AQ: Sometimes, we do want to see “I agree”

8 10 2011

When the question asks, “How relevant are the author’s views to your society?”, I kept stressing that you shouldn’t say “I agree”.

But if the question asks “How far do you agree?”, please DO say “I agree”, and DON’T say, “This is relevant to Singapore.”


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30 10 2011
Zhong Yang

Just to clarify.
What about ‘I agree with the author’s views because they are (mostly) relevant to Singapore’s society’?

31 10 2011
Adrienne de Souza

That’s ok.

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3 02 2012
Apple

I was given a sample AQ conclusion by my tutor.

“The author points out several factors that account for the decline in manners today. To what extent have these factors contributed to the state of manners in your society?” ( TJC 2010)

Sample conclusion — As our society continues to depend on foreigners and as our population is expected to increase to the supposed ‘ sustainable population size’ which is required to ‘grow’ the economy and develop a more ‘vibrant’ society, our social and physical limits force us to interact with one another whether we like it or not. While it may be impossible for us to achieve the perfect equilibrium, it is still viable for each of us to try to make the best of our circumstances. Or we can prefer to make more babies.

I was told to that this is a good conclusion but i find it to be risky instead for the following reasons:

1. The first line is too long and hard to follow
2. There is too much use of astrophe that it is becoming irritating
3. The tone is too sarcastic
4. It is too conversational (Last sentence starts with an ‘Or’)

Am i wrong? Are my reasons unfounded?

3 02 2012
Adrienne de Souza

What were the reasons given by your tutor?

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4 02 2012
Apple

She did not say much, only that it was good at ‘balancing the argument’. She also seems to be quite fond of the sarcastic tone.

4 02 2012
Apple

Shouldn’t the conclusion include restating my stand for the AQ?

4 02 2012
Adrienne de Souza

To be honest, the conclusion doesn’t make much sense to me, and I believe it’s because I don’t know what was in the rest of the AQ – so I’m having trouble commenting on it.

As for your views, it sounds like it’s really more of your personal preference for a certain style. To me, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the points you raised make it any worse a conclusion. Some might even say you’re nitpicking a little!😉

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5 02 2012
Apple

Thank you very much! I would also like to ask — do i have to paraphrase the thesis of the passage(s) at the introductory paragraph of my AQ answer?

I am also very confused about how many points (arguments from the passage) i should choose to have an answer that can score.

5 02 2012
Adrienne de Souza

No, you don’t have to, although I know people who find it easier to begin that way.

Unfortunately, I have no answer – it’s really a judgement call on your part. Over the years, the UCLES examiner’s report has differed in their requirements. But for most of the past papers, around three to four arguments would have been good. If it’s a double passage, be sure to pick arguments from both passages.

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5 02 2012
Adrienne de Souza

The real difficulty is that you’re always looking at a depth/breath trade-off, and the idea is to balance the two.

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