Improve your grades for PT3

Greetings everyone! Stumbling upon this article simple projects that you might either be a Pt3 candidate for 2019 or maybe the future candidates of this much highlighted public examination. Likewise, all of us are aware that Pt3 is a standardized exam for all form 3 students be it in government or private schools. This exam (or assessment, they claimed) has replaced the old-fashioned PMR (which was abolished at the year 2014!). There were many debates taken place on the effectiveness of Pt3 over PMR. Henceforth, let’s first understand the core principles that Pt3 incorporate in comparison to PMR. Pt3 is a central assessment approach which are implemented in schools with the rule of assessment, assessment’s instruments, assignments,guidelines and scoring regulations are issued by Malaysian Examination Board. The instruments used for determining students’ comprehensive abilities in solving problems based on all the concepts they learned in the particular subjects will be through multiple worksheets, observations, quizzes, checklists, written assignments, presentations, etc.

Our main focus today will be on the written exam. The written exam is divided into 2 sections; objective and subjective. The objective papers as a whole comprises of MCQ, fill in the blanks, matching and true or false statements. Basically, this section test their knowledge and understanding of the concepts they have learned earlier. On the other hand, the subjective section encompass of open response and limited response (depends on the subjects). Subjective sections primarily focuses on students’ critical and creative thinking skills (for language-based subjects), problem solving skills, how well they are applying the knowledge into answering the question (application-based). I would admit that whilst the exam structure and question patterns may vary and is still a subjective matter, the most dominant aspect of this exam is the implementations of HOTs questions. Many are still confused with HOTs. In simple words, its like a type of question that is obviously not direct but have many literal in-depth analysis.

Is it easy to score in Pt3? Well, with a simple,noteworthy and accomplished methods I’m about to show, there are chances for an improvement in your grades!


Most of will find Bahasa Melayu exam to be one of the toughest. Yet, as long as you are consistently practicing the technical part of this unique language (like peribahasa, tatabahasa, simpulan bahasa and kosa kata), there would not be a problem in acing this subject. Have more focus on the komsas part (poem, novel, puisi, etc). Chances are, they might ask you with difficult questions from these elements. Based on previous Pt3 exams, the implementation of HOTs can be seen through novel section. Also, do more and more exam sets (at least 2 per day). Make sure you have completed all trial exam question papers (especially Kelantan, Terengganu, SBP and MRSM). By doing so, it may help you in answering questions with various difficulties.


This subject aren’t as difficult as the other hardcore subjects (like Science and Mathematics). You need to get used to the basic functionality of grammar ground rules. Do not get confused with simple grammars like the usage of “has and have”, the addition of suffix “s” with plural nouns. Having strong vocabulary will be an added advantage as it can heighten your scoring scheme. Many students tend to commit to the same mistakes when it comes to English; they tend to memorize all bombastic words without actually knowing its actual usage and meaning. Avoid committing to such mistake as it may confuse your examiner with the desired meaning to be delivered. Its okay to use simple,straight-forward and precise language rather than too flowery,complicated which in the end will negate the content that you are about to narrate/express. Also, focus in novel (plot, theme, settings). First of all, understand the plot of your novel, then move on with memorizing important themes and setting of the novel.


Being one of the most difficult subjects (after Maths) in Pt3, there are a few key concepts I would love to mainstream here. Firstly, you have to understand each and every chapters you learned from form 1 till form 3. Instead of having textbooks as your main reference, navigate into having revision books. This is because with the current question patterns, textbooks can only be used into your initiation part of understanding the basic concepts of the topic. Then, proceed with more and more practice. You have to invest into many exercise books, past years’ questions, trial exams (especially Kelantan and Terengganu, SBP and MRSM). Also, use the answer schemes and compare them with yours. This helps in enabling you answering what’s supposed to be answered rather than what’s the questions being asked. Indulge yourself with a many difficult questions. This can prevent you from being panic on the day of exam whenever you encounter an unanswerable question (things may happen! Just be prepared).


When anything involves calculations, equations and algebra, probability of encountering HOTs questions are in aligned! Formulas are provided and the usage of non-programmable calculator is allowed. As usual, get a good grasp of every chapters you learned from form 1 till form 3. You have to realize that every chapters are interconnected and leaving a chapter away may create problems into understanding more difficult topics. The basis of HOTs questions in Mathematics are a combination of indirect concepts and mathematical functions. Practice, practice and always practice (I’ll recommend to at least do 3 exam sets per day). Do not give up when facing really complex questions. Remember the basics and concept and off you go into answering them. Remind yourself to manage time for every questions (this will be in handy when sitting for the actual exam).

Here is another extra tips into scoring Pt3!

  1. Study regularly. Having a definite study patterns are important in managing your daily routines (not to have clashes with other stuffs like sports, tuition classes, etc). Do not have a “last-minute” studying policy. This can cause your to have panic attacks on the actual exam day and increases your stress level. Also, avoid quenching all notes a day before exam into your memory. This may only result in being blank on the exam day! If you are comfortable with your current study pattern/routine, just stick with it! Make this as a practice to study everyday as you would not be that nervous in comparison to those burning the midnight oil.
  2. Get all doubts cleared. Have a good communication algorithm with your teachers and tutors. Set a time to meet and ask them all the things/concept that make you confused and is hindering you from having an in-depth understanding. You can also goggle things up! Hence, there is no more room of giving excuse that you can’t understand this and that at the eleventh hour.
  3. Know about the exam. Many of us tend to ignore this part, we don’t usually know the basis of the exam, its scoring policies and marking allocations. What we always focus to make sure we get the correct answers and just score the best of the best. Just ask yourself, “how well you know about the necessary details about the exam you going to sit for?”
  4. Drink more water. Drinking water should be a part and parcel of our daily lives. Water improves our memory, keeps us awake and fresh. Having this good practice will eventually lead you to a better health. Who wants to get sick on the day of exam after all?