Tuesday, 22 October 2013

MUET speaking guidelines and tips

Assalamualaikum :)

I know that many of you will need this. Especially candidates from universities; mainly due to the fact that the lecturers tend to forget to give us the guidelines and tips for speaking test. Some students dont even study MUET in class.
But still they have to take the test, same goes to me. Don't cry. I know how it feels.

So this is the guidelines.
Thanks to my Mom's friend for handing this to me. Credits : Teacher Aznita. (SMKSIS)

What happens during a MUET speaking test

  • Enter the exam hall. *For Muslims, recite some prayers :)
  • Check your IC with the examiner by presenting your IC and your examination slip
  • Sit down as instructed y the examiner. (Accordingly. Candidate A,B,C and D)
  • Read the question ONLY when you are allowed to do so. DO NOT write anything on the question paper.
  • You can ask the examiner if you do not understand your task, after the one minute reading time. PLEASE ASK, even you understand because you can get some tips and vocabulary to use for your presentation when the examiner trying to explain to you.
  • You are given 2 minutes to prepare for your individual presentation (Task A). DO NOT discuss with other candidates.
  • Individual presentation (Task A) starts (2 minutes each) with Cand A, folowed by Cand B, C then D.
  • After Cand D done, you are given 2 minutes to prepare for your group discussion (Task B). DO NOT discuss with other candidates.
  • Group discussion (Task B) starts. Anyone can start the discussion. You are given 10 minutes to discuss
  • Leave the examination room quietly. DO NOT take anything out of the room except your IC and examination slip.


1st minute - just read the question and make a mental note of the words you would like to ask. DO NOT SCRIBBLE ON THE QUESTION PAPER ! (you should ask 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) (Excuse me but what is the meaning of... DO NOT SAY: what means of...*which is a very horrendous grammar)

2nd minute - examiner ask all candidates one by one if they understand the question or not. (make sure you ask, okay)

2 minutes to write your note on the blank A4 paper given (tip : divide the paper into 4 sections. Label with A, B, C, D , then write only on your section.*If you are Cand A, write on A 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. Make sure you speak for the full 2 minute, 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 fellow candidateS, etc.)
  2. Repeat situation (Today we are talking about..)
  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 taht...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 nut shell...)

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

10 minutes to discuss. While in the quarantine room , before you enter the exam room, pre-decide who will do the introduction, and someone to do the conclusion (this person MUST PAY ATTENTION TO THE GIVEN TIME, do not conclude before the time or lets the discussion goes exceeded the time)


Well, for the useful language during speaking test, you can Google it. Don't be lazy people. Open a new tab and Google for it.

Here's an example for the answer

Situation : Your brother has been given the opportunity to study in England on a government scholarship. You and your family are very proud of him. Decide on a special gift for him to prepare for his trip abroad.
Cand A : Suggest that they give him cash. Say why.

Good morning to the examiner and my fellow candidates. I'm very happy that my brother has just received a scholarship to study in England. My relatives and I would like to give him a special gift. We all think that the best gift is money because it will be very useful for him.

     The first reason is with cash he can buy things that he needs when he gets there. There will be a lot of things that he will need like new books, stationary, clothes and food. He will also need to pay for transportation like taking the bus or train to go to the university campus. As we know, it is very expensive in England so any money we give him will be very useful.

      Secondly, my brother can use the money to buy a mobile phone when he gets to England. I think this is very important in case of emergencies so we can contact him easily. Furthermore, he can sms us and keep us updated with his progress in his studies there. Hence, if we really miss him, we can just give him a call.

      Last but not least, I think giving him money is the best choice because it is light and doesn't take up a lot of space. If we were to give him a computer, books or winter clothes it will be very heavy and bulky for him to bring to England. Therefore, I think that it is much easier to bring money and buy those things when he gets there.

     In conclusion, there are some of the reasons why I think giving him some cash is the best choice. To me, it is the most useful gift we can give him. Thank you.


Here's some videos of a MUET test. The whole session was then divided into 7 parts of videos.








Good luck guys :)

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