SSC Question Papers (English 1st Paper & English 2nd Paper) are always designed based on the objectives of the national curriculum. The following question papers are represented to analyse different parts comparing with the National Curriculum 2012.

**SSC Question Paper 2018 ****First
Paper (**Dhaka Board)

**Objectives:**

The question paper is designed based on the objectives of the curriculum. Part A of the question paper deals with reading, but it also takes the test of writing skill of a learner. For example, questions number 2 and 3 not only test the comprehension skill of a learner but also the writing test.

Questions number 4, 5 and 6 are created to test reading, grammatical competence. On the other hand, in part B, the questions are designed to take writing test where learners have to think critically to give answer. In question number 10, learners have to describe a graph which also takes the test of speaking and question number 12 demands speaking skill to write the answer which also reflects the objective number 2.

However, all the items of the question paper almost fulfill the criteria of the objectives of the curriculum. Only listening items are not exist in the question paper, but it seems that if learners able to answer reading and writing items, they have listening skill.

**Learning outcomes:**

Almost all the learning outcomes of the curriculum reflect on the question paper. Question number 9, 10, 11 and 12 directly follow the learning outcomes number 7, 15, 13 and 6 respectively. And other question demands other learning outcomes, such as question number 7 goes with learning outcomes number 3. However, the question paper is the representation of learning outcomes of the curriculum without some specific criteria, such as, listens for specific information.

**Functions:**

All question items are the reflection of the functions of the curriculum. Question number 2 and 8 are designed based on functions number 1, 2, 3 4 & 5. Though these functions are not directly related, learners will be able to fulfill the function s after completing the task. Some question items are directly reflected the functions, such as question number 9, 10, 11 and 12 are the representation of the functions number 11, 15, 8 and 12 respectively. Question number 3 partially goes with function number 11, whereas questions number 6 and 7 follow the function number 6. But there are no questions in the question paper for the number 9 and 10.

**Language points:**

The language points of the curriculum are not directly represented on the question paper, but learners have to have sufficient knowledge about grammar to complete the tasks. And in some questions, some specific language points are required to give the answer. For example, questions number 4, 5 and 6 are required tense, auxiliary verbs, conditionals, passive, punctuations and much more knowledge about grammar, and to give answer the question number 10, learners need to know about cohesive devices, imperatives, statements, sentence connectors which are given in language points number 6 and 15. However, learners have to know the language points to complete the tasks of the question paper.

**SSC Question Paper 2018**

**Second Paper**(Dhaka Board)

**Objectives:**

The question paper is designed based on the objectives of the curriculum. Though some objectives are not reflected on the question paper, most of the question items are maintained the objectives. Part A is illustrated depending on the grammar competence, real life situations etc. On the other hand, party B is designed based on creative writings, real life situations etc. But there is no item for listening skill in the question paper. However, the items of the question paper are the representation of objectives.

**Learning outcomes:**

The learning out comes reflect on the items of the question paper. Part A of the question paper is basically designed for testing grammar competence but it also follow some learning outcomes, such as , question number 3 fulfills the criteria of learning outcomes number 2 and 3. On the other hand, part B is designed based on learning outcomes number 7, 13, and 14. But for some learning outcomes, there are no items in the question paper, such as learning outcomes number 8, 9, 10, 12 and 15.

**Functions:**

In the question paper, the functions of the curriculum are also reflected. For example, in part A, question number 3 is the reflection of function number 6 of the curriculum. In part B, the function number 13. But some of the functions are not present in question items, such as ‘recognizing and using sounds, stress, and intonation’, ‘identifying locations’ etc.

**Language points:**

Almost all the language points are represented in the question paper. In part A of the question paper, there are eleven items which are designed based on language points of the curriculum. For example, questions number 1 and 2 are illustrated depending on language points number 1, 2, 3 and question number 10 is based on language point number 15 of the curriculum. In part B, there need many language points to complete the task, such as tense, auxiliary verbs, passives, imperatives, statements, cohesive devices and other language points. However, the learners have to need enough competence in grammar to complete the tasks of the question paper.

**Conclusion**

After analyzing the findings, it can be claimed that, at least according to the Learning Outcomes of the textbook, the book covers all the Curriculum Objectives and the Learning Outcomes of the curriculum mentioned in the

*National Curriculum 2012*. Some Learning Outcomes of the textbook may not reflect any Learning Outcomes of the curriculum directly but they serve to focus on the Curriculum Objectives. According to my understanding, the book most likely covers most of the functions and language points mentioned in the Curriculum Matrix. All the elements are covered throughout the 14 units in the textbook. Therefore, this textbook is ideal according to the

*National Curriculum 2012*.

On the other hand, the question paper for English 1

^{st}paper is a proper representation of the Curriculum Objectives and Curriculum Matrix provided in the

*National Curriculum 2012*. As a test can only use a few representational items to test the expected Learning Outcomes of the curriculum, this question attempts to test as many Curriculum Objectives and Learning Outcomes of the curriculum as possible. The question paper for English 2

^{nd}paper reflects the Curriculum Objective and provided Language Outcomes as well. According to my observations, the question paper tries to accumulate as much items as possible to reflect the Curriculum Objectives and the Learning Outcomes of the curriculum on a representational level. However, the Learning Outcomes of the curriculum provided in the

*National Curriculum 2012*for English 2

^{nd}paper should be more detailed like those of the English 1

^{st}paper that will help analyzing the validity and reliability of the question paper be more accurate.

**References**

National

*Curriculum*

*and Textbook Board. (2012).*

*National Curriculum (Classes VI-X)*. Retrieved 21 July 2018, from http://www.portalnctb.gov.bd/cmp/curriculum/ English1440352774.pdf

NCTB. (2014).

*English For Today*

*(Classes 9-10)*. Dhaka: National Curriculum and Textbook Board.

Excellent analysis for questions paper and thanks author.

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