Tuesday, October 28, 2014

OBTAINING DESIRED MUET BAND AND SCORE FORMULA

MUET's Grade

MUET's scores (maximum 300) are graded into six bands. Band 1 is the lowest and Band 6 is the highest:-
Band 1Extremely limited user (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.
Band 2Limited user (Aggregated score: 101-139) Limited command of the language. Lacks expressiveness, fluency and appropriacy: inaccurate use of the language resulting in breakdown in communication. Limited understanding of language and contexts. Limited ability to function in the language.
Band 3Modest user (Aggregated score: 140-179) Modest command of the language. Modestly expressive and fluent, appropriate language but with noticeable inaccuracies. Modest understanding of language and contexts. Able to function modestly in the language.
Band 4Competent user (Aggregated score: 180-219) Satisfactory command of the language. Satisfactory expressive and fluent, appropriate language but with occasional inaccuracies. Satisfactory understanding of language and contexts. Functions satisfactorily in the language.
Band 5Good 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 6Very 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.


Formula to obtain desired MUET Grade/Band.

Band 1 -  Just sit for all papers and do nothing.
Band 2 -  Aim for at least 40% grade for all papers.  Example : Listening 15/45, Speaking 15/45
                Reading 50/120 and Writing 40/90 , 15 +16+35+35 =  101 (Band 2)
Band 3 -  Set a target  for at least 50% Score for each paper. Example : 22 + 22 + 60 + 45 = 149
Band 4-   Obtain at least   Reading 90 + Writing 50 + Listening 25 and Speaking 25 = 190
Band 5     You have to achieve at least 100 for your reading( not impossible) + Listening 35 +                              Speaking 30 and Writing 60 = 220
Band 6      Keep dreaming...





Local varsities can opt to set own MUET target band scores’ — DPM



by Lim How Pim, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on October 28, 2014, Tuesday


KOTA SAMARAHAN: Local universities will be entrusted to set their own target band scores for the Malaysian University English Test (MUET), beginning next year.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this would be the flexibility offered to these institutions under the transition period for them to accommodate the new required minimum English language criteria set for intakes of students.
Adding on, he said the new qualifications were determined following discussions among relevant stakeholders who called for better English proficiency among graduates.
“We need to ensure that our graduates are proficient in the English language. In Cyberjaya, 300 students of local IPTA (public institutions of higher learning) had been called for interviews by multi-national institutions – only seven passed as the rest could not converse well in English.
“This is one of the reasons why we need to raise the band scores. The Employers Association of Malaysia also said something must be done so that graduates of local universities could have a better command of English – not just being able to write, but also able to speak it fluently,” he said in response to a question posed during a dialogue at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas)’s Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra here yesterday.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, stressed that multi-national corporations needed graduates who were proficient in English and as such, the minimum qualification set was not ‘just an issue’ among local universities.
“It is an issue to the whole country, not just at university level. Therefore, we decided to raise the qualification. If you enter the university with Band 2, after a couple of years, we expect you to go up to Band 3.”
He said it would not be sensible for a student to maintain at Band 2 upon graduation.
When tabling Budget 2015 earlier this month, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that starting next year, the general condition for student intake to higher learning institutions of at least Band 1 in MUET would be raised so as to increase their self-confidence and skills to communicate in English.
The new minimum qualification for Arts and Social Science studies has been upped to Band 2 (and
Band 3 to graduate) while for studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, it is elevated to Band 3 (Band 4 to graduate) and Band 4 for Law and Medicine (Band 5 to graduate).


Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/10/28/local-varsities-can-opt-to-set-own-muet-target-band-scores-dpm/#ixzz3HRhyvDa8

Universities given flexibility over new MUET ruling

Published: Sunday October 26, 2014 MYT 5:36:00 PM
Updated: Sunday October 26, 2014 MYT 5:38:13 PM

Idris Jusoh: Universities given flexibility over new MUET ruling

SINTOK: Higher learning institutions (IPTA) will be given flexibility in implementing the new qualifying conditions for the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) due to start next year.

Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the intake of students was subject to approval by the senate of the respective universities, therefore, implementing the new conditions could be to the discretion of the senate.

"Actually, the statement made by the prime minister when tabling Budget 2015 (on the new qualifying conditions for MUET) recently, was well received by all the universities.

"However, allowance can be given to their senate because based on the Universities and University Colleges Act, the senate has the power to determine the entry of students," he said after a working visit to Universiti Utara Malaysia.

Idris said the implementation would go on, but with flexibility given the current situation (short period for implementation).

When tabling Budget 2015, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that beginning next year, the general condition for student intake to the IPTA of at least Band 1 in MUET would be raised so as to increase their self-confidence and skills to communicate in the English language.

The new minimum qualification for Arts and Social Science studies is raised to Band 2 (and Band 3 to graduate) while for studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), it is raised to Band 3 (Band 4 to graduate) and Band 4 for Law and Medicine (Band 5 to graduate).

Idris said the ministry would meet with UKM's Institute of Malay World and Civilisation lecturer, Prof Dr Teo Kok Seong who disclosed that 604 Chinese and Indian participants of the National Service (NS) Training Programme could not speak Malay.

Idris said the ministry would thoroughly investigate why this situation happened and would take action to overcome the problem.

According to Teo, the study was made on 14,000 trainees at 79 NS training camps in 2010.

He said the inability of some trainees to communicate in nor understand Bahasa Melayu, resulted in the NS trainers being unable to deliver to them the module on nationhood and citizenship. - Bernama

Budget 2015: Better English scores a must to enter public universities from next year

Budget 2015: Better English scores a must to enter public universities from next year

Those who wished to enter public universities next year will need to get a higher score for their MUET examination.Those who wished to enter public universities next year will need to get a higher score for their MUET examination.Students aiming to enter local public universities will have to score higher in the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) from next year as part of Budget 2015's move to enhance graduate employability.
The minimum English entry requirement into public institutions of higher learning will now be according to field of study, and no longer the minimum grade of Band 1 in MUET as is currently required.
Those aiming for Arts and Social Science courses will have to achieve Band 2, while Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics courses must achieve Band 3.
MUET is an English proficiency test used in university admissions in both Malaysia and Singapore.
The bands refer to the level of proficiency in listening, reading, writing and speaking, with Band 6 indicating top proficiency and Band 1 the lowest.
Announcing this when tabling Budget 2015 today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the move was to enhance graduates' self confidence and English proficiency skills.
He said about 53,000 graduates remained unemployed after six months of graduating.
Other moves in Budget 2015 to address graduate employability include a RM30 million allocation for an Industry Academia Collaboration programme where universities, government bodies and industries will jointly develop curriculum for internship programmes and industrial training. – October 10, 2014.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/budget-2015-better-english-scores-a-must-to-enter-public-universities-from
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

IDIOMS IN ESSAY



What Is An Idom...?



An idiom is an expression consisting of a combination of words that have a figurative meaning. The figurative meaning is comprehended in regard to a common use of the expression that is separate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made.Idioms are numerous and they occur frequently in all languages. There are estimated to be at least 25,000 idiomatic expressions in the English language. (source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiom)

Can I Use Idioms In My Essay...?
Students are encouraged to  use idioms in PT3 and SPM examinations.Using relevant and suitable idioms in an essay will help students to get a better mark for their essay.
Don't simply use idioms just for the sake of getting better grades for your essay paper, this will backfire if the idioms you use are irrelevant or out of place.
You can use idioms in the beginning paragraph or in the body paragraph or in the closing paragraph. It all depends on the topic and suitability of the idioms used.
Be careful not to over do it.You might be impressed but it does not necessarily mean the examiner would be.
Do not use idioms when writing formal letters or business letters.
So, for a better grade use at least three idioms.If you can't write three at least write one idiom in the closing paragraph.



Sample Sentences With Idioms...

