocabulary & Editing

Yes, I know it is the school holidays. And yes I know that it doesn’t seem like the P6s get a real break in June. My own students were listing all the workshops/ extra Math, Science, Chinese language classes they were heading to after my class last week. Poor things.

But like every year the day that the PSLE is over (somewhere in the first or second week of October) it will be party time (= games on phone, games on computer, endless movies, television, books and sleep) for 3 whole months! I know this to be true because my P6 students always answer “Nothing” to my question of “What have you been up to since PSLE?” Lol.

I tell this to my P6 students every time I give them a piece of extra work to do this June holidays…to keep them motivated. Like now:

Below is the list of Vocabulary & Editing words taken from the first 4 schools of the 2017 Top School papers.


RGPS

Vocabulary

1) peak – reach a highest point, either of a specified value or at a specified time
2) simultaneously – at the same time
3) ensured – make certain that (something) will occur or be the case
4) averted – prevent or ward off (an undesirable occurrence).
5) diverted – cause (someone or something) to change course or turn from one direction to another.
6) reverted – return to (a previous state, practice, topic, etc.)
7) bustle – busy activity
8) charm –  a quality that makes you like or feel attracted to someone or something
9) nomads – a group of people who move from one place to another rather than living in one place all of the time
10) teeming – If a place is teeming, it is full of people

Editing

1) ancient
2) frantically
3) conspired
4) debut
5) exist

NYPS

Vocabulary

1) lethargic – having little energy, feeling unwilling and unable to do anything
2) sheepishly – embarrassed because you know that you have done something wrong or silly
3) discreetly – careful not to cause embarrassment or attract too much attention
4) conspicuously – in a way that is noticeable
5) intimidated – frightened or nervous because you are not confident in a situation
6) exhilarated – very excited and happy
7) collation – to bring together different pieces of written information so that the similarities and differences can be seen
8) concoction – the result of – making something, usually food, by adding several different parts together, often in a way that is original
9) concession – something that is allowed or given up, often in order to end a disagreement

Editing

1) purpose
2) myriad
3) fertiliser
4) inspired
5) susceptible

Catholic High Preliminary Two

Vocabulary

1) enthralled – to keep someone very interested
2) enriched – to improve the quality of something by adding something else
3) enlightened – to be provided with information and understanding, or be explained the true facts about something to someone
4) relentlessly – continuing in a severe or extreme way
5) meticulously –  very careful and with great attention to every detail
6) facade – the front of a building, especially a large or attractive building
7) forefront – the most noticeable or important position
8) demeanour – a way of looking or behaving
9) goggle – to look with the eyes wide open because you are surprised

Editing

1) potential
2) scrutinised
3) truthfully
4) disappointment
5) enthusiastic
6) immense
7) perseverance

Nan Hua

Vocabulary

1) cultivated – to prepare land and grow crops on it
2) inculcated – to fix beliefs or ideas in someone’s mind, especially by repeating them often
3) populated – lived in an area
4) glitch – a small problem or fault that prevents something from being successful or working as well as it should
5) deficit – the total amount by which money spent is more than money received
6) drawback –  a disadvantage or the negative part of a situation

Editing

1) devastating
2) envisioned
3) accumulated
4) challenges
5) ultimately