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).


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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.

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