The suffering Adam went through in life was actually a blessing in disguise,for it has taught him to be prudent and thrifty with his finances.
Many obese Malaysians are actually couch potatoes.They just like to sit and eat on a couch all day long watching movies without moving an inch.
Students who like to drag their feet will not be able to finish their school project on time.
Students need to widen their horizons in order to face the challenges of globalisation.
People who like to be mules for drug traffickers must learn to face the music if caught by the authorities.
Sam has a gut feeling that something bad is going to happen today.
Parents need to have a heart to heart talk with their teenage children often.This will help them to  understand the emotional turmoil their teenage children are going through better.
Reading helps a person to be knowledgeable about his surroundings and not be in the dark.
Parents need to keep an eye on their children's after school activities.
We packed our things and headed to the remote village in Manjala. The journey was quite challenging and dangerous but we managed to steer clear of danger and reached the village safe and sound.

My father and mother are always at loggerheads, they never once agreed on anything, always pointing fingers at one another over silly matters.
Sandy was on cloud nine as she got through her SPM examination with flying colours.
After waiting for six long years, Pat and Mandy finally tied the knot. Their parents gave them an out of this world wedding reception as a wedding gift.
Henry is quite wrapped up with his construction work. He just can't afford to take a break or put up his feet even for a second.
Miranda has put on weight after giving birth to her baby girl. She plans to work out more to shed the extra pounds.
Starting from 2013, every student must pass their History paper. Students are worried that they might not be able to sail through it because History is all Greek to them.
The old house opposite my house has a ghostly presence, it gives me goose bumps just looking at it.
The bank was robbed in broad daylight.The police are not leaving any stones unturned, they are working out a game plan to catch the mastermind.
People around the world must have an attitude of give and take in order to enjoy continuous peace.Insensitive words or religious undertones will only create ripples which can turn into a vicious cycle of unnecessary violence.
The two opposing political parties are hoping for a landslide victory this coming election. Working committees from both parties have rolled up their sleeves for some serious campaigning.

http://kopitiamenglish.blogspot.com/2011/06/idioms-in-essays.html

Using English Idioms in Writing Good Essays

Use English idioms properly

A nice piece of writing will not be a good essay without some relevant English idioms in it. You should always add some suitable English idioms in writing your essay. However, you are advised not to use irrelevant idioms in your essay with the sole purpose of scoring a better grade. Use English idioms with caution – contextually targeted to the particular essay only.

Examples of common English idioms being used:
Buying essays online would not cost the buyer much money.
Buying essays online would not cost the buyer an arm and a leg.

The essay writer must finish writing the essay by tomorrow by any means.
The essay writer must finish writing the essay by tomorrow by hook or by crook.

Some undergraduates in university or college like to study until late at night at the last moment.
Some undergraduates in university or college like to burn the midnight oil at the eleventh hour.

Importance of English idioms in essay writing
Examiners will be impressed when marking essays with a lot of English idioms contextually being used in them. First impression counts!

Besides that, you should always check idioms used in the essay you buy online. Most of the time, the number of correctly-used English idioms indicates the quality of the essay. It is easy to master some common English idioms if you practise using them a number of times.

http://goodessays.blogspot.com/2006/12/using-english-idioms-in-writing-good.html

Saturday, July 05, 2014

SPEAKING EXERCISES FOR PT3 SPEAKING TEST'S PREPARATION




Talk about yourself - http://goo.gl/FbRYgW
Describe a photo or picture - http://goo.gl/OjCEWS
Discussion - http://goo.gl/U651l1
Information gap - http://goo.gl/0VDqV4
Tell a personal anecdote - http://goo.gl/YQW4WX
Oral presentation - http://goo.gl/XKu028

GOOD EXAMPLE OF PT 3 SPEAKING TEST PREPARATIONS -INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION

DESCRIBE A PHOTO OF PICTURE



http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/exams/speaking-exams/describe-photo-or-picture?utm_source=facebook-learnenglishteens&utm_mediu%C2%ADm=wallpost&utm_campaign=bc-learnenglishteens-facebook

