Thursday, 12 June 2014

July 2013: The eventful month

Looking back at the year 2013, of all the months, I consider July as the 'eventful' month. The reason is because many incidents happened during that month. For me, July 2013 was the month of transition where I became closer to my college friends. Before that, I was quite antisocial and I seldom talked to many of my college friends. Some of the incidents on that month indirectly led to my '31 July 2013 revolution' which also happened on July 2013. (Read about it here: http://daniellimjj.blogspot.com/2014/06/31-july-2013-important-day-for-me.html ). Here, I am writing about the notable incidents that happened during July 2013.

1 July 2013 (Monday):

It was the last day of my college June 2013 holidays. I returned to Subang Jaya from Kulim one day before that. On that morning, my mother helped me to renew my expired L driving license at a post office. This was because soon I would be taking my final JPJ driving test, which requires a valid L license. After that, I went with my mother to a CIMB Bank outlet to create a new bank account. I needed the bank account in order to receive my monthly RM430 allowance provided by the Ministry of Education Bursary.

However, I was unable a create the bank account successfully. The reason was when the bank staff tried to scan my thumbprint to verify that it matches the thumbprint stored in my identity card, the verification failed. He retried several times, but none was successful. The bank staff then gave up and said that the problem may be caused by the faulty chip of my identity card since I was still using the old version of the identity card. He suggested that I go to the JPN to change a new identity card. My mother then took me to the JPN in Petalling Jaya to change my identity card.

At the JPN, the staff there told me that my thumbprint could not be verified not because of my identity card since the chip was functioning perfectly, instead it was because of the flaky skin on my right thumb. She suggested that I temporarily use my left thumb when scanning the thumbprint until the skin on my right thumb has recovered. She said that I still had to change my identity card since I was 18 years old. My new identity card would only be ready two weeks later and I could still use my old identity card until I collect the new one.

Then, my mother decided to take me to another CIMB Bank outlet to try again. This time, I told the bank staff to scan my left thumb. However, the verification still failed. Initially, the staff said that I could not create the bank account unless the verification was successful. Later, after I explained to him that I needed the account to receive my monthly allowance, he agreed to let me create the account using an alternative method without the need of verifying the thumbprint. The alternative method required my driving license so it was lucky that my mother had renewed my L license on that morning. He told us to wait for a while.

After some time, I and my mother were asked to go upstairs. There, another staff continued with the account creation process. Out of my expectation, this staff again wanted to scan my thumbprint. Again, the verification failed. However, this staff would not give up and he retried again and again. Finally, after trying for more than 15 minutes the verification was successful. So, my bank account could be created using the normal procedure. The staff returned my L license and said that it was no longer necessary. Later, my bank account was created successfully and I was given a debit card. That was the first debit card that I own. I returned home after that. Although I was tired after being out for the whole day, I was happy and relieved that everything was done.

2 July 2013 (Tuesday):

It was the first day of college after the June 2013 holidays. Our Physics teacher was changed because earlier I and my classmates made a complaint to the college office regarding our previous teacher who could not teach well. In college, my teachers returned our exam papers for the A Level Semester 1 Examination. I was not too excited about that because I already knew my examination results which was released on the Taylor's College Student Portal earlier. For Physics, our papers was marked by the previous teacher but our new teacher discussed the paper with us. He told us that there was a mistake in one of the questions in Paper 1, and as a result, some students including me could get an extra mark. Later, I realised that there seemed to be a mistake in another question and I informed my teacher about that. He said that I was probably correct so I could get another extra mark. During the Biology period, before the teacher entered the class, a girl in my class said to someone "Wah, now it is Bio." I replied her "So?" She and some others were surprised by my response because they thought I had no sense of humour. Due to that incident, I began to become closer to my college friends.

During the break, I and my closest friend wanted to go for lunch. Two girls in my class followed us. At that time, I was not close to the two girls. We went to Casamia Restaurant, which I had never been to earlier. That was the second time I went for lunch with a group of friends. During my first 6 months in college, the only time I had lunch with a group of friends was one day before the Semester 1 examination, other than that, I either have lunch myself or with my closest friend only. That incident also caused me to start becoming closer to my college friends. On that night, I posted a Welcome message on Facebook to welcome all the Taylor's College A Level July 2013 Intake students who would be starting college on the next day. A few of my secondary school friends who received the MOE Bursary would be joining the July 2013 intake. 

3 July 2013 (Wednesday):

It was the orientation day for the Taylor's College A Level July 2013 intake students. They had their orientation program at the Multi Purpose Hall. There was a name list outside the hall showing all the July 2013 intake students. I went to look at the name list to find the names of my secondary school friends who joined the July 2013 intake under the MOE Bursary. However, I was disappointed because I could not find any of them. The name list seemed to be quite short compared to the name list for January 2013 intake earlier. There were two girls previously in my college class who switched to the July 2013 intake after receiving the MOE Bursary. I noticed that their names were also not in the name list. Therefore, I believed that there might be a separate orientation day for the students who received the MOE Bursary.

During the Physics period, my teacher told us that there was a mistake in another question of the examination paper. At first, I thought that he was referring to the question I told him on the previous day but it turned out to be another question. I thought that I could get another extra mark which was the 3rd one, bringing my marks to 99. However, this mistake turned out to cause me to lose a mark. Then, when I asked my teacher about the question I told him on the previous day, he said that there was actually no mistake and he explained to me why I was wrong. I then realised that I was too careless in that question. As a result, I was added only one mark and also deducted one mark, so overall there was no change in my original mark which was 96.

During Biology period, my teacher also told us that there were mistakes in 2 of the questions in Paper 1, so I and some of my classmates could get 2 extra marks. I was very happy about that because that would bring my Biology marks to 91 and I would be able to get above 90 marks for all subjects in that examination. In the actual A Level examination, 90 marks and above is an A* grade. Originally, my Biology marks was 89 and Biology was the only subject where I did not get above 90 marks in that examination. This would be the first time I got above 90 marks for all subjects in one examination, because in Form 4 and Form 5, I never managed to get straight A+ for any examination, including the actual SPM, because of either English or Bahasa Melayu.

4 July 2013 (Thursday):

On that day, I received a letter from Taylor's College which invited me to attend a program for the students who received the MOE Bursary on 13 July 2013. However, I would be taking part in the Olimpiad Matematik Kebangsaan on the same day. The program seemed to be mainly for the July 2013 intake MOE Bursary students so I thought that it might not be compulsory for me to attend it. I decided to go to the college office to ask about that on the next day.

5 July 2013 (Friday):

A boy formerly in my college class switched to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) after receiving the MOE Bursary. He had to switch to Taylor's College Sri Hartamas because IBDP is not offered at Taylor's College Subang Jaya. On that day, my college classmates organised a farewell lunch for him after class at a restaurant near our college. At first, I did not want to join them because at that time I was still not close to my college friends and I used to return home straight away after class every Friday. Moreover, we had a walk quite a distance from the college to the restaurant and at that time I was not used to walking so far. However, my group members for the MPW Malaysian Studies subject would be doing the drama for our group project after the farewell lunch. I had to be involved in the project because it contributed marks for the Malaysian Studies subject. Previously, for the MPW Moral Education subject, I did not join my group members to do the project, so now I did not want to repeat the same mistake. So, I had to join the farewell lunch. Most of my classmates went for the farewell lunch.

During the lunch, the boy said that he would not forget me because a few days earlier I said to him "Bye bye forever" and everyone was amused by that. When the lunch was about to end, I and my group members decided to leave first because we had to do the drama for our Malaysian Studies group project. We did the drama behind Wisma Subang Jaya. The drama was about pickpocket. In the drama, I acted as someone who was carrying a stack of books. Then, someone knocked on me, causing all the books to fall on the floor. As I was picking up the books, my friend who acted as the thief took away my purse from the pocket of my trousers. The drama was recorded by a girl in our group. We had to repeat the drama once as the first one was not satisfactory. The second one was better, but it looked a bit fake. After the drama, I went to the scholarship department of the college office to inform them that I could not attend the program for the MOE Bursary students on 13 July 2013. The staff said that it was alright since I did not require accommodation. I also asked about the orientation day for the July 2013 intake students under the MOE Bursary and the staff told me that it would be on 15 July 2013.

After I returned home on that day, I happened to go to the Examination Results page of the Taylor's College Student Portal. I noticed that the results for the MPW Moral Education subject earlier was out. I was very disappointed that I got a F grade, which meant that I failed. The obvious reason was because earlier I refused to join my Moral Education group members to carry out the group project and community service. Earlier, I thought that I could still pass it by scoring well in the final written examination and other aspects such as online test and attendance. However, now this proved that I was wrong. Later, I posted on the Facebook group of my class to ask if any of my classmates also failed. Both my friends who commented on my post said that they passed.

