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Tips for MUET speakingThe speaking test is divided into two sections: Task A & Task B, groups of 4 usually. Here is the time frame breakdown:

Sit down clockwise, A to D. There will be two examiners for each exam. Once seated, they will check your exam slips and ICs. Handphones, notes, stationery etc not allowed as a pencil, a piece of paper and the question will be placed on the table for each student.

1st minute - just read the question and make a mental note of the words you would like to ask the examiner about. (you should ask the examiner EVEN IF YOU UNDERSTAND the terms to get the right pronunciation and 'borrow' ideas from the examiners. most examiners are very helpful and will give you some ideas if you ask nicely) (say: Excuse me but what is the meaning of ... DO NOT SAY: What means of...? which is horrendous grammar!)

2nd minute - examiners ask all candidates (A-D) one by one if they understand the question or not. (again, make sure you ask about any word/phrases during this time)

2 minutes to write your notes on the blank A4 paper given (tip: divide the paper into 4 sections, label A, B, C and D, then write only in your section. think of three points and for every point give reasons and examples, make sure it's in note form only to avoid reading)

2 minutes for each candidate to present Task A - MUST AGREE WITH POINT GIVEN (advantage for candidate D cos will hv 8 mins to prepare but the point is generally harder to elaborate than candidate A's point, so there are always pros and cons. MAKE SURE YOU SPEAK FOR THE FULL 2 MINS, and it is ok to just elaborate 1 or 2 points well instead of 3 points but not well explained.)

Speak according to this format: 1. Greetings (Good morning to the examinerS and my fellow candidateS, etc.) 2. Repeat situation (Today we are talking about...etc.) 3. Main Point (The point I would like to discuss is... etc.) 4. 1st point (Firstly,.. , This is because,.., Moreover,..., For example,.. , Therefore,... ) 5. 2nd point (Secondly,... , This means that,... , Furthermore,... , For instance,... , Thus,...) 6. 3rd point (Finally,... , This is due to the fact that... , In addition, Take for example..., Hence,... ) 7. Conclusion (In a nutshell, etc.)

2 minutes to prepare notes for Task B (now you can write notes for all candidate's points, have a ranking system 1,2,3 and 4, 1 is for best choice and 4 for the least favourite, this will help you with your discussion)

10 minutes to discuss. In the quarantine room, pre-decide who will do the introduction, and someone to do the conclusion (this person MUST PAY ATTENTION TO THE TIME, as some examiners will NOT ALLOW you to do a conclusion if you go beyond the 10 min timeframe.)




Make sure you train your brain to think of 3 points with supporting reasons and examples. Always write in point form, not full sentences as 2 mins goes by way too fast!

Use your hands to gesture and explain your points. Marks will be awarded for 3 categories:

1. Task fulfillment - Did you understand the question and give a relevant and mature response?

2. Communicative ability - Did you have good eye-contact, body posture, gestures, cooperation?

3. Language - Do you have good command of the language with extended vocabulary?

Marks are given for Task A and Task B then added and divided to find the average.

LIST OF USEFUL LANGUAGE TASK A: 1. Good morning to everyone. 2. Good morning I bid to one and all. 3. Good morning to the examiners and all my fellow candidates. 4. A very good morning I wish to all examiners and fellow candidates. 5. Today we are talking about 6. The situation I have been given is 7. According to the situation 8. Based on the situation given 9. I have 3 reasons to justify my point. 10. First and foremost, 11. Firstly,

12. Secondly, 13. My second point is 14. Another reason is 15. Finally, 16. Lastly, 17. Last but not least, 18. Moreover, 19. In addition, 20. Furthermore, 21. Therefore, 22. Hence, 23. Thus, 24. However, 25. Other than that, 26. On the other hand, 27. Conversely, 28. Consequently, 29. Subsequently, 30. In contrast, 31. For example, 32. For instance, 33. Take for example, 34. and so on. 35. and many more.

