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Ace O Level English Exam: Improve Your Child’s Editing Skills and Boost Their Score!

Updated: Apr 12, 2023

O Level English Exam

The O Level English exam can be a challenging test for many students, especially when it comes to the editing section. O Level English Paper 1 aims to assess a student's ability to comprehend, analyse and respond to different forms of written communication, as well as their writing skills in producing well-structured, coherent, and grammatically correct essays.

However, with the right strategies and techniques, students can significantly enhance their editing skills and achieve a higher score on the exam. This article aims to provide students with valuable insights and tips on how to ace the O Level English exam through effective editing techniques.

This article will offer practical advice to secondary students on how to identify and correct errors in grammar. By following the guidelines discussed in this article, students can improve their editing skills, boost their exam scores, and achieve academic success.

1. Read with understanding

Read with understanding

One of the skills that O Level English Syllabus aims to develop in students in Secondary 4 or 5 is reading for comprehension. Students who read with comprehension can obtain a greater understanding of the text's relevance, determine the intended sentence structure, and detect common grammatical errors. This allows them to modify and amend the content with more precision and efficiency.

For example:

sample exam questions for reading with comprehension


  • Check the first line (which does not have any errors) to see what tense the passage is in

  • However, the rest of the passage can talk about events that are happening at different points of time - hence, it is important to comprehend the passage well in order to figure out what tense to use.

2. Be familiar with the types of errors in editing passages

Being familiar with the types of errors in editing passages can be very helpful for students to pass the editing section of the Secondary English Exam. These include:

  • Verbs (tenses & subject-verb agreement), part of speech.

  • Improper use of pronouns, connectors, articles, prepositions, quantifiers.

types of errors in editing passages

3. When identifying errors, make sure to read the whole sentence

One of the key strategies that students can use to improve their editing skills is to read the whole sentence when identifying errors. This method can be especially helpful for finding mistakes that might not be obvious when they look at each word or phrase on its own.


  • While students are identifying errors within lines, it is important for them to understand the context of the whole sentence.

  • One sentence may stretch across multiple lines, so they have to be careful.

The girl use a pencil to circle errors

4. Students may use a pencil to circle errors before confirming their answers (erase and write in pen)

Students may use a pencil to circle mistakes before they check their answers. This approach encourages students to approach the editing process in a structured and systematic manner, which can help improve their accuracy and efficiency.

By circling errors in pencil, students can easily identify areas where corrections are needed without the risk of making permanent changes that may need to be undone later.

  • 8 lines have errors, 2 do not

  • Easier to make sure that you have spotted the right number of mistakes

5. Keep practising and building your child’s grammar foundation

A solid grammar foundation is vital for attaining a good score in secondary English examinations. It allows students to recognise and correct errors, communicate their thoughts more clearly, and think critically about language.

Consistent practice and improving their grammatical foundation will help students become better writers and communicators, resulting in a higher score on the secondary English exam's editing area.


  • As students gain exposure to different practices, it gets easier to spot those grammatical mistakes.

  • Make sure students revisit the questions they got wrong so that you do not make the same mistakes again!

The girl is reading the whole sentence to spot those grammatical mistakes.

In conclusion, effective editing abilities are required to improve any written work. We hoped that this article would teach students how to edit like a pro, from reading with comprehension to recognising frequent errors to approaching the editing process systematically. Moreover, practising and strengthening the grammatical foundation are also essential for enhancing editing abilities.

Following these suggestions will teach students how to enhance their editing and proofreading abilities, allowing them to take their writing to the next level and pass the O-Level English Exam.

AGrader Learning Centre's Secondary English Tuition Programme is well-known for improving students' grammar and understanding. Students can learn to edit and proofread like a pro in O Levels English Paper 1 with our engaging lessons, helpful resources, and focused practise activities.

Enrol your child in our English Tuition programme to help them become more skilled and confident editors and pass their Secondary English Exam with flying colours.



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