GOOD EXAMPLE OF PT 3 SPEAKING TEST PREPARATIONS -INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION




                                                        TALKING ABOUT ONESELF


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GOOD EXAMPLE OF PT 3 SPEAKING TEST PREPARATIONS -DISCUSSION

DISCUSSION




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Monday, June 30, 2014

MUET JULY 2014 TIPS -READING COMPONENT TRUE, FALSE AND NOT STATED

The quick brief guide to differentiate 'true, false and not 

stated' statement :

  • both true and false statement require evidence form the text (from either one or both linear and non-linear text)
  • the evidence could also be inferred
  • true statement has an evidence that supports it / agrees with it
  • false statement has an evidence that goes against it / disagrees with it
  • not stated is for statement that has no contextual evidence which agrees or disagrees with it, even if you infer
  • you should not use your existing knowledge when responding to questions in 800/3

http://aboutmuetinkisas.blogspot.com/2012/08/true-false-not-stated.html

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Writing a Report - Question 1 Sample (Muet Writing)

Writing a Report - Question 1 (Muet Writing)

Based on the tables below, write a report on the 2010 and 2011 State Spelling Challenge Prizes and the number of participants in the 2010 and 2011 Competition. You are to link the information given. Your report must be 150 – 200 words.

Table 1: State Spelling Challenge Prizes (2010-2011)
Prize
State Spelling Challenge
2010
2011
Primary School
Secondary School
Primary School
Secondary School
1st Prize
RM2,000
RM3,000
RM3,000
RM5,000
2nd Prize
RM1,500
RM2,500
RM2,000
RM4,000
3rd Prize
RM1,000
RM2,000
RM1,000
RM3,000
Overall Best Individual
RM500
RM500
RM500
RM800
Overall Best Group
RM1,300
RM1,800
RM2,600
RM3,600

Table 2: Number of Participants in Secondary Schools
Participating States
No. of participants in Secondary Schools
2010
2011
Melaka
20
36
Pulau Pinang
17
30
Pahang
11
22
Selangor
22
40
Federal Territory
29
54


Note:    1. Write your report in paragraphs.
                2. Provide the following features when writing your report:




SUGGESTED ANSWER

TITLE
State Spelling Challenge Prizes and the Number of Participants (2010-2011)
Extract this from the rubric or titles of the visuals
INTRODUCTION
The visuals illustrate State Challenge Prizes and number of participants in secondary schools in 2010 and 2011.
Introduce both visuals
OVERVIEW/OVERALL TREND
The increase in the prize money for secondary schools in the State Spelling Challenge from 2010 to 2011 might have influenced the increase in the number of participants in 2011.
Show the link between the two visuals
Generally, there was an increase in prize money for all secondary school prizes from 2010 to 2011.
KEY FEATURES (ANALYSIS / SYNTHESIS
In 2010primary and secondary schools’ first prize money was thehighest at RM2,000 and RM3,000respectively and a similar trendwas recorded for both schools in2011.

Highlight significant data/Compare and contrast prize money
Synthesis (comparing 2 prizes,data, 2 schools and 2 years + trend)
However, the lowest prize money went to the overall best individual for both schools at RM500 each in2010.

 Analysis

The third prize for primary school remained unchanged atRM1,000 but there was a rise ofRM1,000 from RM2,000 toRM3,000 for secondary schoolover the two years.
Analysis
(Prize+data+ schools+years+trend)

Both primary and secondaryoverall best group prize moneydoubled from RM1,300 toRM2,600 and from RM1,800 toRM3,600 respectively between2010 and 2011.
Analysis

Secondary school’s second prize money had a higher increase fromRM2,500 (2010) to RM4,000(2011) than primary school’s which increased form RM1,500 toRM2,000 respectively in the two years.
Analysis

Federal Territory recorded the most participants in 2010 and 2011 with 29 and 54 respectively.

