|Year||Descriptive||Argumentative||Factual / Expository||Narrative||One Word / Open||Imaginative / Reflective||Letter|
|2019||Write about the day you first met your best friend. Describe where you were and how you began talking to each other. Explain how your friendship has developed since that time.||(1) "Modern inventions have made our lives much too complicated. Things used to be a lot simpler in the past." How far do you agree? Explain why.
(2) Which do you think is more important, money or health? Compare the two and decide if one is more important than the other. Give your reasons.
|Write a story about two people who had an argument because one of them had lost a mobile phone. End your story with: "... and they both realised how foolish they had been."||If you had the chance to be someone else, who would you choose to be? Explain what would be good about being that person, and what might be difficult.|
|2018||Describe a problem you once had while you were travelling. Explain what you did to solve the problem and what you have learnt from the experience.
||Young people should be trusted to make their own decisions. How far do you agree with this opinion? Explain why.||Some people complain that they have no free time. Discuss the reasons why they might say this and suggest how they could use time better.||Write a story about a teenager who had an unusual hobby. Explain what was unusual about the hobby and how the teenager’s friends became interested in it. Begin your story with: “Even though it was a strange hobby, everyone came to love it ...”||Imagine you went to a big sports event. Describe what you saw, what happened and how you felt on that day.|
|2017||Describe the first time you went on a camping trip. You should write about the activities at the camp and explain how you felt about the experience.
||The Malaysian tradition of having open houses is important and should be practised more. Do you agree? Give reasons to support your view.||(1) Write a story in which you had to keep a friend’s secret. In your story, give details of the secret and explain why it was important to keep that secret.
(2) Write a story of a small town girl who worked hard to become a successful chef. Begin your story with: “She has used the last of her savings to get to the cooking competition in the big city and ...”
|If you had the opportunity to move to another part of Malaysia, where would you choose to live? Explain your choice.|
|2016||Some people believe that all students in Malaysia should learn at least three languages. What do you think?||What is the best way for teenagers to stay fit and healthy?||(1) Write a story about a time in someone’s life when music played an important role.
(2) Write about your experience helping Puan Ramlah, an elderly lady who lives alone. End your story with “... I learnt a lot about myself by helping Puan Ramlah.”
|There are many things to do after your SPM examination. Write about your plans for the next three months and the challenges you might face.|
|2015||(1) Describe what makes you happy and explain why.
(2) ‘Honesty is the best policy.’ Describe an experience when this was true for you.
|Social networking has caused a lot of problems. How far do you agree?||Why is having good neighbours important?||Write a story about someone you know who took a big risk and had a good result. Begin your story with: "Everybody said that the plan would never work. It was far too risky ..."|
|2014||(1) Describe an important family celebration and how you felt about it. (2) ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed.’ Describe how a friend helped you in difficult time.||There is a lack of freedom given to teenagers today. Do you agree?||Why are animals important to human beings?||Write a story about a fisherman beginning with: "The wind blew strongly. Out at sea, ..."|
|2013||‘Truly Malaysian.’ Describe what this means to you.||Is tuition necessary? Discuss.||Reality shows||(1) Write a story about being alone. (2) Write a story that ends with: "... and so I became a better person."|
|2012||Describe an outing with your friends.||Should parents give children more freedom? Discuss.||Saving money for the future.||Write a story beginning with: "The teacher walked into the classroom. It was the first period ..." (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)||Cleanliness|
|2011||A famous person you admire.||Should school students have part time jobs? Discuss.||Write a story that ends with: "... They looked at each other and smiled meaningfully." (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)||(1) Peace (2) The best things in life are free. (A reflective essay)|
|2010||Describe the most popular student in your school.||“The Internet is mostly a good thing.” Do you agree? Support your opinion. (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)||What can we do to save the environment?||Write a story beginning with "It had been raining all day...".
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|2009||Describe an unforgettable incident that you saw on your way home from school.
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|School children should not have long holidays. Do you agree?||My favourite day of the week.||Write a story that ends with: "... We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways."||Beauty|
|2008||Write about a person who has succeeded in life.||Examinations - good or bad? (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)
||Write a story ending with: "... Now I realise the value of a true friend."
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|Stars||My perfect future husband or wife|
|2007||Describe an embarrassing experience in your life.||'Teenagers today are only interested in entertainment.' Do you agree? Support your opinion.||My early years.||Write a story beginning with: "Kim was nervous when the door opened...". (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)||Tomorrow|
|2006||Describe an enjoyable weekend you have experienced. (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)||How can television help students in their studies?||Write a story ending with: "If only I had been more careful, that wouldn't have happened." (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)
||Food||What changes would you like to see in your life in the next ten years?|
|2005||Describe the biggest challenge in your life.||How to keep oneself healthy.||Write a story with the title: "An Unexpected Visitor".||Music||If you were given a chance to be anybody, who would you want to be and why?|
|2004||Describe a festival celebrated in your area.||How can we help promote tourism in Malaysia?||Write a story ending with: '...We had never laughed so much in our lives.'||Clothes||My ideal school|
|2003||Data 3||An invention you cannot live without.||(1) Write a story that ends with: "... If only I had listened to his/her advice." (2) A day I wished had never happened. (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)
||Friends (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)
||You have been given a chance to visit a country of your choice. Which country would you choose and why?|
|2002||Describe a favourite teacher who had a great influence on you.||Good results in school do not guarantee success in the future. What is your opinion?||How I can help to make the world a better place to live in.||Write a story beginning with: "Is it really you? Where have you been all these years?"||Colours|
|2001||Describe how you spent a free day when the weather was very bad.||Good results in school do not guarantee success in the future. What is your opinion?||(1) How do you think the media has influenced you and your family? (2) Large families make happy families.||Write a story of an old man returning to his home he left many years ago.|
|2000||My Hero||"More land should be used for agriculture than for industry." Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons to support your opinion.||(1) Life in Malaysia in the new millennium. (2) Things that I like about my life.||If you were able to choose a time in history that you could visit, which time would it be and why?|
|1999||The computer - is it really an advantage?||Education - what it means to me.||The day I lost my temper||Memories (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)
(Although this essay is a bit long, you can get some ideas too.)
|My Dream Car|
|1998||Describe a day at school when you were very unhappy.||Parents do not spend enough time with children nowadays. What is your opinion?||Write a story beginning with: "I could tell by his face that he was angry...||Write a letter to a penfriend describing some interesting places in your village, town or home state.|
|1997||(1) Imagine you were moving to a new house. Describe the last day in your old house. (2) Describe the scene at a crowded bus or railway station.||Do you think games are an important part of school life?||Being young.||Write a story with the following title: A Narrow Escape. (For another model answer, click here: Model Answer 2)||Water|