7 July 2013 (Sunday):

I attended the refreshment class for JPJ driving test at Metro Driving Academy. It was the last driving lesson I attended before the JPJ driving test. In this refreshment class, it was the first time where the engine of the car I drove did not go dead even for once throughout the whole lesson, except that at the very end of the lesson I forgot and released the clutch petal too quickly after stopping the car at the parking lot, causing the engine to go dead. Previously, for every driving lesson I attended, the engine of the car I drove always went dead at some point during the lesson.

8 July 2013 (Monday):

During the MPW Malaysian Studies period on that day, I asked the teacher regarding my Moral Education results since my teacher for Moral Education and Malaysian Studies were the same. He told me that I scored quite well in my final written examination but I had no marks for the group project and community work. He said that I needed just a few more marks to pass it. He also said that he earlier tried to find me by telephoning the class rep but it was the Semester 1 examination at that time. He heard from the class rep that I seldom mixed around with my classmates and therefore I did not join them doing the group project. According to him, all my other classmates did the group project and they passed. He then suggested that I do a written assignment, and if it was satisfactory, I could pass the Moral Education. He told me to think of a suitable topic for the assignment and let him know on the next day.

9 July 2013 (Tuesday):

During the Malaysian Studies period, I told the teacher that I chose the topic "Social problems among teenagers" for the assignment. However, he said that the topic was too general and he then suggested the topic "Pre-marital sex among teenagers". I did not want to do an assignment on that topic because I thought that it was a sensitive issue. My teacher then suggested the topic "The dumping of babies in Malaysia" and I agreed with that. He said that I had to pass up the assignment by 14 July 2013. When one of my friends knew about that, she said that I should have chosen the topic "Pre-marital sex among teenagers" because she previously did an assignment about that so she could help me. I did not change the topic but I told her to send me her previous assignment because some of the material might me relevant to the topic "The dumping of babies" since pre-marital sex is one of the reasons that cause the dumping of babies. On that night, she sent me the material through Facebook.

10 July 2013 (Wednesday):

On that day, I had lunch with 3 classmates at Pontian Restaurant near my college. This was another occasion where I went for lunch with a larger group of classmates, unlike previously during the first 6 months where I only went for lunch myself or with my closest friend. When the college was over, while I was waiting for my mother at the college gate, I met one of my classmates. She asked me why I failed Moral Education. I told her that I did not not join my group members to do the group project because I was not close to them. She said that I was antisocial and I should change. It was this incident where I learnt the word 'antisocial', which later I often used. Then, I also met my classmate who sent me her assignment about pre-marital sex and I thanked her for that.

11 July 2013 (Thursday):

My final JPJ driving test was on that day. Therefore, I could not attend college on that day. There was physics practical lesson on that day and I missed it. I considered that day as a lucky day for me because it was exactly one year after my "7-11 Revolution" which happened on 11 July 2012, and I hoped that would allow me to pass the driving test. I went to Metro Driving Academy early in the morning. I was the first person in the 2nd group. So, I had to wait some time for those in the 1st group to complete the driving test first. Among all the candidates, one of them was a European foreigner. I was quite worried of the test and I was only hoping to pass either Part 2 or Part 3 because I was not confident to pass both. Part 2 consisted of Hill Climbing, Parking and Three Point Turn, while Part 3 was about driving on the road. I went for Part 2 first.

When I was doing the Hill climbing, I was too nervous. As a result, I stopped the car too soon before the tyre reached the yellow line. The instructor told me to go back down and try again once more. Luckily, this time I was managed to stop the car at the right position, otherwise I would fail Part 2 of the test. Then, I was successful for the Parking and Three Point Turn. The tester told me that I passed Part 2 and told me to sign my name. I proceeded with Part 3. When it was my turn, I was asked to enter the car. However, there was no tester in the car and I waited for some time. Then, I saw a tester nearby so I asked him "Saya kena tunggu lagi kah? (Do I still have to wait?)". He was actually supposed to be in charge of me.

Actually, I just wanted an answer for that, but the tester thought that I was scolding him. He was angry and he complained to the head tester about that. Luckily, the head tester was considerate. He told me that he would change another tester for me. Later, I was asked to go to another car to take Part 3 of the driving test. I was told to use the 3rd road which was shorter than the 1st and 2nd road but more difficult because it involved making U-turn. I tried to drive as good as possible. Somewhere on the road, there happened to be many lorries. I avoided the lorries and the tester told me to be careful of them. At last, when I arrived back at Metro Driving Acedemy, the tester told me that I passed Part 3 and my score was 18/20. The minimum score required to pass was 16/20. I was very happy that I passed both Part 2 and Part 3 in my first attempt, several months after I started to learn driving in December 2012. I was told that I would get my P license after a few weeks. Later, my mother came and took me home.

12 July 2013 (Friday):

I did parts of my written assignment for Moral Education but I could not finish on that day. I would be taking part in the Olimpiad Matematik Kebangsaan on the next day but I did not make any preparations for it because I did not know what to prepare and I did not take it too seriously since it was just a competition and not examination.

13 July 2013 (Saturday):

The Olimpiad Matematik Kebangsaan (OMK) 2013 competition was on that day. It was held at Universiti Malaya. 3 of my classmates also took part in the competition and we were in the same group. However, the results of the competition will be based on individual performance. Early in the morning, my mother took me to college. On that day, there was a program in the college for all the MOE Bursary students. I did not take part in the program because of the competition. Later, 2 of my classmates arrived at the college. We waited for other participants to arrive. I suddenly remembered that I did not bring geometrical instruments which was usually required for competition. My classmates also forgot to bring it. So, I and my classmates went to the book store opposite our college to buy it.

Meanwhile, many of the July 2013 intake students under the MOE Bursary arrived at Taylor's College. Many of them came with their parents. It was the first day in Taylor's College for them. After a while, I saw 2 of my secondary school friends among them. Both of them called me first. I told them that I went to college on that day not because of the program, but because of the OMK competition. One of my college friend saw one of my secondary school friend and she later told me that she felt that my secondary school friend was very beautiful. Later, my Mathematics teacher who was the teacher in charge arrived. When all the participants arrived, we boarded the school bus. My classmates said that our other classmate taking part in the competition would be going to Universiti Malaya by himself.

Universiti Malaya was very large and consisted of several separate buildings. We registered at one of the halls there. Before the competition started, I discussed with my friends and gave them some tips about the competition because I had previously taken part in the same competition during Form 5, Form 4 and Form 2. The competition started at 10:00AM and it lasted for 2 and a half hours. The questions were divided into 2 sections. Section A had 6 short questions while Section B had 3 long questions. The difficulty of the questions were similar to that of the questions in year 2012. I could answer all questions in Section A and 2 questions in Section B, and I was confident that I answered correctly all questions in Section A and 1 question in Section B. I hoped that I could be in the top-95 again like the previous year. After the competition ended at 12:30PM, we were taken back to the college. I then had lunch at McDonalds near my college before returning home.

14 July 2013 (Sunday):

On the night before that, I had a strange dream. In the dream, I was a doctor who was carrying out a brain surgery on someone whose life was in danger. At last, the surgery was successful and the person was saved. Then, I woke up from my dream. Coincidentally, on that day my parents took me to visit the International Medical University (IMU) which at that time was my top choice of university to study medicine after completing A Level. The reason was because I told them that I went to Universiti Malaya (UM) on the previous day, so they wanted me to compare IMU with UM. The IMU campus was located in Bukit Jalil. My parents and I were a bit disappointed because the IMU campus was small and did not look attractive. Therefore, my mother preferred that I study at Monash University Malaysia instead. There was a career talk at IMU on that day but it was for Pharmacy so I did not attend it. I was supposed to pass up my written assignment for Moral Education on that day. However, I only managed to complete it on that night. Then, I sent the assignment through e-mail to my teacher just before midnight.

15 July 2013 (Monday):

It was the orientation day for the July 2013 intake students under the MOE Bursary. Their name list was displayed in front the college office and I went to have a look at it. I saw the names of a few of my secondary school friends as well as my former college classmates who switched to the July intake. One of them initially registered at Taylor's College but later decided to give up the Bursary and accept another scholarship to study Canadian International Matriculation Programme at Sunway College.

During Biology period, my teacher called me and some of my friends. Earlier, we were given 2 extra marks for the Semester 1 Examination due to some mistakes in the questions. My teacher told us that he did inform the college examination unit, but they forgot about that and they had printed the results slip. Consequently, our results slip would show our original marks without the 2 marks added. He apologised to us about that and told us that in return, he would give us 2 extra marks for our oncoming AS Trial Examination. I did not feel disappointed about that because in reality I still got 91 marks for Biology and the 2 extra marks could be helpful for my AS Trial Examination which would be difficult. After that, during the Malaysian Studies period, my teacher asked me if I had completed and sent him the written assignment. I told him that I had sent it to him before midnight.

16 July 2013 (Tuesday):

During the Malaysian Studies period, I asked my teacher about my written assignment. He said that he had seen the assignment and it was alright. He told me that I should be able the pass the MPW Moral Education subject. I was relieved about that. There would be a Mathematics class test on the next day which would test on the topics of Modulus Functions, Polynomials, Partial Fractions and Binomial Expansion which were all A2 topics. On that night, I did some revision on those topics. However, I did not revise much because I thought that I had fully understood those topics.

