Muet Listening Marking Scheme For Essay

Malaysian University English Test (MUET) is a test of English language proficiency, largely for university admissions. The test is administered by the MPM which stands for Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia (Malaysian Examinations Council) which also runs the STPM - Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia examinations.

Most candidates who sit for MUET do so as they aspire for admissions into public universities and colleges. All prospective candidates have to register online, through the MPM Website with a registration fee of RM60.00 and the fees will be increased to RM100.00 in 2012.  The MPM will administer the MUET three times a year, beginning in 2012.

Government servants currently in service also have to take the MUET for purposes such as promotions.  This will ensure that their command of English will adhere to a certain credible standard.

Components, Scoring and Grading

There are four components in MUET:

Listening  (800/1)-(45 marks),

Speaking   (800/2)-(45 marks) ;

Reading     (800/3)-(120 marks);

Writing      (800/4)-(90 marks).

The maximum score for Listening and Speaking respectively is 45, 120 for Reading Comprehension and 90 for Writing. The aggregated score for the four papers is 300. The scores are then graded into 6 bands, with Band 6 the highest and Band 1 the lowest.

Band 6- Very 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.

Band 5- Good 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 4- Competent 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 3- Modest 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 2- Limited 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 1- Extremely 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.

Locations and Test Dates

The Malaysia Examination Council test centres are largely in national secondary schools (Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan) that offers Form 6; Matriculation Colleges, certain universities, as well as certain private and semi-private colleges. The test is run three times annually, in February, July and November beginning next year (2012).  As of this year, twice - the MUET June and December papers.

Three MUET components - Listening, Reading Comprehension and Writing, are usually tested on the same day.  They are all carried out with the same papers nationwide. Prospective candidates should refer to the MPM timetable as to the dates that the tests are being scheduled.

The Speaking component is tested where the students are divided into groups of four, with different papers, that change for every session (two sessions from morning till noon) and for every examination day. The candidates are tested according to two tasks, A and B.  Task A is for individual presentation and Task B is for group discussion.  During the test the candidates are first being quarantined.  They will remain there until they are called into the test room.  This is a standard procedure to prevent them from communicating to people outside the Speaking test group.  This is to ensure the integrity of the MUET Speaking Paper.


MUET is a test of English language proficiency, largely for university admissions. The test is set and run by the Malaysian Examinations Council (which also runs the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia(STPM) examination) and largely recognized only in Malaysia and Singapore.

I'm going to share with you the tips and ideas for Question 1! Actually, I don't know whether it's true or not, because writing part is actually don't have marking scheme! I get tips from my MUET teacher, I found this very helpful, hence I share here^^Don't you think so?


Question 1

You are a sub-editor working at Mostly Mags, a firm that publishes magazines.You have been asked to write a short report on the sale of magazines from January to March. Your article should migrate all the information given below. You should write 150 to 200 words.

Mostly Mags Advertisement Specials

1 January: Subscribe to any magazine for a year and receive an exercising kit absolutely free.
2 February: 10 per cent discount for all magazines
3 March: Buy one free one (applies to all magazines except Homedecor)

Look at the graph shown above.

Writing skills:

1. Title
2. Introduction (First Paragraph)
3. Overview (Second Paragraph)
4. Analysis (4 A) (Third Paragraph) (Data!!)
5. Synthesis (4 S) (Fourth Paragraph) (Data+Link!!)
6. Conclusion (Last Paragraph)
7. 40 marks

Model Answer (By teacher):

The Sale of Magazines from January to March

    The graph shows the sale of four magazines and Mostly Mags advertisement specials from January to March.

    The Mostly Mags advertisement specials influences the number of Magazines sold from January to March.

    The highest number of magazines sold throughout three months is Supermuscles, that's 53000. The lowest number of magazines sold from January to March is Homedecor, only 30000.The most number of magazines sold in January is Supermuscles, followed by Household Pets. In February, the most number of magazines sold is Household Pets while the least number is Personal Grooming. In March, the magazines sold for Supermuscles and Household Pets are the same which was 18000.

     Increase of sale from January to February is influence by 10% discount except Supermuscles. The promotion of free exercising kit to one year subscriber influenced the total number of magazines sold in January to be higher than February, which was 56000 and 55000 respectively. In March, Homedecor shows the lowest number of magazines sold as the buy one free one exclude Homedecor.

    In conclusion, the number of magazines sold in these four magazines are dependent on the Mostly Mags advertisement specials.//Readers choice changes according to offers given.

I will post up model answer for Question 2 next time^^


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