Analysis
Meantime, Pahang charted the least with 11 and 22 participants each in 2010 and 2011.
The almost double growth in the number of secondary school participants in all states in 2011 was probably due to the increase in prize money from 2010 to 2011.
Synthesis
CONCLUSION
In conclusion, the increase on prize money from 2010 to 2011 has an effect on the number of participants in secondary schools in 2011.
Summaries main finding / Restate overview
Credits to 
http://gourirabindra.blogspot.com/2014/02/writing-report-question-1-muet-writing.html

Past Year Muet Writing compilations



PAST YEAR MUET WRITING (800/4 -QUESTION 2)

MARCH 2014
The trend today among youth is to own the latest technological gadgets such as mobile phones and other devices. Is this a healthy development among young people? Give your opinion. You should write at least 350 words.
NOVEMBER 2013
“The most important factor which contributes towards a person’s success is himself.” Do you agree with the statement? Justify your stand, giving relevant examples where appropriate.
JULY 2013
“Everyone should aim to become a millionaire by the age of 35.” Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.
MARCH 2013
Man’s careless attitude is the main cause for the destruction of the environment. Discuss.
NOVEMBER 2012
“Women make better leaders than men. “Do you agree? Discuss.
JULY 2012
“Students’ participation in co-curricular activities has been made one of the criteria for entry into universities.” What do you think of this requirement? Give your opinion and support it with reasons.
MARCH 2012
“Education is the most important factor in the development of a country.” Discuss.
YEAR END 2011
 “A persons career choice should be determined by his or her interest.” Discuss
MID 2011
The most valuable thing in life is friendship. Do you agree? Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.
YEAR END 2010
In an arranged marriage, the choice of a husband or wife is made by parents or elders. What do you think of this practice in today's society? Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.
MID 2010
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.
YEAR END 2009
People commit crime for selfish reasons. Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.
MID 2009 
Information and communications technology (ICT) is the cause of today's many social ills. What is your opinion? Support your answers with examples. You should write at least 350 words.
YEAR END 2008
"People are becoming more materialistic. They are concerned with making more money and what money can buy." What is your opinion on being materialistic? You should write at least 350 words.

To Know more pls go clik this link.
http://gourirabindra.blogspot.com/2014/03/past-year-muet-writing-8004-question-2.html

PAST YEAR MUET WRITING (800/4 -Question 1)

PAST YEAR MUET WRITING QUESTIONS
QUESTION 1

MARCH 2014
Analyse and link information on the number of youths visiting the dentist and the reasons for visiting the dentists.

NOVEMBER 2013
Analyse and link information on pet ownership and the reasons for keeping pets.
JULY 2013
Compare and contrast the dominant pastimes of youths in 2004 and 2009
MARCH 2013
Analyse and synthesise the life expectancy and cause of deaths among men and women in the different regions.
NOVEMBER 2012
Analyse qualities of facilities available in three colleges and link information to fees, scholarships and number of registered students.
JULY 2012
Analyse primary and secondary school enrolment in the three regions and link this with income level.
MARCH 2012
Compare and comment on the responsibilities of male and female married professionals and link the information with the newspaper headlines.
YEAR END 2011
Analyse the findings of a survey conducted on consumers’ choice of venues for grocery shopping and link to characteristics of shopping venues.
MID 2011
Analyse and synthesise profile of professionals to their rankings of main goals for the year ahead according to age group.
YEAR END 2010
Analyse and synthesise the number of air travellers by airlines and air travellers’ rating of satisfaction.
MID 2010
Analyse and link information on the frequency of visits to three music websites by teenagers and their promotional activities.                                                                    
YEAR END 2009
Analyse and synthesise rankings of employers’ expectations and applicants’ perceptions of qualities required at the workplace.
MID 2009 
Analyse and link information about Southern Book Stores’s annual sales and sales of reading materials
YEAR END 2008
Compare and comment on the changes in the modes of transport in three years
Credits to : http://gourirabindra.blogspot.com/2014/03/past-year-muet-writing-8004-question-1.html