17 July 2013 (Wednesday):

There was a Mathematics class test on that day. It was the 6th class test we had for Mathematics in the entire A level. The test consisted of 6 questions. Most of the questions were moderately difficult, except that Question 3 was tricky and Question 6 was very difficult. I did not know how to do the Question 6, so I simply used a solution to attempt to solve it. At the same time, I was confused with Question 3. I also had to rush to finish the test because I had not enough time. Worst of all, Question 6 carried the most marks. During the test, someone entered my class and told my teacher to inform me and one of my friend who received the MOE Bursary that we had to attend a briefing on the next day. During the 2nd Mathematics period, my teacher said that she had marked the first 4 questions of everyone's test paper and I had made a mistake in one of the questions. I was sure that Question 3 was the question she referred to. I was worried that I might score poorly because I was also unable to answer Question 6.

18 July 2013 (Thursday):

On that day, the Taklimat Penajaan Program Bursary Pelajar Cemerlang SPM was held at the Multi Purpose Hall of Taylor's College Subang Jaya. It was organised by the staff from the Ministry of Education and all Bursary students in Taylor's College attended it, both January and July 2013 intakes. Students in Taylor's College Sri Hartamas also came to my college. There, I met a few of my secondary school friends and my former college classmate who switched to the July 2013 intake. I sat with my classmate. During the program, all of us were given the Bursary offer letter. They told us all the important details and information about the MOE Bursary. They also talked a little about the JPA scholarship. There were 2 things they said which surprised me and many others. First, they said that we had to maintain a CGPA of 3.5 in every college examinations, otherwise our bursary could be withdrawn unless if we could give a strong reason. However, the offer letter only stated that we cannot fail. Second, they said that Bursary students would not be given any priority over non-Bursary students when we apply for the JPA scholarship. Many students were worried about that.

After they finished the talk, there was a questioning session. Those who wanted to ask questions were given the opportunity to speak through the microphone right at their place. Many students asked questions regarding the MOE Bursary as well as the JPA scholarship. They answered all the questions regarding the bursary, but they were reluctant to answer questions regarding the JPA scholarship, saying that MOE and JPA were different entities. There was a student who asked them if they could increase the monthly allowance because RM430 per month was not enough to spend due to high living cost in Subang Jaya. They then said that RM430 would be enough if one spends the money wisely. Suddenly, someone's father who attended the briefing spoke through the microphone "Itu dekat kampung mah!" He meant that RM430 per month would only be enough in village areas but not in cities like Subang Jaya. Later, he requested to speak.

He did not ask any questions. Instead, he made some complaints to the staff from MOE. First, he complained that they mostly mentioned about A level only, although some of the students there were taking International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), one of them was his daughter. Next, he said that his daughter wanted to study Dentistry, but all the top-10 universities in the JPA list at that time did not have dentistry course. Besides, he said that they should be willing to answer questions regarding the JPA scholarship and not give the excuse that MOE and JPA were separate entities, because they should be responsible and all the students were academically excellent students. Personally, I agreed with most of what he said. However, he was a bit fierce and I was worried that the staff from MOE might tell him to "Listen! Listen! Listen!" and take his microphone away, which might lead to a fight. Moreover, I was quite sitting quite close to him.

Luckily, that did not happen. I secretly recorded part of his talk using my phone. He spoke quite fluently. After he finished talking, the MOE staff thanked him for his feedback and said that they would try to improve on what he pointed out. Towards the end of the questioning session, I thought of something I wanted to ask. However, I was too late as the questioning session just ended when I raised my hand. After that, I walked to the front of the hall to ask them the question personally. Many others also did the same. I asked the staff why the offer letter did not state that we must get CGPA of 3.5 and above in every college examinations to maintain the bursary, but only stated that we cannot fail. She said that it was because there are many forms of failure, such as disciplinary problems, and not getting CGPA of 3.5 is considered as one of them. After the briefing ended, I went to have lunch with my friends. There was Physics practical lesson on that day and I missed it because it was during the briefing. This was the 2nd time I missed the Physics practical after the 1st time on 11 July 2013 due to my driving test.

19 July 2013 (Friday):

On that day, one girl in my college class accepted my Facebook friend request. I had sent her the friend request a few months ago. Maybe she was not aware of the friend request earlier.

21 July 2013 (Sunday):

Two days ago, one of my classmate accepted my Facebook friend request. I wanted to add all my college classmates as my Facebook friend. So, on that day I went to the Facebook group of my class and viewed the members list. I found out that all my classmates were already my Facebook friends except 2 girls. So, I sent them the friend request. Later on that day, both of them accepted the request.

22 July 2013 (Monday):

One of the girl whom I added as Facebook friend on the previous day told her close friend about that. She said that she was surprised that I sent her the friend request. I then told her that I added her because I wanted all my college classmates to be my Facebook friends and that I also added another girl in our class. This incident also brought me closer to my college friends.

23 July 2013 (Tuesday):

One of my college friend was good at singing. At that time, he often sang openly in the college to collect donations from the students. He was the member of a club which was raising funds to help the unfortunate. On that day, during Biology period my teacher asked him to sing in the class for us to listen. While he sang, I recorded it with my phone. However, my phone made a sound when the recording started. My classmates heard that and they laughed. My friend sang quite well, except that I did not really like the song he chose to sing because it was an English song while I preferred Chinese song.

24 July 2013 (Wednesday):

My Mathematics teacher returned our papers for the Mathematics class test earlier. Before giving me back my paper, my teacher told me that she was shocked because I only scored 21/30 (70%) for the test, which was the lowest she had ever seen. She hoped that I could learn a lesson from this incident that I should not be overconfident in Mathematics. I already expected that because I could not answer 2 of the questions correctly. I scored 0 out of 4 marks for Question 3 and only 2 out of 7 marks for Question 6. Question 3 tested on Modulus function. It looked easy but was tricky because a graph must be drawn to solve it, while I attempted to solve it by algebra. Question 7 tested on Binomial Expansion. That kind of question was quite common in past year questions but I did not do any of them so I did not know how to solve it. Instead, I tried to use long division of polynomial to solve it. Many of my classmates got about the same marks as or slightly higher marks than mine. 2 of my classmates obtained full marks. Our teacher said that soon there would be another class test. I told myself that I must score full marks for the next class test.

25 July 2013 (Thursday):

The 3rd Physics practical lesson for semester 2 of A level was on that day. I could finally attend it for the 1st time after missing out the previous 2 practical lessons in the past 2 weeks. The Physics practical lessons were only on every Thursday. I wanted to carry out the experiment on the same table as my closest friend but someone already sat there because I went to the Physics lab late. My teacher asked me to do the experiment on another table where 2 of my classmates were using that table. Every table could be shared by either 2 or 3 students. We carried out the experiment individually. The experiment was quite easy to do and I could record the results. However, some of my friends later realised that they did the experiment wrongly because they misunderstood the question so they had to restart the experiment from the beginning. Luckily, I did not make the same mistake.

26 July 2013 (Friday):

My Physics teacher taught us the topic Gravitational Potential. During class, he asked us a question "The gravitational potential of the moon depends in the mass of the Earth or the Moon?". I quickly answered "Moon". Actually, I was confused and the actual answer was "Earth". My teacher said that the answer should be "Earth" and he was disappointed with my answer. He then asked me "Do you have a girl friend?" I answered "No." He said to me "You looked blur and confused recently". Later, I thought back about that. My Physics teacher always had high hopes and expectations on me because my previous Physics teacher told him that I am an excellent student. At that time, my teachers had completed the AS syllabus for all subjects and they began on the A2 topics. I could understand all the AS topics very well, but I seemed to have problems with the A2 topics. I could not really understand the A2 topics for Physics, and that was why I was confused on that day. Besides, it was the same for Mathematics, and that was why I scored poorly in the Mathematics class test recently. The main reason was because I did not pay much attention on the A2 topics since the AS final examination in October 2013 would only test on the AS topics, while the A2 topics would only be tested on the following year. Due to that incident, I told myself that I should be more serious about my studies and pay more attention while in class so that my teachers would not be disappointed with me.

27 July 2013 (Saturday):

The list of the students born in year 1996 who were selected for the PLKN (National Service) was out on that day. On Facebook, I wished good luck to all those born in 1996 that those who did not want to take part would not be selected and those who were interested to take part would be selected. Although it did not involve me, I simply went to the PLKN website and keyed in my identity card number just for the fun of it. Instead of giving an error that I was not born in 1996, the website stated that I was not chosen for the PLKN. On Facebook, some of my friends posted about that. Some were selected for PLKN while others were not. Many of them preferred not to be selected. According to rumours, more students were selected on this year compared to the previous year.

