Standard Chinese versus Higher Chinese

PSLE Higher Chinese Tuition is increasingly in demand. Many parents know that some schools provide Higher Chinese to Upper Primary pupils who succeed academically and in Chinese. However, higher Chinese is a more advanced form of the language with 20–30% more vocabulary than standard Chinese, and the exam paper demands a higher degree of comprehension and composition proficiency.

The Need For More Advanced Chinese

Most schools offer Higher Chinese to students who scored 70 or higher on their P4 or P5 Chinese exams. Higher Chinese is available in Primary for SAP schools right now. However, if a student does not satisfy the requirements for either an A* in Chinese or a Merit in Higher Chinese, the schools are free to withdraw them from the course. Even after learning more about Higher Chinese and its requirements, deciding whether to enrol in the subject is still challenging. As a parent, you might be concerned about how well your child will adapt to a new topic; as a student, you might want to be aware of the challenges you might encounter if you enrol in Higher Chinese. As a well-known provider of Chinese tutoring in Singapore, MindFlex Home Tuition is here to give some guidance from our PSLE Higher Chinese tutors on the differences between Higher Chinese and Standard Chinese, as well as the benefits it can offer, in this post.

What Will It Cost Me to Learn Higher Chinese?

Higher Chinese students are separated to attend their own distinct Higher Chinese lessons while Standard Chinese students complete their sessions. Higher Chinese students are encouraged to read more and practise more at home even though there are theoretically the same amount of instructional hours at school. According to PSLE Higher Chinese Tutors, students will need to learn more sophisticated terminology and idioms to employ in their essays to not only demonstrate a more excellent command of the language but also to be able to comprehend the paper’s topic (which would include stricter vocabulary compared to the Standard Chinese paper). Higher Chinese students will need time and effort to prepare themselves to write more quickly so they can complete their composition during any examination, whose requirements are more demanding than those of the Standard Chinese paper. On top of doing the ten-year series for the Higher Chinese paper, students also have to practise on the Standard Chinese ten-year series. This is to ensure that they are prepared for the Oral test and are aware of the requirements and distinctions between the two examinations. Higher Chinese students will take five subjects overall, with Higher Chinese being treated as a separate topic from the normal four subjects students typically take for the PSLE. As a result, you will need to add another exam date to your calendar. Therefore, enrolling in Higher Chinese is equivalent to enrolling in a separate, more difficult topic. If you are concerned with the outcome, you must put in time and effort. If you have trouble managing, you might consider hiring a Higher Chinese tutor from us to help you with your Higher Chinese course. Our tutor will help you with strategies for responding to queries requiring higher-order thinking in your comprehension paper and will also be able to give their students a longer list of appropriate phrases for composition, including cheng yu and Chinese idioms.

If one chooses to pursue Higher Chinese, it will demand more time, work, and discipline.

Higher Chinese scores result in more bonus points.

Higher Chinese on the PSLE grants a student up to 3 points if they attempt to get into SAP Secondary School. Catholic High School, Chung Cheng High School, River Valley High School, and Nan Hua High School are a few SAP Secondary Schools. According to this MOE article, pupils with a PSLE score of 14 or lower with a Distinction, Merit, or Pass in Higher Chinese would have the advantage of being posted to SAP Secondary schools. Furthermore, between two applicants for the same SAP school with the same PSLE score, one’s Higher Chinese grades would be the deciding factor. Thus, it is clear how important the bonus points associated with Higher Chinese might be.