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Malaysian University English Test (MUET) Speaking tips

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Overall flow of MUET

You’ll be placed into groups of 4 according to your candidate number. 2 sessions will be conducted beginning with Individual Presentation and followed with Group Discussion. One main topic will be given, each candidate will then receive one suggestion to elaborate on. Every student will be given a blank piece of A4 paper to write some notes (write as much as you can) All candidates will be given 2 minutes to prepare their points and each will be given 2 minutes to present their views individually. The presentation order is according to the alphabetical order of candidates (A to B, C, D). Once the Individual Presentation session is done, the second session begins. 2 minutes will be given for preparation. Then, 10 minutes will be given for all candidates to discuss and decide as to which of the four suggestions is the best.

Examples of question situation

(# All candidates will be given that situation. But the difference is the point given to elaborate)

Example 1 :-
You live in the capital city of Malaysia and your friend is getting married in Bangkok. A group of you would like to attend the wedding. Decide the best way to get there.

Point to elaborate :-

Candidates A :- you suggest going by flight

Candidates B :- you suggest going by car

Candidates C :- you suggest going by train

Candidates D :- you suggest going by bus

Example 2 :-
‘There are many ways of obtaining information today’. Decide as to which of the four suggestions is the best.

Point to elaborate :-

Candidates A :- you suggest ‘the Internet’

Candidates B :- you suggest ‘the mobile phone’

Candidates C :- you suggest ‘newspapers’

Candidates D :- you suggest ‘radio and television’

🛎️ Task A 🛎️

Candidates will be given 2 minutes to explain the question given. In the 2nd minutes, the examiner will ring the bell for you to stop.

✅ 5 important element in your explanation :-

☑️ Greetings

☑️ Repeat situation from the question

☑️ State the point given to you

☑️ 3 point with relevant explanation and examples

☑️ Conclusion

1) Examples of greetings :-

  • Good morning to everyone
  • Good morning I bid to one and all
  • Good morning to the examiners and all candidates
  • A very good morning I wish to all examiners and fellow candidates

2) How to repeat situation :-

  • Today we are talking about…..
  • The situation I have been given is……
  • According to the situation….
  • Based on the situation given…

3) How to state the point given :-

  • I would like to give 3 reasons for my point which is…
  • There are 3 reasons to support my point which is….
  • My point is………………. So to elaborate, I would like to discuss 3 reasons.
  • I think that…………is the best idea.

4) 3 points (explanation & examples) :-
(Can try to relate it to real life experience)

  • Firstly, I think that….. this is because….. moreover…. For examples…..
  • Secondly, another reason is…. In addition…. For instance….
  • Finally, in my opinion…. Furthermore…….. a good example is…..
    # try to use more linkers like above (frankly speaking; I believe all of you understand that), English idioms (butterfly in stomach; barking up the wrong tree)
    click for idioms

5) Conclusion :-

  • In conclusion, this is the best point because….
  • To conclude, I still agree that….
  • In a nutshell, I feel that…..
  • In short, my idea is the best because…..

🙊 Remember :-

  • Always take note of your friend’s idea when they are presenting so you can use it in TASK B to argue with them or agree with them. DON’T REST !!!
  • Remember to bring your watch to take note of the time when presenting
  • Always have eye contact with candidates and the examiner during presenting in task A and task B to show your confidence.
  • Matured answer is always a bonus in presentation, try to know more related news or quotes to apply it in your presentation to roast other candidates (especially in task B)

👌 Its ok if :-

🗣You don’t speak on 3 points

  • No penalty as long as you develop even one point well with good elaboration and examples. 
  • The points we stress on are just for practice.

🗣You don’t have a conclusion.

  • No penalty but if you manage to do a conclusion, you will logically score higher because your presentation is more structured.
  • All you have to do is talk non stop for two minutes

🛎️ Task B 🛎️ (group discussion)

After Candidate D finished his/her 2 minutes point of view, all candidates will be given 2 minutes to prepare and summarize your points for Task B. At the 2nd minute, the examiner will ring the bell. Anyone can start the introduction no matter which candidate you are, (# hence it is important to determine the person who makes introduction and conclusion before going to exam) and the 10 minutes discussion will start. The discussion should include an introduction and conclusion, so don’t forget to leave the last 30 seconds of the 10 minutes for the conclusion.

😱 Before you enter the exam hall :-

  • Determine who to be the first to make the introduction/ open the discussion (better for those who are weak in English)
  • Determine who to be the one who make the conclusion and closing part (Mostly will be the people who open discussion)
  • [Optional] Determine who will switch stand and agree with others’ opinion in the task B discussion. It is important knowing who will be on your side to make it a 3 versus 1 or 4 versus 0 vote for a better conclusion remark and avoid confusion. However it is still okay if the result is 2 versus 2 which there is no final decision between option A and option B as both have equal votes.

✔️ How to agree the other candidates explanation :-

  • I agree with you. (don’t use I’m agree)
  • That’s a great idea!
  • I see your point!
  • That’s an interesting perspective
  • I like your suggestion
  • I concur with your point of view

❌ How to disagree the other candidates explanation :-

  • I’m sorry but I’m not disagree (don’t use I’m not agree)
  • I’m afraid I have to disagree with your idea
  • I don’t see eye to eye with you
  • That’s not a good idea/suggestion
  • I beg to differ

❕ Interrupting (to interrupt others point when talking) :-

  • Excuse me, may I interrupt please.
  • I’d like to add something please
  • May I say something?
  • Could you please hear me out
  • Pardon me but could I add something please.
    # Speak to ask for permission to interrupt first, then wait until the person finished his point and only start your argument when they allow

❔ Questioning (to help the friends who are quiet to speak) :-

  • So what do you think, candidates x?
  • How about your point of view
  • Don’t you agree (that mobile phone is most abundant gadget everywhere), candidate x?
    # Helping friends who are weak in English can boost your oral mark also as it is included as speaking. Most people get higher mark in the group because of helping.

We hope that these MUET tips is useful for you. Good luck and all the best in your MUET test!

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