28 July 2013 (Sunday):

On the night before that, I had a dream. I dreamt that I was taking the JPJ driving test for motorcycle. I woke up from my dream when the test was about to end. In reality, I never went for any motorcycle driving lessons and I never wanted to own a motorcycle license. Coincidentally, on that day Metro Driving Academy informed me that my P driving license was ready. At noon, my mother took me to the office of Metro Driving Academy. I got my P license and I also got back my L license. My mother also paid the fees for the refreshment class earlier. It took me more than 7 months to get my P driving license after I first attended the Kursus Kurikulum Pendidikan Pemandu on 26 December 2012. 

29 July 2013 (Monday):

On that day, it was the last day of the MPW Malaysian Studies class. After that day, I no longer need to attend any classes for Malaysian Studies. When the class ended, I said to the teacher "Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!" before leaving. After the class, there was a Malaysian Studies test which was conducted online at Edmodo.com . This test would contribute some marks to the overall marks. I and my classmates decided to cooperate and answer the test together in one of the classroom because our teacher would not know about that. All the questions were objective questions. My closest friend volunteered to let everyone use his account to answer the test, while all others would later answer using their own accounts with the same answers. The questions for everyone were the same, except that the order of the questions were different.

I wanted to contribute by giving the answers, but I could only answer some of the questions because I did not do any revision for Malaysian Studies. For the other questions, my classmates gave the answer. There were some difficult and confusing questions where we had to discuss with each other or search on the internet before we could get the answer. After submitting the test, the results was known immediately and it was 17/20. However, we could not know which were the 3 questions we got wrong. We were satisfied with that and my classmates began answering the test using their own accounts with the same answers . They used either their mobile phone or iPad to access the website where the test was conducted. However, I did not have an iPad at that time and my mobile phone was too slow so I could not answer the test. At first, I thought of answering the test using the computer in the library later. 

When someone was answering the test, he suspected that our answer for one of the questions was wrong and thought of changing it so that he could get get 18/20. However, he was also worried that it might actually be correct so changing it would cause him to get only 16/20. I was also quite sure that the answer was wrong. He tried to search on the internet but could not find the answer. Then, a girl offered to lend me her iPad so that I could answer the test. I then volunteered to change that answer when answering the test with my account to see the outcome. He waited for me to finish the test before he answered that question. At last, I got 18/20 after using the new answer for that question. He and a few others who had not answered the test used the new answer when answering the test. So, all my classmates either got 17/20 or 18/20 for the online test. That experience was quite interesting and caused me to be even closer to my college friends.

30 July 2013 (Tuesday):

The final written examination for the MPW Malaysian Studies subject would be on the next day. At first, I did not want to do revision for it because I planned to start revising for the AS trial examination which would begin soon and I thought that the AS trial exam was more important. I did not revise for the AS Trial examination earlier because I was going through the A2 topics in the textbooks. However, I later decided to still revise for the Malaysian Studies as I did not want to fail it like the Moral Education. I went through the short notes given by my teacher. It was not difficult to revise Malaysian Studies as I had studied some of the topics in SPM Sejarah previously and I need not memorise much since all the questions would be objective questions. I finished doing revision on that night.

31 July 2013 (Wednesday):

On that day, it was the final written examination for the MPW Malaysian Studies subject. There was a two hour break before the exam started so we could use that time to do revision. During that 2 hours, I and some of my classmates stayed in the classroom. Initially, I wanted to revise the Malaysian Studies. Then, one of my friend who was not very close to me at that time asked me "What are you going to do during this 2 hours?" I replied "I will do revision for Malaysian Studies." He then said "No need lah. You are so clever already." I said "Not actually. That day I could not answer our Physics teacher's question correctly even though it was actually easy. He was disappointed with me and even thought that I was confused because I had a girl friend". He then said "Well, then do you have a girl friend? I mean during secondary school." I told him "No." Then, he said "For so long you never told us about your secondary school life." He and the girl beside him started asking me questions regarding my secondary school life and I answered all their questions. We were talking loudly so other students in class could hear our conversation.

They were interested in our conversation so they joined. They too asked me many questions and I answered them. It was the first time where I had a close conservation with my college friends. As a result of our conversations, I did not revise for the Malaysian Studies at that time but I already did the revision one day earlier so it doesn't matter. For the examination, the questions were not difficult and I could answer quite well. In this incident, I realised that I could actually communicate well with my college friends, only that never attempted to do so earlier. So, I told myself that from that day onwards, I should talk to my college friends more. That incident was very important to me, because after that incident, I became much closer to my college friends and I was no longer antisocial. I call this incident as my "31 July 2013 revolution". Therefore, 31 July 2013 was the most important day for me throughout year 2013. I have written in detail about this incident on my blog earlier. You can read it here: http://daniellimjj.blogspot.com/2014/06/31-july-2013-important-day-for-me.html

1 August 2013 (Thursday):

On that day, when I walked into the college class, I said to all my classmates "Hi everyone!". Most of them replied me "Hi, Daniel!". That was an obvious change after my "31 July 2013 revolution". There was Physics practical lesson on that day. It was the 2nd time I attended it in Semester 2 of A level. I did the experiment on the same table as one of my close friend. The experiment was slightly more difficult compared to the previous week. When the practical lesson ended, my friend realised that his iPhone was missing. He was still using it when carrying out the experiment. Soon, our classmates knew about that. I and some of our classmates helped him to look for his iPhone but we could not find. He also did not activate the "Find my iPhone" function. Later, one of our classmate called us to tell us that a girl in our class had taken his iPhone and placed it in someone's bag. I was rather surprised because I never expected that the girl would do something like that as she was excellent in her studies. Someone said that the girl had previously did the same thing to her too.

I and my 2 close friends decided to go for lunch at Jojo's Kitchen first since we already knew where was the iPhone. While we were having lunch, our other classmates happened to also come to the same restaurant for lunch. My friend then got back his iPhone from the person whose bag the iPhone was placed in. He also did not know that my friend's iPhone was placed in his bag. Actually, the girl who did that had no bad intention and she just wanted to disturb my friend. There would be a Mathematics class test on the next day which would test on the topics of Exponential, Logarithm Functions and Trigonometry which were all A2 topics. On that night, I did revision for those topics. I told myself that I must get full marks for the class test because I scored poorly in the previous class test.

2 August 2013 (Friday):

It was the last day of college before the one-week holiday for Hari Raya Aidilfitri started. When I was on the way to college, there was a very bad traffic jam. So, my father decided to use another way to the college to avoid the traffic jam. This way was longer and still had some traffic jam. Eventually, I arrived at the college late. Luckily the first period was not Mathematics because there was Mathematics class test on that day. When I walked into the class, many of my classmates said "Ponteng!" because I used to say that whenever someone was late. A few of my classmates was also late on that day. The Mathematics class test on that day was quite easy and I could answer all the questions. I even had time to recheck all my answers. I was very confident of getting full marks in that test. It was the 7th class test for Mathematics in the entire A Level.

On that afternoon, when I was sleeping, I had a strange dream. It actually consisted of 5 different dreams that were interconnected together. 2 of the dreams were bad while the others were neutral. The whole dream seemed to be very long although in reality I only slept for about 2 hours. I was a bit worried that the 2 bad dreams might be a sign that something would happen. On that night, I had pizza at home for dinner. After dinner, my parents took me back to Kulim because on the next day I would be taking the SPM Chinese Language oral test in Alor Star.

3 August 2013 (Saturday):

I woke up early in the morning. My father took me to Alor Star to take the SPM Chinese Language oral test. My grandparents also followed along. The oral test was held at Hotel Seri Malaysia, Alor Star. After I registered my name, I waited for some time before the oral test started. There were some other private candidates there who took the oral test for either Chinese Language or Arabic Language. Some of them were adults while others were like my age. The oral test consisted of 2 parts, individual and group test. I did the individual test first. I was given the topic "青少年通过教育可以成为谦恭有礼的人. 提出你的看法. " (Teenagers can become polite person through education. Give your opinion on this). It was a difficult topic and I did not have much ideas. I was given 10 minutes to prepare before the test. I partially agreed with the statement but I also stated that there are other ways to educate teenagers to be polite. However, I could not speak well. Luckily, the examiners were helpful and they helped me by asking me questions. There were 2 examiners.

After that, it was the group test. There were 2 other candidates in my group, one boy and one girl. We were given 3 topics to choose. I and my group members chose the topic "谈谈旅游业对我国的影响." (Explain the effects of tourism industry on our country) because it was the easiest one and the teacher in charge also suggested that we choose it. We were again given 10 minutes to prepare before the test. I discussed with my group members. I and the boy contributed many ideas but the girl mostly kept quiet and spoke very little. During the test, I could speak much better compared to the individual test. The boy also spoke very well but the girl again spoke very little. The examiners tried to help her by encouraging her to speak and by asking her questions, but she still did not speak much. At the end of the test, the examiners said that I and the boy got grade A while the girl passed. They did not tell us our marks but I accidentally saw that I got 26/30 for the individual test. Since I spoke much better during the group test, I assumed that I got higher marks for the group test. Only the higher of the marks for the individual test or group test would be taken into consideration. The oral test contributed 30 out of overall 230 marks for the SPM Chinese Language.

