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2023 PSLE Prelim Oral Topics - what are they?

Updated: Apr 23

We have put together a range of oral topics that were used for the Stimulus Based Conversation (SBC) in different primary schools for their recent preliminary PSLE Oral exams.

1. Road safety

Stimulus: Picture on road safety tips such as raising your hand as you cross the road

2. Positive values in school

Stimulus: Posters encouraging kindness, and other values such as honesty

Stimulus: Poster asking for nominations for a student leader award

3. Mental health/stress

Stimulus: Poster showing different ways that you can relieve stress such as reading, taking deep breaths

4. Activity/hobbies/excursions

Stimulus: Poster showing a baking class

Stimulus: Poster showing an art exhibition / visit to the science centre

Stimulus: Poster showing a cooking competition

5. Time management

Stimulus: Picture showing a boy with a basketball, a timetable on his wall and motivational posters around him

6. Healthy living

Stimulus: Poster showing choice of 4 post-PSLE sports activities

Stimulus: Poster with details on a basketball tournament

Stimulus: Poster with details on weekly activities at a community centre

7. Buying groceries

Stimulus: An advertisement with discounts on groceries at a supermarket

8. Helping others

Stimulus: Poster with details of a donation drive at a community center

9. Community events

Stimulus: National Day event at the void deck

Stimulus: Carnival Day event for residents

10. Punctuality

Stimulus: Poster with details of a musical including start time and time of intermission when latecomers can enter

Preparation tips for the PSLE Oral

In order to build flexibility and adaptability of communication skills, try to brainstorm different events and experiences so that you have a vivid picture in the mind. For example, when brainstorming the topic of buying groceries, try and picture the supermarket and/or the wet market you and your family visit frequently. Visualise using all your senses - what can you see, smell, hear, touch and feel. By visualising it this way, you are prepping your mind to answer any questions regarding the topic. Take for example the question below:

  • Would you and your family like to go to this supermarket? (poster shows that the supermarket has a discount on rice)

Using your visualisation technique, you can picture what you usually buy from the supermarket. Perhaps your family goes to NTUC frequently to purchase meat, vegetables, milk, bread and rice. In that case, you can leverage on your experience and talk about how you would like to go to this supermarket as you frequently purchase rice. Since rice is a staple food item in your family, purchasing it at a discount would be very advantageous.

You can then discuss personal experiences - this can be done using many different aspects. Choose the ones that are most comfortable for yourself. Perhaps you have seen similar discounts before and how it attracts people to buy more of that item (see) or you have gone to different supermarkets before and you remember a time when one supermarket was doing a promotion on sausages, and the aroma wafted through the air (smell). You can also talk about how supermarkets can get crowded, particularly on weekends, with many families there to purchase their weekly grocery requirements and how it can be as noisy as a wet market (hear). Or how you get to learn about so many different varieties of fruits and how you touched a rambutan for the first time (touch). You may also leverage on how you felt, for example "I love the hustle and bustle of the supermarket (feel).

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