English proves a breeze for matrics

2009-11-03 00:00

ENGLISH appeared to be a breeze for many local matriculants who were confident that they “aced” what was for many the first real big paper since the exams began a week ago.

However, among upcoming papers, maths and physics came up as the biggest concern for most.

Wendy Mncwabe (18) of Northdale, a pupil at Copesville Secondary School, found the exam like any other paper in that it had easy and difficult sections.

“For me, visual literature, where we had to look at the picture and give an explanation, was the hardest in this paper. But I was well prepared and had done most of the work,” said a confident Mncwabe, though she did admit that she had no real study techniques — she just studies “whenever she has time”.

Carter High School prefect Nomathemba Mdladla (18) of Hayfields was on her way home after a quick trip to Waltons to buy a calculator for her maths paper on Friday.

“I have to bang my calculator right now to get it to work and I don’t trust other people’s calculators. They might start acting up while I’m in my exam,” said Mdladla.

She said English and maths are her problem subjects.

“People can really stress you out. But once maths and English are behind me, the real fun of the exams begins. Time was an issue though. Even though it was 2½ hours long, I was worried about not finishing because, for me, checking over my work is vital.”

Dominic Myende (18) of Alexandra High found his exam “nice and intriguing”.

“Just the way it was put together. I found it very normal. You would be asked to summarise something you can relate to like chocolate or the 2010 Soccer World cup.”

A group of Girls’ High matriculants said the high standards at their school made sure they were well prepared for this day.

But this didn’t stop Nellie Nxele (18) from nursing jitters the night before.

“It was hard to sleep because of the anxiety. It was my first paper and I suppose it was to be expected. But once I got in there, I went for it. I’m expecting good results,” said Nxele.

Amy Johnson (18) found it a decent paper, while Robin Nxele (no relation to Nellie) found it bearable.

For Robin, waiting for her results on January 7 will be the most stressful for her.

Danica Anderson (17), who said English was her second paper, went into the exam wanting to give it her all.

“I thought, ‘This is my last chance. I don’t want any regrets. This is it’.” Danica found the exam setters to be very generous with the marks.

An area of concern for the girls was the fact that there were errors in the memorandum and exemplar papers. They also found the paper to be general, ambiguous and very open. Hence, they found that they were repeating themselves for the 2010-related ana­lysis of the examination.

“I’m worried that, since the paper was so general, when you do elaborate and go into detail it might not be understood as the answer by the markers,” said Papi Lusu.

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