After the oral test, I, my father and my grandparents initially planned to have lunch at either Alor Star or Sungai Petani. However, I then had a bad diarrhea, most probably due to the pizza I ate on the previous night which might not be fresh. As a result, I had no appetite to eat, so we decided to go home without having lunch. On that night, I and my family went to a western food restaurant in Penang for dinner. At that time, I had the appetite to eat so I could finish the dinner. On the way home after dinner, my mother was talking to me about the iPhone which my grandfather bought recently. This reminded my brother about something which happened earlier and he brought up that issue again. He claimed that my mother had earlier promised to buy him a Samsung Galaxy S4 but she did not keep her promise. He was again unhappy about that. As a result of that, the atmosphere in the car was ruined. I was angry with him in my heart although I did not say it out.

After 3 August 2013, there was 1 week of college holiday. After the holidays, it was the AS Trial examination.

Conclusion:

It was clear that July 2013 was an eventful month for me because several notable incidents happened. My 31 July 2013 Revolution which was a very important incident for me also happened during July 2013. As you saw, I wrote about the incidents which happened on almost every day in July 2013. I also added the first 3 days of August 2013 because some important incidents happened on that 3 days and they were continuation to the July 2013 incidents. The reason why I could remember all the dates and incidents on each date so clearly was because I wrote diary everyday at that time. However, July 2013 was not the most interesting or most important month in year 2013 for me. The reason was because at that time, I was still antisocial and not very close to my college friends. I only became very close to them after the 31 July incident. Besides, July 2013 was a rather unproductive month for me. I had difficulties in understanding the A2 topics taught by my teachers as I mentioned above. I was also lazy to revise the AS topics because I was overconfident after scoring above 90 marks for all subjects in the Semester 1 examination. This later adversely affected my AS Trial examination in August 2013, where my marks for all subjects fell compared to the Semester 1 exam.

For the Olimpiad Matematik Kebangsaan 2013 competition which I took part in 13 July 2013, the results was out in October 2013. I managed to be in the top-95 and get the "Sijil Sanjungan Kehormat" again like in year 2012. In December 2013, my Mathematics teacher gave me a certificate for that. For the Mathematics class test on 2 August 2013, my teacher only gave us back the test paper in September 2013 due to the AS Trial examination. I got full marks (25/25) as I expected. One of my classmates also got full marks.

If you find this story interesting, you may want to read this too:
(THE END)

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Full Notes for Cambridge International AS and A Level Subjects

If you are looking for full Cambridge International AS and A level revision notes, you have come to the right place. Here are all the notes that I use when doing revision for examinations. I do not use any other notes. These notes are based on the 2014 syllabus, but are also applicable for the 2015 syllabus. However, these notes may not be suitable to be used from the 2016 syllabus onwards due to major changes to the syllabus. The notes are almost entirely complete and correct, but there is no 100% guarantee.

AS Chemistry Notes:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9Q04tVlp0VlNMTTA/edit?usp=sharing

AS Physics Notes:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9U2hyUmgtdDgteXc/edit?usp=sharing

AS Biology Notes:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9UlgxMDVUU0hGejQ/edit?usp=sharing

A2 Chemistry Notes:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9cDY5VWdvbnhrZmc/edit?usp=sharing

A2 Physics Notes:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9ZFlpUGRsODNkY28/edit?usp=sharing

A2 Biology Notes:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9TGxZeDRZVEdPeGc/edit?usp=sharing

Notes for any other subjects are not available.

To download the notes, please open the links above, then click Download. The downloaded file is in .zip format. It is recommended that you use fast and stable internet connection when downloading because the files are quite large (between 30MB and 80MB).

To open the .zip file, you need to use WinRAR or 7-Zip for Windows; iZip for iOS; ZArchiver for Android.

The .zip file contains all the notes for the subject. The files may be in .pdf, .doc, .ppt or .pptx format.

To open the .pdf file, you need to use Adobe Reader.

To open the .doc file, you need to use Microsoft Word for Windows; Pages or Microsoft Word for iOS; QuickOffice for Android.

To open the .ppt or .pptx file, you need to use Microsoft PowerPoint (2007 or above) for Windows; Keynote or Microsoft PowerPoint for iOS; QuickOffice for Android.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

31 July 2013: An important day for me

Before reading this story, you may want to first read about the precursor to this incident:
http://daniellimjj.blogspot.com/2014/04/25-april-2013-another-important-day-for.html

Now it is year 2014. Looking back at year 2013, the most important day for me was 31 July 2013. The reason is because starting from that day onwards, I was no longer antisocial. But what actually happened on that day?

Since when I entered Taylor's College in January 2013, I was always antisocial. I seldom talked to many of my college friends. The main reason was because I am from Kulim while all of them are from KL, so I was afraid. Also, I did not know any of them previously before entering Taylor's College. So, I often talked to only a few of my college friends who are closer to me.

On 31 July 2013, it was the final test for the MPW Malaysian Studies subject in the afternoon. All students had 2 hours of free time before the test to revise for the test. During that 2 hours, there was no teacher in my class. I and some of my classmates revised in the classroom, while others revised at somewhere else in the college.

At first, I did revision for the Malaysian Studies. Then, one of my friend who was previously not very close to me suddenly asked me something regarding my secondary school life. This started the conversation between me and him. Since my secondary school life was quite interesting, I could tell him a lot about that. Then, he started asking me more questions because he was interested to know.

Because there was no teacher in class, we talked quite loudly. As a result, my other classmates who were in the classroom could hear our conversation. They were interested in our conversation so they joined the conversation. They also asked me a lot about my secondary school life and I just answered accordingly. I talked to them for a long time until when the test was about to start. Through that conversation, my college friends started to know more about me.

Because of that conversation, I and my friends could not really revise for the Malaysian Studies test. However, we could still answer the test quite well because we had revised for it one day before that. After the test ended, I returned home. When I was at home, I thought back of what had happened in college on that day.

I realised that it was the first time I had a close conversation with my college friends. Before that, I seldom talked to them mainly because I was afraid. However, in reality I could actually communicate with my college friends quite well, and that was why on that day I could talk to them for so long. I also felt that it is interesting to talk to them.

I remembered that since April 2013, I had started treasuring my college life, because I did not want to repeat the same mistake that I made during secondary school. However, I realised that although I did treasure my college life, I did not make the most out of it. By being antisocial, I had actually wasted so many months of college life. If I had been a sociable person, those few months would have been much more interesting.

Because I was antisocial, that also caused me to fail my MPW Moral Education subject earlier. I remembered that I did not join my group to carry out the project work just because the other group members were not very close to me.

Thinking of all those made I understood something. It is wrong to me to be antisocial. Instead, I should talk more to my college friends. I told myself that from that day onwards I should change. In that way, my college life would surely be much more interesting, and it won't be wasted.

After that incident, I was no longer afraid to talk to my college friends. I often talk to them a lot. Also, I often followed my friends out for lunch. Therefore, I was no longer antisocial. Consequently, my college life became much more interesting, and that is why I treasure it even more than before.

So, it is clear that the incident on 31 July 2013 caused me to be no longer antisocial. Again, I call that incident as my 31 JULY 2013 REVOLUTION . 31 July 2013 is indeed a very important day for me, isn't it right?


If you find this story interesting, you may also want to read this:
http://daniellimjj.blogspot.com/2013/06/4-june-2012-incident.html

Exactly one year earlier on 31 July 2012, another important incident happened. You can read about it here:
http://daniellimjj.blogspot.com/2013/06/31-july-2012-incident.html

Monday, 28 April 2014

25 April 2013: Another important day for me

The results of the application for MOE Matriculation 2013 program was out on 25 April 2013. Before the results was out, I was very worried, and I kept praying. I was not worried of NOT GETTING the Matriculation, instead I was worried of GETTING it. Why is this the case?

When I was in secondary school, I had always wanted to study Matriculation, mainly because at that time I only wanted to enter local universities, and I did not want to go overseas. At that time, I also heard of A Level, but I did not like A Level, because A Level is not accepted by local public universities. In fact, I once said "I will rather study STPM instead of A Level".

After completing SPM, I initially wanted to wait until the results of the application for Matriculation to be out, but my family wanted me to study A Level at Taylor's college first, in case I do not get the offer to study Matriculation. I reluctantly agreed, but I told them that if later I got the Matriculation offer, I will DEFINITELY switch to it.

However, it turned out that life in Taylor's College is very interesting. Soon, I began to enjoy it, and I no longer wanted to switch to Matriculation. However, I did not want to tell my parents about that, as I felt that it was like an "admission of defeat", because earlier I was so sure that I wanted to study Matriculation. Therefore, I pretended that I still wanted to switch to Matriculation.

Later, the SPM 2012 results was out. I got 9A+ 1A and was offered the MOE Bursary. At that time, my family advised me to continue with A Level. They said that since I did not get A+ for SPM English, studying A Level would be a good way to improve my English. Although I wanted to continue with A Level, I could not agree with them that my English "needs improvement". So, I refused to listen to their advice.

