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MUET

(Malaysian University English Test)

ORIENTATION WEEK ACADEMIC TALK BY MDM JESSIE U. UCHAT/B.ED TESL (OTAGO, NZ).
What is MUET?
Level of Education Type of Test English Exams (Local ) International (USA, UK,
Canada, Australia, NZ,
Singapore )

UPSR BI Paper 1 and Paper PET


Standardized 2
PMR Summative Test BI Paper 1 and Paper
2
SPM 111/9 English
IELTS International
MUET /A-level English Language
STPM Proficiency Test Testing System
TOFEL Test of English
as a Foreign
Language
TOEIC Test of English
for International
Communication
What is MUET? Pronounced as /mee u weit/

The Malaysian University English Test (MUET) is a test of English language proficiency,
largely for university admissions. The test is set and run by the Malaysian Examinations
Council (which also runs the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia examination). MUET is largely
recognised only in Malaysia and Singapore. However, there are still a small number of
universities outside of Malaysia and Singapore which recognise MUET.
Most candidates who sit for MUET do so to apply for admissions in public and private
universities and colleges. MUET is a prerequisite in applying for admissions into all public
universities and colleges in Malaysia. MUET is also accepted for admissions into most
universities in Singapore including National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological
University and Singapore Management University, as well as a few universities outside
Malaysia and Singapore such as University of East London, Manchester Metropolitan
University, Upper Iowa University, Nagoya University, Hong Kong University of Science and
Technology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and United
International College.
The universities set different target band scores for different courses. For instance, most
courses in the Malaysian universities set the minimal requirement of a Band 3 in MUET,
while students who want to study Medicine, Law, TESL, English Linguistics, and English
Literature are required to obtain at least a Band 4. MUET is also compulsory for
graduating from a local university. Thus, candidates are advised to take the MUET as
soon as possible to avoid delays in their graduation.[1]
Public (government) servants also take MUET for promotion opportunities. For instance,
police officers, teachers and administrative staff take MUET as an English qualification.
Candidates usually have to register via their institution, private candidates with their
State Education Department, with a registration fee which used to be RM 61, but has
now gone up to RM 101. Candidates can register for MUET online via the Malaysian
Examinations Council website. Although Malaysian government has decided to abolish
government examination fees from 2007 onwards,[2] MUET will remain as a paid test.
From the year 2012 onwards, MUET is administered thrice a year, in March, July and
November. It is advisable to allocate sufficient time for preparation, to obtain the band
score required for university. On average, 85,000 candidates sit for the MUET each time.[
Who are the MUET Teachers in SMK Kid?
Madam Jessie Uring Uchat
Born 29th June 1978
In Baram, Sarawak
Obtained First Degree in TESL from a Twinning Program Between STTI, Cheras, KL with
Otago University, New Zealand .
Teaches MUET since 2004 (13 Years)
Married with 3 children

Madam Azizah bt Sazalie


Born in Sri Aman
Obtained First Defree in TESL from UKM, Bangi.
Teaches MUET since 2004.
Married with 2 children.

Mr Frederick Empati
Born in Sri Aman
Obtained Degree from
Teaches MUET since 2016
Married with 3 children
What to expect from MUET?

Language skills, format, techniques, strategies, attitude, thinking skills


and studying skills.
4 Components
Paper 1 Listening
Paper 2 Speaking
Paper 3 Reading Comprehension
Paper 4 Writing
The skills specification in review
What are the papers like for MUET?

Paper 1 : Listening
5 recordings -2 long ones -3 shorter ones
3 parts -20 questions
Part 1 : Mix Type of questions (ABC and fill in the blanks WITH NOT MORE THAN 3 OR
NOT MORE THAN 5 WORDS)
Part 2: ABC (letter and circle the best answer)
Part 3 : Fill in the blanks with NOT MORE THAN 5 WORDS.
The texts (speeches, talk shows, interviews ) are pre-recorded with some local English
accents.
The recordings will be played twice
You will answer as you listen.
Duration : 30 Minutes
** But in Lower 6 , we will cover the basic skills first and will only do the exam practice in
Upper 6.
Paper 2 Speaking

You will learn to carry out INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS on any formal or


informal topics.
You will also learn to carry out GROUP DISCUSSIONS.
So, 2 Tasks (Individual Presentations & Group Interaction)
1 minute reading time followed by clarification
2 minutes preparation time
2 minute each for IP
Followed by 2 minutes preparation time for TB
10 Minutes for GI
*** But tin lower 6 you will first learn the basic skills for speaking before
actually carrying out the presentations.
Paper 3 Reading Comprehension

6 long general passages


The 1st one might have a graph
The rest are all articles
45 questions
All ABCs questions
1 Hours
** The most challenging paper yet the most useful paper that will equip
you with college-level skills.
** We will learn and re-learn all the basic reading comprehension skills
so that you can tackle linear and non-linear/fiction and factual texts
confidently.
Paper 4 Reading Comprehension
A very structured paper.
2 tasks to master
Task A/Question 1 : Report Writing Question
Basic statistical/analytical/business/accounting reporting
Very structured and technical
You need to learn the techniques or else
Task B/Question 2: Extended Writing Question
A general favorite but
Argumentative essays/persuasive essays
You need to learn the right techniques as well
1 Hours
*** In lower 6 we will learn or re-learn all the basics to Q1 and Q2.
How will marks be awarded?

Paper 1 Listening
Paper 3 Reading
Comprehension
Number of Questions : 20
Questions: 45
Weightage : 45
Weightage: 120
Minimum score : Above 10
Minimum Score: Above 60
Paper 2 Speaking
Paper 4 Writing
Questions : 2
Question 2
Weightage : 45
Weightage :90
Minimum Score: 60
Min. score: Above 45
How can I tell my level?

BAND 6
BAND 5
BAND 4
BAND 3
BAND 2
BAND 1 0-99
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR
MUET?
1. Familiarize yourself with popular mainstream newspapers and magazines like
NST, Time, Newsweek, Readers Digest, The Star, The Sun, New York Times,
Guardians UK, Business week, Forbes, International Herald Tribune, Malay Mail
and etc.
2. Download the magazines apps on your Android smart phones
3. Have a positive and humble attitude.
4. Attend classes
5. Have 1 file, 1 long exercise book , 1 dictionary and be willing to fork out some
money for photocopying and for buying reading materials.
6. Be ready to work hard and dont expect free lunches.
7. Sort out your time management /download any good time management
apps.
8. Gather all your supplies/buy them from the cheap stores .
9. Be willing to share your knowledge and wisdom with other people.