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MUET Reading Test Specifications

Candidates are assessed on their ability to comprehend various types of text of varying length and level of
complexity (content and language).
Assessment will cover the following:
(i) comprehension
* skimming and scanning
* extracting specific information
* identifying main ideas
* identifying supporting details
* deriving the meaning of words,
phrases, sentences, from the
context
* understanding linear and
non-linear texts
* understanding relationships
* within a sentence
* between sentences
* recognising a paraphrase
(ii) application
* predicting outcomes
* applying a concept to a
new situation
(iii) analysis
* understanding language functions
* interpreting linear and non-linear
texts
* distinguishing the relevant from
the irrelevant
* distinguishing fact from opinion
* making inferences
(iv) synthesis
* relating ideas and concept
* within a paragraph
* between paragraphs
* following the development of a
point or an argument
* summarising information
(v) evaluation
* appraising information

* making judgements
* drawing conclusions
* recognising and interpreting
writers views, attitudes or
intentions

Possible genres:
Articles from journals, newspapers and magazines, academic texts, electronic texts.

Specifications For Writing, The Test


Components:
Candidates are assessed on their ability to write various types of text covering a range of rhetorical styles.
Assessment will cover the following:
(i) accuracy
* using correct spelling and mechanics
* using correct grammar
* using correct sentence structures
(ii) appropriacy
* using varied vocabulary and expressions
* using clear varied sentences
* using language appropriate for the intended
purpose and audience
* observing conventions appropriate to a
specific situation or text type
(iii) coherence and cohesion
* developing and organising ideas
* using appropriate markers and linking
devices
* using anaphora appropriately together with
other cohesive devices
(iv) use of language functions
* defining, describing, explaining
* comparing and contrasting
* classifying
* giving reasons
* giving opinions
* expressing relationships
* making suggestions and recommendations

* expressing agreement and disagreement


* persuading
* interpreting information from non-linear
texts
* drawing conclusions
* stating and justifying points of view
* presenting an argument
(v) task fulfillment
* presenting relevant ideas
* providing adequate content
* showing a mature treatment of topic

Possible genres:
Report, article, letter, essay
This page is filled with the items that are generically about Writing such as the contents of the syllabus for
the Reading skills.
Obviously, in this blog, the Writing items are lacking. From time to time, yours truly, will be posting
contents for Reading skills. The postings will be labeled "Writing" and might be suffixed with words such
as 'vocabulary' or 'linkers' which are inherently part of Writing skills. The format of this blogger blog is
easy to maneuver, just move around, click here and there until you "get the hang of it".

Syllabus of MUET

Untuk mereka yang akan mengambil Malaysia University English


Test atau lebih dikenali dengan singkatan MUET adalah penting
untuk anda mengetahui apakah komponen-komponen atau aspek
yang akan diuji dalam MUET, markah maksima untuk setiap
komponen dan juga markah yang diperlukan untuk mencapai
sesuatu Band. Anda perlu tahu kesemua ini dengan terang dan
jelas agar anda akan lebih bersedia untuk mengambil MUET dan
mendapat keputusan cemerlang.
Ada empat komponen dalam MUET iaitu Listening dengan markah
penuh 45, Speaking dengan markah penuh 45; Reading dengan
markah penuh 120 dan Writing dengan markah penuh 90. Markah
maksima yang boleh dicapai dalam MUET ialah 300 markah.
Jumlah markah yang diperolehi dalam kesemua empat komponen
itu akan digredkan kepada enam julat atau Band di mana Band 1
ialah yang terendah dan Band 6 yang tertinggi.
Berikut adalah pemarkahan untuk kesemua Band dan komen.
Band 6- Pengguna yang sangat Bagus (Jumlah markah:260-300)
Penguasaan bahasa yang amat bagus. Fasih, tepat dalam
penggunaan bahasa Inggeris dan menggunakan bahasa yang
sesuai :hampir-hampir tiada kesilapan. Pemahaman yang amat
bangus tentang bahasa dan konteks. Berfungsi dengan amat baik
dalam bahasa.
Band 5- Pengguna yang Bagus (Jumlah markah:220-259)
Penguasaan yang bagus. Fasih, tepat dalam penggunaan bahasa
Inggeris dan menggunakan bahasa yang sesuai tetapi ada sedikit
kesilapan. Pemahaman yang baik tentang bahasa dan konteks.
Berfungsi dengan baik dalam bahasa.
Band 4- Pengguna yang Kompeten (Jumlah markah:180-219)
Penguasaan yang memuaskan. Fasih, tepat dalam penggunaan
bahasa Inggeris dan menggunakan bahasa yang sesuai tetapi ada
beberapa kesilapan. Pemahaman yang memuaskan tentang
bahasa dan konteks. Berfungsi dengan kompeten dalam bahasa.
Band 3- Pengguna yang Sederhana (Jumlah markah:140-179)
Penguasaan yang sederhana. Sederhana dari segi ekspresi,
kefasihan dan penggunaan bahasa Inggeris yang sesuai tetapi