As a result, my family thought that I really wanted to study Matriculation. Later, they heard rumours from someone that Matriculation students can get into Medicine course at local universities easily. Because of that, my family began to prefer that I study Matriculation. In fact, they advised me to switch to Matriculation if I got the offer. At that time, I still did not want to tell my family that I preferred A Level over Matriculation, because I still consider that as an "Admission of defeat".

Therefore, I began to feel worried that my family would force me to switch to Matriculation. As a "safety measure", I quickly confirmed my acceptance of the MOE Bursary and I chose Taylor's College A Level as the program of choice. After confirming it, the program of choice can no longer be changed unless I give up the Bursary. So, I can use that as an excuse in case my family wants me to switch.

One day before the results of the application for Matriculation was out, I told my family that I would switch to Matriculation only if I am given Kolej MARA Kulim. However, my family said that they wanted me to go for Matriculation no matter which college I am given. They also warned me not to lie to them about the results.

Because of that, on 25 April 2013, I was very worried. If I got the Matriculation, my family might really force me to switch. I really enjoyed life in Taylor's College and I did not want to leave my friends. I could not lie to my family about the results because they were able to check the results. Worst of all, on that day both the Matriculation website and the SMS checking system were down for some time due to too many students checking the results.

Finally, later in that afternoon I was able to check the results. I was very happy and relieved to know that I did NOT get the offer to study Matriculation. I told my family about that and I showed them the results so that they would believe me. I pretended to feel disappointed about that and they advised me not to feel sad.

In this incident, I do not blame my family. It is my fault because from the beginning I did not make it clear to them that I wanted to study A Level. Most importantly, this incident taught me an important lesson: I should treasure my life in Taylor's college and make the most out of it. In this incident, I nearly had to leave Taylor's college, and that made me realised that I should treasure my college life. I call this incident as my "25 April Revolution".

Since then, I always treasured my college life. In fact, this incident became a precursor to my "31 July 2013 Revolution" later. Now, one year had passed, and I really enjoyed studying A level in Taylor's college. I can say, choosing Taylor's college A level over Matriculation is one of the BEST decisions I have ever made. Actually, I had to thank my family who initially forced me to study in Taylor's college.


You can read about my "31 July 2013 Revolution" here:
http://daniellimjj.blogspot.com/2014/06/31-july-2013-important-day-for-me.html

Saturday, 8 February 2014

SPM 2012 and SPM 2011 Question Papers

If you are looking for actual question papers for SPM 2012 and SPM 2011, you can download them from the links below.

SPM 2012:

Bahasa Melayu Kertas 1:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9Z0ZGSWliXzhza2c/edit?usp=sharing
Bahasa Melayu Kertas 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9bVNYSmFoS2w1WWs/edit?usp=sharing
Bahasa Inggeris Kertas 1:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9OEotSVMtUFhra1E/edit?usp=sharing
Bahasa Inggeris Kertas 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9bS1UWXc2NEJJZHc/edit?usp=sharing
Mathematics Paper 1:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9dm9RRWlySjBVVEU/edit?usp=sharing
Mathematics Paper 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9MlM5ZzJQdVBFSUE/edit?usp=sharing
Additional Mathematics Paper 1:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9bmhvRDJYQm1tU3M/edit?usp=sharing
Additional Mathematics Paper 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9dlVrYW9mcWRvMzQ/edit?usp=sharing
Chemistry Paper 1:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9R3IzU3hnT0tsU28/edit?usp=sharing
Chemistry Paper 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9RGY3MVZEMTBoczA/edit?usp=sharing
Chemistry Paper 3:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9M1p6WlNYT0twSHc/edit?usp=sharing
Physics Paper 1:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9d3J4aDhqODhXQk0/edit?usp=sharing
Physics Paper 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9djZTajVOaVBabHM/edit?usp=sharing
Physics Paper 3:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9YnBqbXdqVUZ1YWs/edit?usp=sharing
Biology Paper 1:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9U0NXZmVVME5Qd0E/edit?usp=sharing
Biology Paper 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9aEZaczhiRGxyajQ/edit?usp=sharing
Biology Paper 3:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9TVlUdlhlOU5MUW8/edit?usp=sharing
Information And Communication Technology Paper 1:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9THNjdkZMekNyMTA/edit?usp=sharing
Prinsip Perakaunan Kertas 1 & 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9SV91OHFRTHluOFE/edit?usp=sharing
Science Paper 1:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9ZEVzV0JabVJXdkU/edit?usp=sharing
Science Paper 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9eUJLQnRCYU95V2c/edit?usp=sharing
Sejarah Kertas 1:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9bl9kcXBUemFUSGc/edit?usp=sharing
Sejarah Kertas 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9QXluTVBXelhHQjA/edit?usp=sharing
Bahasa Cina Kertas 1:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9TW1mZEl3b09QUEE/edit?usp=sharing
Bahasa Cina Kertas 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9djQ2ZlFlVWYtSUU/edit?usp=sharing


SPM 2011:

Bahasa Melayu Kertas 1 & 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9MThVT2p3cW16TEE/edit?usp=sharing
Bahasa Inggeris Kertas 1 & 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9elFfd0hrV211Uzg/edit?usp=sharing
Mathematics Paper 1 & 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9NGc1dTA2cURNR00/edit?usp=sharing
Additional Mathematics Paper 1 & 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9RV9fbTdraGpNNEk/edit?usp=sharing
Chemistry Paper 1, 2 & 3:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9NDhMdEVUa05SSTA/edit?usp=sharing
Physics Paper 1, 2 & 3:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9TjY0ZmVrdHl2UzQ/edit?usp=sharing
Biology Paper 1, 2 & 3:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9dndmSjNNM1BiRTA/edit?usp=sharing
Information And Communication Technology Paper 1:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9bzZhUjY4bW50T1E/edit?usp=sharing
Prinsip Perakaunan Kertas 1 & 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9WTBTUWRyR2JhNDQ/edit?usp=sharing
Science Paper 1 & 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9Vy1mNS15dEdqc0E/edit?usp=sharing
Sejarah Kertas 1 & 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9R0VjeDM5YnY2djA/edit?usp=sharing
Pendidikan Islam Kertas 1 & 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9M3QwSTgzTHcxQW8/edit?usp=sharing
Bahasa Cina Kertas 1 & 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ghYzbPUYH9OGphRDk5VGduMzQ/edit?usp=sharing


To download, open the download link above. After that, click File, then click Download to start the download.

The downloaded file is in .pdf format. To open the file, you will need to use Adobe Reader.

Note:
1. The actual mark schemes for SPM are secret and not released to the public, so they are not available on the internet. However, revision books with past year SPM questions do provide suggested answers.
2. I am not planning to upload the question papers for other year's SPM, for other subjects not found above and for past year's SPM trial examination. If you are looking for those question papers, try searching elsewhere on the internet.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

CIE Oct/Nov 2013 Question Papers and Mark Schemes

If you are looking for question papers, mark schemes and grade thresholds for Cambridge International AS and A Level, Cambridge IGCSE or Cambridge O Level for the October/November 2013 session, you can download them from the links below.

Cambridge International AS and A Level:
https://www.mediafire.com/folder/c8gq13yp66lh9/Cambridge%20International%20AS%20and%20A%20Level

Cambridge IGCSE:
https://www.mediafire.com/folder/q1ec8g299gvyy/Cambridge%20IGCSE

Cambridge O Level:
https://www.mediafire.com/folder/hhrdhrfcsmqt2/Cambridge%20O%20Level

To download, open the download link above. After that, click on the subject you want, then click on the file. Finally, click the green Download button to start the download.

The download links above contain question papers and mark schemes for most subjects but not all the subjects.

The downloaded file is in .rar format. The file contains all the question papers, mark schemes and grade threshold for that subject. To open the file, you will need to use WinRAR or 7-Zip. You can download 7-Zip for free here:
http://www.7-zip.org/download.html

Note:
1. The files are not uploaded by me, but by someone else. The person may remove the file from the links above at any time he/she wishes. If that happens, the download links above will no longer work.
2. The download links above will take you to MediaFire.com . MediaFire.com may sometimes be unstable, causing the page to not load correctly. If that happens, try reloading the page.


If you are looking for question papers, mark schemes and grade thresholds for the CIE May/June 2013 session instead, you can find them in this link:
Open the link above, then select the examination followed by the subject you want. After that, click on the file to open it.

If you are looking for question papers, mark schemes and grade thresholds for CIE year 2003 to 2012 instead, you can find them in this link:
Open the link above, then select the examination followed by the subject you want. After that, click on the file to open it.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

My 2013 Year End Examination

Until now, the longest examination that I have ever taken was my 2013 year end examination. The SPM examination that I took in November 2012 was also quite long, but it lasted for only about 3 weeks. On the other hand, my 2013 year end examination lasted for almost 2 months. During my 2013 year end examination, I actually took 4 different examinations. My first day of exam was on 15 October 2013, while my last day of exam was on 7 December 2013. During that 2 months, I was very busy studying for my exam. However, I did not feel too stressful, and some interesting events happened during the 2 months. In fact, I felt that I was more stressful during my SPM examination.


