Here are Paper 1 Prelim questions from Junior Colleges across Singapore. We will continue to update this page as we obtain the papers from our students.

And the Date Inches Even Closer

Here are Paper 1 Prelim questions from Junior Colleges across Singapore. We will continue to update this page as we obtain the papers from our students.


The Media

We believe that there will be a question this year on the relevance and importance of media in the world. Our analysis indicates that the question will revolve around censorship.

2017 Prelim Questions
TPJC: A free and unrestricted media is essential for society to progress. How far do you agree?
ACJC: ‘The media creates more problems than benefits for politicians.’ Discuss.
CJC: To what extent is the media responsible for the perception of truth in the world today?
DHS: Consider the claim that the purpose of the media is not simply to convey the truth, but to make it interesting.
IJC: Can restrictions on the mass media be justified when they are so difficult to enforce?
JJC: ‘We can no longer trust the media.’ Is this a fair comment?
PJC: To what extent can we believe what is in the news when information today can be easily made up?
PJC: ‘Freedom of speech must include the freedom to offend.’ Do you agree?
SRJC: Consider the effectiveness of advertisements today.


Science and Technology

Our analysis indicates that there will be at least one S&T question. Study hard for this topic!

2017 Prelim Questions
AJC: ‘People in the workplace should embrace, rather than fear, technological advancements.’ Discuss.
AJC: Evaluate the claim that a more connected world has resulted in greater divisions.
TJC: How far do you agree that technology gives us greater control in life?
TPJC: Discuss the view that smart devices have not made us smarter.
RJC: ‘Scientific knowledge cannot be trusted because it is unreliable.’ Is this a fair statement?
RJC: Are machines making humans obsolete?
RJC: How effective is technology in making us healthier?
CJC: ‘Technological advancements to the body have threatened our sense of self.’ Comment.
CJC: ‘Modern technology has removed the need for reading skills.’ Do you agree?
DHS: ‘Interesting and current developments in science and technology are only enjoyed by the few who can afford them.’ Discuss.
HCI: How worried should we be that recent advances in science and technology are creating new challenges and worsening old problems?
HCI: ‘Smart cities: innovative, but not necessarily better.’ What do you think?
IJC: ‘Increased digital connectivity has improved lives.’ Comment.
IJC: ‘It is important for people today to be aware of scientific developments.’ How far do you agree?
JJC: Assess the view that scientific research should not be constrained by ethical concerns.
JJC: To what extent have technological developments enhanced learning in today’s world?
MJC: Assess the view that new technologies create more problems than benefits for your society.
NJC: ‘Technology is developing too fast for our own good.’ To what extent do you agree?
NJC: Can ethics ever be irrelevant to science?
NYJC: Should the advancement of artificial intelligence be a cause for concern?
PJC: Should humans be hired when robots can do the job better?
PJC: To what extent is technology making crime more of a problem?
PJC: All forms of scientific research are worth pursuing.’ Discuss.
SAJC: Does modern technology satisfy our wants rather than our needs?
SRJC: ‘Medical science should seek to heal rather than enhance.’ Comment.
SRJC: Should science progress without any influence from religion?
YJC: How far has modern technology been a hindrance for people when they work?
YJC: ‘The main aim of scientific research is to create knowledge about how the world works, rather than solve problems.’ To what extent is this true?
VJC: Should we be afraid of artificial intelligence?
VJC: ‘In scientific research, the use of animals should not be an issue.’ Do you agree?


Fundamental Rights (S&T)

Do animals have rights? Does the development of science and technology curtail the rights of citizens? This subtopic on Science and Technology is likely to appear in your paper this year.

2017 Prelim Questions
AJC: Considering the increasing threat of terrorism, are governments justified in limiting people’s rights?
AJC: To what extent is animal testing acceptable in scientific research?
TJC: Can government surveillance eradicate the threat of terrorism?
DHS: How far can the State’s surveillance of citizens be justified?
NYJC: How far does the government have the right to restrict the freedom of its people?


Society and Inequality

Global inequality is likely to be a hot topic this year. Our analysis indicates that the question on inequality is likely to revolve around the discrepancies in wealth between developed and developing nations.

2017 Prelim Questions
AJC: ‘Economic development is favoured at the expense of the welfare of people.’ How true is this of your society?
TJC: Examine the claim that globalization creates equal opportunities for all.
ACJC: ‘Economic development is key to a country’s stability.’ To what extent is this true in your society?
ACJC: Consider the view that the poor are more likely to commit crimes than the rich.
RJC: ‘Achieving greater income equality for all is a desirable but unrealistic goal.’ Do you agree?
HCI: ‘Tourism brings less developed countries more harm than good.’ Comment.
HCI: ‘The hallmark of a great country is not how prosperous it is, but how inclusive its people can be.’ Should your country work towards this ideal?
MJC: ‘Poor governance is the main cause of poverty within a country.’ To what extent is this a fair comment?
MJC: Given that human beings are inherently different, is there any point in trying to eradicate inequalities?
SRJC: How far can we alleviate poverty when discrimination exists?
YJC: Considering their apparent financial stability, should developed countries be obliged to help other countries in need?
VJC: ‘The rich are responsible for the poor.’ What is your view?


The Environment

And… we inch even closer to a global environmental catastrophe. Our analysis indicates that there will be a question on the viability of environmental protection and conservation.

2017 Prelim Questions
ACJC: Evaluate the claim that environmental conservation is a desirable, but unrealistic, goal.
TPJC: Protecting the environment should be given greater priority than eradicating poverty. How far do you agree?
CJC: “We are not the masters of this earth.” To what extent is this true of the environment today?
DHS: ‘The solution to all environmental problems is more regulation, not education.’ Do you agree?
IJC: To what extent is environmental protection the responsibility of the individual?
JJC: ‘Environmental sustainability is a desirable but futile pursuit.’ Discuss.
MJC: How far is it possible to live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle in today’s world?
NJC: ‘The overconsumption of energy is the greatest threat to the environment today.’ Discuss.
PJC: ‘Going green makes good business sense.’ Comment.
RVHS: To what extent is renewable energy the solution for the world’s increasing need for energy?
SAJC: ‘The environment is the main cause of our health woes today.’ Discuss.


Politics and Governance

What is the role of the government? How should politicians behave? It is possible that a question on politics and governance will appear this fall.

2017 Prelim Questions
AJC: ‘Public figures today are overly concerned about what people think of them.’ What is your view?
RJC: ‘Business should have no place in politics.’ Do you agree?
DHS: ‘It is increasingly difficult for voters to make the right choice in elections.’ Discuss.
JJC: Consider the view that foreign intervention in a country’s affairs does more harm than good.
NYJC: To what extent does the presence of a foreign power have a negative effect?
PJC: ‘The key to effective leadership is to give the majority what they want.’ Do you agree?
SRJC: ‘Dictatorships are more efficient than democracies.’ Discuss.


Crime and Punishment

MJC: How effective is imprisonment in combatting crime?
VJC: ‘It is a mistake to give criminals a second chance.’ Is this view valid?