Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Complete MUET Syllabus

1 Listening
Candidates are assessed on their ability to comprehend various types of oral texts of varying length and level of complexity (content and language).
Assessment will cover the following:
(i) knowledge
* recalling information
* recognising main ideas
* recognising supporting details

(ii) comprehension
* deriving meaning of words, phrases, sentences
from context
* paraphrasing

(iii) application
* predicting outcomes
* applying a concept to a new situation

(iv) analysis
* understanding language functions
* distinguishing the relevant from the irrelevant
* distinguishing fact from opinion
* drawing inferences
* identifying roles and relationships

(v) synthesis
* following the development of a point or
an argument
* summarising information

(vi) evaluation
* appraising information
* making judgments
* drawing conclusions
* recognising and interpreting speakers’ views,
attitudes or intentions

Possible genres:
Lecture, briefing, talk, discussion, interview, telephone conversation, announcement, instructions, advertisement, news, meeting, documentary

2 The Speaking Syllabus - The 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

Possible issues:
Socio-cultural, economic, science and technology, sports, environment, education, health

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Reading Test Specifications are as the following:

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


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