ada kesilapan yang ketara. Pemahaman yang sederhana tentang


bahasa dan konteks. Berfungsi dengan sederhana dalam bahasa.
Band 2- Pengguna yang terhad (Jumlah markah: 101-139)
Penguasaan bahasa yang terhad. Kurang ekspresi, kefasihan dan
ketepatan. Pengunaan bahasa yang tidak tepat yang
menyebabkan salahfaham dalam komunikasi. Pemahaman yang
terhad tentang bahasa dan konteks. Keupayaan yang terhad
dalam bahasa.
Band 1- Pengguna yang amat terhad (Jumlah markah: bawah
100) Penguasaan bahasa yang lemah. Tidak berupaya untuk
mengekspresi. Pengunaan bahasa yang tidak tepat yang
menyebabkan kerap salahfaham dalam komunikasi. Pemahaman
yang sedikit atau lemah tentang bahasa dan konteks. Hampir
tidak berfungsi di dalam bahasa Inggeris.
Diharapkan penerangan tentang komponen MUET dan
permakahan ini dapat membantu anda memahami apakah aspekaspek yang akan ditanya dalam peperiksaan MUET. Ada
sesetengah kursus memerlukan band yang tinggi dan
memerlukan persediaan yang rapi.
Secara amnya persediaan yang boleh anda buat ialah:1.
2.
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4.
5.
6.

Mengetahui aspek-aspek yang akan diuji.


Permakahan untuk setiap aspek.
Bentuk-bentuk soalan tahun-tahun lepas.
Persediaan dari segi Grammar atau tatabahasa.
Persediaan dari segi Vocabulary atau kosa kata.
Persediaan dari segi perbualan.

WHAT IS MUET? (MALAYSIAN UNIVERSITY ENGLISH


TEST)
BY GLADYS TAN
8 Oct 2014

Have you ever heard of the term MUET? This abbreviation, quite prominently heard of
especially among pre-university students, actually stands for The Malaysian University English
Test. Its an English test created by the Malaysian government to set a benchmark for English
among Malaysian students. So if you are planning to pursue your degree in a local university,
keep reading because this article will have all the information you need.
Who should take MUET?
MUET is compulsory for all STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia) and matriculation
students, as well as diploma and pre-university students who wish to pursue a first degree
program in local universities.
There is no entry requirement for MUET. For STPM and matriculation candidates, MUET will
automatically be a required subject for all students to take, but it will not be shown in your result
slip. There will be a separate result slip for MUET.
How is the test format like?
There are a total of four papers in MUET ranging from Listening (800/1), Speaking (800/2),
Reading (800/3) and Writing (800/4). This is to ensure that students master all four skills, rather
than just being good at one but struggle with the other three.
The Malaysian governments aim is to produce students who can converse in English
comfortably, but more than just that students who can master the English language in order to

become a competent competitor in the corporate world with English being the International
Language in this age and time.

How often is MUET held?


MUET used to be held only twice a year during the middle of the year between April and May,
and during the end of the year between October and November. But starting this year, 2012,
MUET is now held up to three times a year in March, July, and November.
Can I retake MUET?
The answer is YES. Yes, you can retake MUET if failed in your first test, or if youre
dissatisfied with your results. There is no limit to this however, it will be wise for students to
plan ahead. Students should bear in mind the local university intake period. This is because only
students who have taken MUET are eligible to register themselves into a degree course at local
universities. Students can still take MUET even after they have graduated from STPM or
matriculation. However, it is best to obtain both STPM/matriculation results along with MUETs
results so that students can immediately apply for their desired courses when the registration for
local university application opens.
Grading system

When students obtain their MUET result, the result slip will show marks of all the 4 individual
papers which will then be summarized into Band 1 to Band 6 (Band 6 being the best). The
average grade for MUET is Band 3. Any lower than that (Band 1 or Band 2), students will have
to take two extra English courses during school holidays. Students who score a Band 3 and Band
4 will only have to take one extra course. Students who score a Band 5 or Band 6 can be
exempted from the extra course. (However, this may vary from different schools, depending on
the arrangement of their syllabus).
Heres a brief summary of each Band:
Band 6 Very good user (Aggregated score: 260-300). Very good command of the language.
Highly expressive, fluent, accurate and appropriate language: hardly any inaccuracies. Very good
understanding of language and contexts. Functions extremely well in the language.
Band 5 Good user (Aggregated score: 220-259). Good command of the language.
Expressive, fluent, accurate, and appropriate language but with minor inaccuracies. Good
understanding of language and contexts. Functions well in the language.
Band 4 Competent user (Aggregated score: 180-219). Satisfactory command of the
language. Satisfactory, expressive and fluent. Approriate language but with occasional
inaccuracies. Satisfactory understanding of the language and contexts. Functions satisfactorily in
the language.
Band 3 Modest user (Aggregated score: 140-179). Modest command of the language.
Modestly expressive and fluent, appropriate language but with noticeable inaccuracies. Modest
understanding of the language and contexts. Able to function modestly in the language.

Band 2 Limited user (Aggregated score: 101-139). Limited command of the language. Lacks
expressiveness, fluency and appropriateness: inaccurate use of the language resulting in
breakdown in communication. Limited understanding of language and contexts. Limited ability
to function in the language.
Band 1 Extremely limited user (Aggregated score: below 100). Poor command of the
language. Unable to use language to express ideas: inaccurate use of the language resulting in
frequent breakdowns in communication. Little or poor understanding of language and contexts.
Hardly able to function in the language.
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