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General Paper

General Paper encourages students to explore a range of key issues of global and local significance and provides students with a good foundation to thrive in a fast-changing world. The syllabus and examination are intended to underscore maturity of thought, independent thinking and the proficient use of language. Students will have a broader understanding of the world, and be ready to meet the challenges of higher education and the workplace of the future.


The CJC English Department aims to develop: 

  • The ability to analyse and evaluate issues across disciplines, showing awareness of their significance and implications for the individual and society 
  • Maturity of thought and the ability to apply critical reading and critical thinking skills 
  • The ability to express understanding as well as critical and creative thinking through informed personal responses 
  • The ability to construct cogent arguments and to communicate their ideas using clear, accurate and effective language


The suggested topic areas for H1 General Paper (8807) are:

  • Historical, social, cultural, economic, political and philosophical topics
  • Science including its history, philosophy, general principles, current developments and applications
  • Mathematical and geographical topics
  • Literature and Language
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Media and Education
  • Youth and Family
  • Topics of local interest and global concern


Paper 1: Essay 
  • Select 1 out of 12 essay questions
  • Candidates are expected to write a 500-800 word response to any one of the 12 questions
  • Marks: Content (30 marks) and Use of English (20 marks)
  • Duration: 1 hr 30 min

Paper 2: Comprehension
  • Candidates are presented a text comprising one or two passages
  • Questions cover understanding (17 marks), summary (8 marks) and application (10 marks) questions
  • Questions will be set on one or two different passages that allow for comparative analysis
  • Marks: Content (35 marks) and Use of English (15 marks)
  • Duration: 1 hr 30 min