Here are some details of the 4 examinations I took.

1. Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level Final Examination:

I am currently studying A Level in Taylor's College Subang Jaya. AS Level is the first half of the full A Level. The AS Level final examination contributes half of the marks for the overall A Level results. I took 4 subjects, which are Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics. For the AS Level examination, Mathematics has 2 papers, while Chemistry, Physics and Biology have 3 papers each.

2. BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT):

I applied to the Oxford University, University College London and Imperial College London for Medicine course. I applied for these universities because they are in the top 10 universities list of the JPA scholarship. These 3 universities require all applicants who apply for Medicine course to take an admission test, which is the BMAT. The BMAT examination has 3 sections.

3. Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM):

I first took the SPM in year 2012. However, I did not take the Chinese language subject in SPM 2012 because I was not confident of getting A+ or A. However, as a Chinese, I have the responsibility to take Chinese language in SPM. Therefore, I took Chinese language in SPM 2013 as private candidate. I did not take any other subjects in SPM 2013. SPM Chinese Language has 2 papers.

4. International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

All universities that I have applied to or plan to apply to require proof of English language proficiency because the courses are studied in English. IELTS is the most commonly used English language proficiency test by universities. My IELTS testing fee was paid by the Ministry of Education under the Bursary. The IELTS test has 4 components, which are Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.


This is my diary for every day during the examination.

11 October 2013 (Friday):

This is the last day of college before the AS Level Final Examination starts. After college, I had lunch with my friends at Ooi's Noodle House. After returning home, I revised Mathematics Paper 1. 

12 October (Saturday) to 14 October 2013 (Monday):

There were no college during the 3 days. I spent most of my time doing revision for Mathematics Paper 1. I did past year questions for Mathematics Paper 1 and also went through the examples in the textbook and my teacher's notes.

15 October 2013 (Tuesday):

It was the first day of the AS Level Final Examination. The subject tested on that day was AS Mathematics Paper 1. The questions were very easy. I could finish all the questions within the time limit and I even had time to recheck all my answers. I was confident to score very high marks and maybe full marks for Mathematics Paper 1. After the examination, my friends told me that they were planning to go to Singapore for holidays in December 2013 and they asked me if I wanted to join them. I was interested to join them but I had to ask my parents' permission first. They had a discussion about the trip to Singapore in the college learning hub. After returning home, I told my parents about the trip to Singapore and they agreed to let me go. I also telephoned my grandparents to tell them about that and they agreed. Later, through Whatsapp told my friends that I would be joining them to go to Singapore.

16 October (Wednesday) to 21 October 2013 (Monday):

There were no examination during these few days. From 16 October to 19 October, I spent most of my time revising Biology Paper 2. I did past year questions for Biology Paper 2. I also revised my teacher's notes, the notes that I took down myself while in class and the textbook. Then on 20 October, I revised for Physics Paper 3. I went through the past year papers and the mark schemes on the internet. I also went through my practical manual book and the textbook. I then posted on Facebook some common answers for the Limitations and Improvements questions which always appear in the Question 2 of Physics Paper 3 to help my friends.

22 October 2013 (Tuesday):

The subject tested on that day was AS Physics Paper 3. I was in Shift 1 so I did not have to be quarantined before the examination started. Some of my friends were also in Shift 1 but others were in Shift 2. For Physics Paper 3, the experiments were easy to carry out and the questions were quite easy. For the Limitations and Improvements question in Question 2, 3 out of the 4 answers could be found in my list of common answers which I posted on Facebook a day earlier. I was confident to get high marks for Physics Paper 3. After the examination, I and all students in Shift 1 had to be quarantined for 1 hour. My friends told me that they also used the answers in my list of common answers. After returning home, I revised Biology Paper 2.

23 October 2013 (Wednesday):

The subject tested on that day was AS Biology Paper 2. The questions were moderately difficult. They were easier than what I expected. One of the question was exactly the same as the question which appeared in the previous year's examination. I could get full marks for that question since I just did it one day earlier. However, there were also a few questions that were quite difficult. I was confident of getting at least 48/60 for Biology Paper 2. After returning home, I revised Physics Paper 2 and Chemistry Paper 2.

24 October (Thursday) to 28 October 2013 (Monday):

There were no examination during these few days. From 24 October to 27 October, I spent most of my time revising Physics Paper 2 and Chemistry Paper 2. I did past year questions for Physics Paper 2 and Chemistry Paper 2. Then on 28 October, I did revision for Chemistry Paper 3. I went through the past year papers and the mark schemes on the internet. I also went through my practical manual book.

29 October 2013 (Tuesday):

The subject tested on that day was AS Chemistry Paper 3. I was in Shift 2 so I had to be quarantined for more than 2 hours before the examination started. Some of my friends were also in Shift 2 but others were in Shift 1. For Chemistry Paper 3, the experiments were not difficult to carry out and the questions were easy. The questions, especially those on Qualitative Analysis, were easier than what I had expected. During that examination, it was the first time that I successfully got a 'pop' sound when I used a lighted wooden splinter to test for hydrogen gas. After the examination, I did not have to be quarantined. After returning home, I revised Physics Paper 2.

30 October (Wednesday) to 4 November 2013 (Monday):

There were no examination during these few days. From 30 October to 2 November, I spent most of my time doing revision for Physics Paper 2. I did past year questions for Physics Paper 2. I also revised my teacher's notes and the textbook. Then on 3 November and 4 November, I did revision for Mathematics Paper 6. I did past year questions for Mathematics Paper 6 and also went through the examples in the textbook and my teacher's notes.

5 November 2013 (Tuesday):

The subject tested on that day was AS Mathematics Paper 6. The questions were very easy. I could finish all the questions within the time limit and I even had time to recheck all my answers. I was confident to get very high marks and maybe full marks for Mathematics Paper 6. I was very sure of getting above 90 marks or maybe 100 marks for AS Mathematics. After returning home, I revised Biology Paper 3.

6 November 2013 (Wednesday):

The test on that day was the BMAT. The test was held in the afternoon. I went to college in the morning. I went to the library and did revision for Biology Paper 3. I did not revise for the BMAT because it tests on scientific knowledge that is already in the A level syllabus, as well as aptitude and writing skills. In the library, I met one of my friend who was also revising Biology. Then when I was about to go for lunch, I met a few of my friends. I had lunch with them at JoJo's Kitchen. After lunch, I walked to the 7th floor of Wisma Subang Jaya to take the BMAT. BMAT Section A was very difficult because the questions tested on aptitude and IQ. I could not answer many of the questions and I also did not have enough time to finish all the questions. BMAT Section B was easier because the questions tested on Science and Mathematics. I could answer many of the questions, but I still could not finish all the questions within the time limit. BMAT Section C was moderately difficult. I could finish writing the essay within the time limit. After returning home, I continued revising Biology Paper 3. I went through the past year questions and the mark schemes on the internet. I also revised the Practical worksheets, my teacher's notes and the textbook.

7 November 2013 (Thursday):

The subject tested on that day was AS Biology Paper 3. I was in Shift 1 so I did not have to be quarantined before the examination started. All my classmates were also in Shift 1. For Biology Paper 3, the questions were not too difficult and were easier than what I had expected, but the experiments were very difficult to carry out. For question 1, I could not get a correct trend for the results of experiment and I had to rush to finish it just on time. For question 2, the image of the specimen in the microscope slide observed under the microscope was not clear so it was very difficult to draw. I was not confident to score well in Biology Paper 3 and I believe that I had screwed it up. After the examination, I and all students in Shift 1 had to be quarantined for 1 hour. Many of my friends also felt that Biology Paper 3 was very difficult. After returning home, I did revision for Physics Paper 2.

8 November 2013 (Friday):

The subject tested on that day was AS Physics Paper 2. The questions were moderately difficult. They were easier than what I expected. However, I later realised that I made a careless mistake in one question, where I misread 'Elastic potential energy' as 'Electric potential energy'. There were also a few questions that were quite difficult. I was confident of getting at least 50/60 for Physics Paper 2. After returning home, I revised Chemistry Paper 2.

9 November (Saturday) and 10 November 2013 (Sunday):

There were no examination during these two days. I spent most of my time doing revision for Chemistry Paper 2. I did past year questions for Chemistry Paper 2. I also revised my teacher's notes.

