ACJC General Paper Tuition

GP Tuition: Sample GP Examination Paper – ACJC


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Here’s a sample of GP Essay Paper (Paper 1) shared by our ex-student from Anglo Chinese Junior College who attended our GP lessons:

1. Technology is the great leveller of the 21″ century. How far do you agree?

2. We can alleviate the symptoms of prejudice, but the disease itself is incurable.’ Do you agree?

3. ‘The youth of today have no high ideals or great dreams; just selfish desires and vain ambitions.’ How far is this true of young people in your country?

4. Examine the claim that politicians should not interfere with scientific research.

5. The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance.’ (Aristotle) Illustrate the truth of this observation with specific reference to three different works of art.

6. Should people gamble?

7. Science is no longer a good servant, but a cruel master.’ How far do you agree?

8. Is vegetarianism nothing more than a foolish fad?

9. Should diversity always be encouraged?

10. To ensure Singapore does not fail, we must think of how it might fail.’ (Kishore Mahbubani) Explore the wisdom of this advice.

11. Do you agree that the world would be a better place if people were ruled more logic and less by emotion?

12. Is the rapid rise in international air travel a cause for great celebration or-grave concern?




ACJC General Paper Tuition – Sample Model GP Essay Answer


Here is a full length sample answer to the following GP essay question: #6. Should people gamble?
(This GP essay question is one that can be categorised under the common topic of “Social Issues“.)


Gambling be defined as either risks taken in business, sports and games, as well as a risky matter or act.


We all have come across people who have gambled, and there is even a song called “The Gambler”. Also, we have all, at one time or another, in one way or another, made attempts to gamble for various reasons, either becoming very successful or failing sometimes spectacularly. Be that as it may be. I believe people should gamble.


The first main reason is that the taking of risks will eventually lead to material gains, with the provision that the gamble is taken with serious and calculated consideration. This can be seen in the stock markets of the world where shareholders regularly gamble their money on the relative values of stocks, on whether they will increase over time or decrease. One example is that of the Singapore Airlines stocks, which are popular with shareholder as it seems to have rosy long-term prospects, which translate to a rise in value, hence leading to many wishing to possess these shares. In addition to this, the possession of a good sense of entrepreneurship, which is the sense of mind to carefully gamble in business, will lead lo gains in personal wealth. Many have become successful in life because of this, and one prominent example is that of Bill Gates, who dropped out of college and with little resources, gambled on the fact that the computer market would be booming during the late 21st century. and he created Microsoft. Today he is the richest man in America, and is living testimony to the power of calculated gambling.


However, gambling is addictive if done too many times. Sometimes, one derives a sense of thrill in gambling, especially in the stock market, where shareholders take risks with their own or other people’s even when one loses in the beginning, the expectation of gaining back your losses might lead to over gambling, and many have become totally bankrupt overnight because of this. The most notorious example is that of the Barings trader Nick Leeson, whose addiction in trying to win back his enormous losses led to the shutting down of the well-known Barings Bank. This phenomenon is not restricted to the stock market, as even casinos have their fair share of bankrupts. However, this can be restricted if one realises that one should not gamble with money that one does not have and that one learns to wisely gamble, such as to hedge bets, which follow the adage “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Obviously Nick Leeson did not learn this.


Next, people should gamble as you might not only get material gains from gambling, but also a personal gain from gambling. As mentioned above, there is a sense of thrill” of one was to gamble and win, and of getting blessed by fortune. This sort of thrill may occur in every day life – for instance, a student gambles that only specific topics will appear on the question paper of exam nations, and if he or she does spot correctly, he or she has a great chance of doing well, and vice versa. This sort of gambling is not only found on a personal level but also on a national level. Nations may also “gamble in various ways, such as starting wars, which gamble away lives to get peace or victory, in diplomatic policies, like Western countries taking a risk that economic sanctions on Iraq may stop the building of nuclear weapons, or even in agriculture, like nations who depend on one specific crop for their livelihood, which might mean that if there is failure, there might be disastrous consequences.


Lastly, this personal gain may occur in sports, as when athletes gamble on drugs to boost their performances and hope that they are not detected, or in the case of Sir Alf Ramsey, who managed the victorious World Cup winning English football team thirty years ago, risking a different strategy to win, which he did. (The famous Wingless Wonders”)


However there are some who question whether it is ethical to gamble in such a manner, to cheat or to get “lucky” gains from other peoples’ unfortunate” losses Many have wasted their lives on just one big gamble For example, the English explorer Robert Scott, who gambled that ponies would work better in the harsh cold of the Antarctic than sledge dogs. He was wrong, and paid for it with his life.


If it is acceptable to gamble, how should people gamble? One way is that the government of various nations should legalize gambling, which would serve a practical purpose as well, as it will rid all forms of illegal betting.


One case is that of the local government legalizing football pools, when the new S-League starts. This will lead to a serious dampening of the so-called “kelong” effect, when punters try to bribe players to influence results, so that enormous winnings in illegal betting on matches can be obtained. In addition to this, casinos might also serve the same purpose in lowering the crime rate in illegal gambling.


Another method the government might use once it legalizes gambling to make enormous revenues is to put into practice a national lottery scheme with extremely large winnings. The money earned would be enormous and it could be spent wisely, like in helping out national charities, cultural activities such as the Arts, health services and other beneficial services. The major example of this can be seen in England, where the company running the biggest lottery in the World, Camelot, is using a proportion of its profit to aid the underprivileged and the less fortunate. (If one is lucky, one may win in excess of forty million pounds).


However, this would lead to many putting the lottery as the central priority in life. (This is true for other forms of gambling; Toto, Four-D and so on). In England, even the unemployed spend their money from the dole or by begging on playing the lottery, and even the employee may do the same thing, with the result that the families of such “gamblers” suffer hardships due to this phenomenon. Also, public donations to charities have dropped, as many think that the profits earned are enough for the charity which may not be so.


Lastly, the winners of the lottery are pushed forward into the spotlight, and they are intense media scrutiny as well as public pressure just for being “lucky” in winning. One example is the first winner of the lottery, who won about fifteen million pounds. He went into recluse as many friends and relatives went on to put enormous pressure on him to share his winnings, Fortunately, Camelot has learnt its lesson and has warned the media not to name the winner and not to put too much spotlight on him or her.


In conclusion, the main fact that many have benefited from taking a calculated gamble, and the benefits that can be obtained if gambling is legalized, makes me state that people should gamble.




How to get to ACJC?

Anglo Chinese Junior College (ACJC) is situated at 25 Dover Close East, Singapore 139745.

It is just walk to and from One-North MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) Station (CC23) under the yellow line called Circle Line and a short bus ride from the nearby Buona Vista Bus Interchange.

Under the arm of the Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) family school, Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) is affiliated to ACJC where the student can continue to further their studies after their O-Levels.

For their academic curriculum under Humanities and Arts, the JC General Paper subject is classified under the H1 Syllabus (Syllabus Code: 8807)


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