36. and others. 37. In conclusion, 38. As a conclusion, 39. In short, 40. In a nutshell,

TASK B: 1. Lets kickstart this discussion by starting with.. 2. Allow me to begin 3. May I begin by saying 4. I agree with you. (NOT:IM agree) 5. Thats a great idea! 6. I see your point! 7. Thats an interesting perspective. 8. I like your suggestion. 9. Indeed! 10. I concur with your point of view. 11. Im sorry but I disagree. 12. Im afraid I have to disagree with your idea. 13. I dont see eye to eye with you. 14. Thats not a good idea/suggestion. 15. I beg to differ. 16. Im sorry for interrupting but 17. Excuse me, may I interrupt please.

18. Pardon me for interrupting but.. 19. Id like to add something please. 20. May I say something? 21. Could you please hear me out? 22. So what do you think, Candidate X? 23. How about your point of view? 24. Candidate X, what is your opinion? 25. Does anyone agree with me? 26. Why dont we consider the other points? 27. I dont understand, can you please repeat? 28. Im sorry I dont understand, can you please elaborate again? 29. In conclusion, ALL OF US agree that 30. To conclude, MOST OF US agree that 31. In a nutshell, SOME OF US agree that while the rest prefer 32. As time is running out, it seems that ALL OF US cant seem to agree on a single point so 33. Thats the end of this discussion, thank you.

FORMAT MUET 2012 MUET Paper 1: Listening (30 minutes) Candidates will be required to listen to recorded texts twice and answer questions on them.

There is a total of 20 questions consisting of information transfer, short-answer questions, 3option multiple-choice questions and 4-option multiple-choice questions.

MUET Paper 2: Speaking (30 minutes) Candidates will be required to perform two tasks: individual presentation and group interaction.

For the individual presentation, candidates will be given 2 minutes to prepare for the given task and 2 minutes to present. Candidates will also listen to the other candidates while they are making their presentations and take down notes for the group interaction.

For the group interaction (4 to a group), candidates will be given 2 minutes to prepare points to support or oppose the other candidates views. After listening to everyone in the group, candidates will try to come to a consensus. The group will be given 10 minutes for the group interaction.

MUET Paper 3: Reading (90 minutes) This paper comprises 45 multiple-choice questions based on passages from texts which may be taken from journals, newspapers, magazines, and academic and electronic sources. Questions are in the form of 3-option multiple-choice and 4-option multiple-choice questions.

MUET Paper 4: Writing (90 minutes)

This paper comprises two writing tasks: transferring information from a non-linear source to a linear text and a piece of extended writing. The stimulus may take the form of linear and/or non-linear texts.

Muet: Speaking Component Test Specifications

Candidates are assessed on their ability to make individual presentations and to take part in group discussions on a wide range of contemporary issues.

Assessment will cover the following:

(i) accuracy

using grammatically correct language using correct pronunciation, stress and intonation

(ii) fluency

speaking with confidence and fluency

(iii) appropriacy

using language appropriate for the intended purpose and audience using varied vocabulary and expressions using varied sentence structures observing conventions appropriate to a specific situation

(iv) coherence and cohesion developing and organising ideas using appropriate markers and linking devices using anaphora appropriately together with other cohesive devices

(v) 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 seeking clarification asking for and giving information persuading drawing conclusions stating and justifying points of view presenting an argument

(vi) managing a discussion initiating turn-taking interrupting prompting negotiating closing

(vii) task fulfilment

presenting relevant ideas providing adequate content showing a mature treatment of topic

ESSAYQUESTION 2: Mid Year 2010 By Audrey Wiles The world today is turning more to electronic communications such as the e-mail, Facebook and Short message System (SMS). What is your opinion of this growing trend? Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.

Generally, in answering academic essays, you need to really focus on a higher level of thinking which befits a Band 6, university style response. If you were to just answer that this electronic communication trend is good and that you can chat with your friends and keep in touch, then you really haven't explored the question in a mature and critical way.

How do you train your mind to be more critical and mature in approaching the question? Well, you need to focus not just on the effects of the concept to yourself and the people around you, but focus on how it will affect society not just in your country but globally.

Anyway, have a read of the sample answer below. Take note that I'm sticking to my writing template, but better students can use a more creative style to show their flair