11 November 2013 (Monday):

The subject tested on that day was AS Chemistry Paper 2. The questions were quite easy and were easier than what I had expected. However, there were a few questions that were a bit difficult.  I was confident to get at least 54/60 for Chemistry Paper 2. After the examination, I went to the bookshop opposite my college to buy the past year questions for Chemistry, Physics and Biology Paper 1. Then, my friends wanted to go to somewhere for lunch, and they would be driving there. I was interested to follow them there, but my mother would be fetching me home in an hour so I was afraid that I could not return to college on time. At last, I decided to follow them there. I sat one of my friend's car. When I was on the way there, I sent an SMS to my mother to tell her to fetch me 2 hours later. At first, my friends wanted to go to a restaurant in Glenmarie but later we found out that the restaurant no longer existed. Later, they decided to go to Secrets of Louisiana restaurant in Kelana Jaya. It is not too far away from our college. It has a nice scenery since it is located beside a lake and the food there was tasty. Then, my mother telephoned me and told me that she agreed to fetch me 2 hours later. After eating, some of my friends wanted to go shopping at Paradigm Mall but I could not follow them because my mother was going to fetch me soon. My friend drove me back to college. That was the first time I followed my friend out to somewhere far away from our college and it was really an interesting experience. After returning home, I slept for a while. On that night, my parents took me back to Kulim because I had no examination for the following 2 weeks.

12 November (Tuesday) to 25 November 2013 (Monday):

There was no examination during this 2 weeks. From 12 November to 22 November, I stayed in  Kulim. Them, I returned to Subang Jaya on 23 November. Throughout this 2 weeks, I spent most of my time revising Physics Paper 1, Chemistry Paper 1 and Biology Paper 1. I did past year questions for the 3 subjects. I also revised SPM Chinese Language. I did the questions in my SPM Chinese Language revision book.

26 November 2013 (Tuesday):

The subject tested on that day was AS Physics Paper 1. Most of the questions were quite easy and I could answer all questions within the time limit. However, two of the questions were difficult and I later found out that I answered both questions wrongly. I was confident to get above 36/40 for Physics Paper 1. I was very sure of getting grade A and above 90 marks for AS Physics. After returning home, I did revision for Chemistry Paper 1.

27 November 2013 (Wednesday):

The subject tested on that day was AS Chemistry Paper 1. Most of the questions were easy and I could answer all questions within the time limit. However, I later found out that I made a careless mistake in one of the questions. I was confident to get above 36/40 for Chemistry Paper 1. I was very sure of getting grade A and above 90 marks for AS Chemistry. After returning home, I revised SPM Chinese Language.

28 November 2013 (Thursday):

There was no examination on that day. I spent most of my time revising Biology Paper 1. I did past year questions. I also revised my teacher's notes, the textbook and the notes that I took down while in class.

29 November 2013 (Friday):

That was the last day of the AS Level Final Examination. The subject tested on that day was AS Biology Paper 1. Most of the questions were not difficult. However, a few questions were quite difficult and I was not sure whether I answered them correctly or not. I was not confident to get very high marks for Biology Paper 1. I was very sure of getting grade A but not above 90 marks for AS Biology. After retuning home, I did revision for SPM Chinese Language.

30 November (Saturday) to 2 December 2013 (Monday):

There was no examination during these few days. On 30 December, my parents drove me back to Kulim because I would be taking the SPM Chinese Language in Kulim. During these few days, I spent most of my time doing revision for SPM Chinese Language. I revised my SPM Chinese Language reference book. I mostly did revision on the Idioms and Practical Writing sections.

3 December 2013 (Tuesday):

The examination on that day was the SPM Chinese Language. I took the examination at SMK Keladi. It turned out that I was the only candidate in the whole examination hall on that day. Actually there was another candidate who took SPM Arabic Language but he was absent. SPM Chinese Language Paper 2 started first, followed by Paper 1. Paper 2 was quite difficult but was easier than what I had expected, while Paper 1 was not difficult. I was not sure what grade I would be getting for SPM Chinese Language. I hoped to get grade A- or better. After the examination, my grandparents took me to a restaurant in Bukit Mertajam for lunch. On that night, I and my grandparents took a train to Subang Jaya. It was more than 10 years ago since I last took a train. We slept on the train. It was an interesting experience taking a train. 

4 December 2013 (Wednesday):

There was no examination on that day but I had college. We arrived in KL Sentral at about 6:30AM. My parents were already there to fetch us. We then had breakfast at one of the restaurants near my college. After breakfast, I attended college. I told my friends about the SPM Chinese Language examination and my experience taking a train. After returning home from college, I wanted to prepare for the IELTS Speaking but I realised that there were nothing much that I could prepare. I just went through the IELTS reference book that I borrowed from my friend.

5 December 2013 (Thursday):

The test on that day was the IELTS Speaking. I attended college as usual in the morning. Then at 11AM, I left class and walked to IDP Subang Jaya opposite my college to take the IELTS Speaking.   Before the test started, the person in charge told me that the IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing two days later would be held at KBU International College instead of Wisma Subang Jaya because there would be an event at Wisma Subang Jaya. The IELTS Speaking was moderately difficult. For the first part, I was asked questions about myself. For the second part, I was asked to describe a historical event that interests me. I talked about the independence of Malaya, but I could not describe it very well. For the third part, I was asked a few more questions regarding history. I was not sure what band score I would get for IELTS Speaking. I hoped to get a band score of 6.5 or higher. After the test, I returned to college and continued attending lessons. After returning home, I prepared for IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing.

6 December 2013 (Friday):

There was no examination on that day but I had college. In the morning, I attended college as usual. After returning home, I made preparation for IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing. I went through the IELTS reference book that I borrowed from my friend.

7 December 2013 (Saturday):

That was the last day of all my examinations. The test on that day was the IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing. In the morning, my mother took me to KBU International College in Damansara. There, I waited for some time before the test started. IELTS Listening started first, followed by IELTS Reading and finally IELTS Writing. IELTS Listening was very easy. I could hear most of the words clearly and I could answer most of the questions. IELTS Reading was also very easy. The passages given were easy to read and understand and I could answer most of the questions. However, IELTS Writing was difficult, especially the second part. For the first part, it asked me to describe the data given in a table. For the second part, the question was 'Is it possible to be a responsible tourist?'. The question did explain the meaning of 'responsible tourist' and I could understand it, but the essay was difficult to elaborate. I was confident to get higher than band 7.0 for IELTS Listening and Reading, but I was not confident in IELTS Writing. I hoped to get a band score of 6.5 or higher for IELTS Writing and an overall IELTS band score of 7.0 or higher. After the test, my mother took me to Village Park Restaurant for lunch. After returning home, I relaxed for the whole day, and for the rest of the days until the 3rd semester of A Level started on 7 January 2014.
 

These are the results for my examinations.

BMAT:

Before the results was out, I hoped to get at least 5.0 for Section A, 6.0 for Section B, 3.5 for Section C Quality of Content and Grade B for Section C Quality of Writing. The results was out on 27 November 2013. I checked my results online using the computer in the library of my college. My actual results was 4.8 out of 9.0 for Section A, 6.4 out of 9.0 for Section B, 4.0 out of 5.0 for Section C Quality of Content and Grade B for Section C Quality of Writing. According to the website, the mean score for all candidates on that year was 4.8 for Section A, 4.6 for Section B, 3.0 for Section C Quality of Content and Grade A for Section C Quality of Writing. Few candidates got above 6.0 for Section A and B. I was satisfied with my results for Section B and Section C but not Section A. My BMAT results was able to meet the entry requirements for University College London and Imperial College London but not Oxford University.

IELTS:

Before the results was out, I hoped to get band score of at least 6.5 for Writing and Speaking, band score of at least 7.5 for Listening and Reading, and overall band score of at least 7.0 . The results was out on 20 December 2013 2PM. I checked my results online at home using my newly bought iPad Air. My actual results was Band 8.5 for Listening, Band 9.0 for Reading, Band 7.0 for Writing and Band 6.5 for Speaking. My overall band score was 8.0 . I was very satisfied with my results. My IELTS results was able to meet the entry requirements of all universities that I have applied or planning to apply, except Oxford University and University of Queensland, which require band score of 7.0 for all 4 components. However, both Oxford University and University of Queensland accept SPM English 1119 as an English language proficiency test, so I can still apply for them.

AS Level Final Examination:

Before the results was out, I hoped to get grade A with Percentage Uniform Mark of at least 90 for all 4 subjects. However, I was not confident to get Percentage Uniform Mark of 90 for Biology, although I was confident to get grade A for Biology. The results was out on 24 January 2014 2PM. I checked my results online using the computer in the library of my college. My actual results was grade A for all 4 subjects. My percentage uniform mark was 96 for Mathematics, 96 for Chemistry, 93 for Physics and 90 for Biology. I was quite satisfied with my results. However, I was a little disappointed for getting 96 marks for Mathematics because I earlier expected that I could get 100 marks. Still, I was very happy because that was the first time in my life where I got 90 marks and above for all subjects in one examination. 90 marks and above is actually an A* grade, but there is no A* grade at AS level, only at the full A level. My results was able to meet the entry requirements of all universities that I have applied or planning to apply.

SPM:

Before the results was out, I hoped to get at least grade A- for SPM Chinese Language. However, I was not sure what grade I would be getting. The results was out on 20 March 2014 10AM. I checked my results online using my iPad in the learning hub of my college. My actual results was grade A-. I was quite satisfied with my results. However, I was a little disappointed for not getting A or A+ for Chinese Language. My results was able to meet the entry requirements for the University of Hong Kong, which requires grade C.