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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Scoring Band 6

I found some postings and advice on "How to score Band 6".....:

The most important thing about scoring Band 6 is practice. As a saying goes, Practice makes Perfect. If you use the language in your everyday life, it shouldn't be any problem for you to score Band 6. However, you have to be very careful especially in your writing and speaking exams.

In writing, in my honest opinion, as long as you read newspapers or follow the current issues, you will be able to answer them perfectly, set aside the objectivity and technical writing. Do not compare the writing paper with your Form 5 SPM English essay, I'd say, it's very very different. It is in fact, more academically inclined and technical writing. Most students are not able to comprehend to this style of writing. Therefore, they lose marks in this criteria.

As for speaking, always make time for practice in your group. Show your cohesiveness in your group discussion as well as your task A. Ok, for Task A, when you are preparing for that, write out all your points and choose some, I'd say about 3 points for Task A. Leave others for Task B. When you have 3 minutes, use them wisely. Talk in a moderate speed, don't rush through your ideas. Arrange your points and elaboration nicely, put them in a nice flow of ideas. Same goes with Task B.

Posted by norman goh | Sunday, October 19, 2008 11:25:00 PM

Scoring Band 6 in MUET on your first try is not that hard. Here are some tips on how to do exactly that.

Listening test
This is one of the tests in MUET which you could possibly get a perfect score. You should get a perfect score here, it is important for you to get a Band 6 because you will lose points in other tests.

Listening does not really indicate your level of English, especially if the speaker is English! So if you do lose points here, don't worry. Just try not to lose too many points here, practise many times with your MUET teachers before the actual test, try to listen to as many tapes as you can get your hands on.

Speaking test
If you can speak English naturally, please do all you can to convince the examiners that you have a good command of English during you individual presentation. Otherwise, use short sentences, put forward your main ideas in simple grammatically correct sentences. Do not just harp on a single point, try a few points, the positive side and negative side of an issue, etc. to show that you are not a narrow-minded student.

In the group discussion, you would be able to get a good score if you could lead the discussion. Be warned though, do not overdo it. Give others the opportunities to speak too. You should be polite, try to keep the flow of the discussion and help out should any of the fellow students got stuck in mid-sentence or is stammering. Remember, lead the discussion, keep its flow ("What do you think about this issue?") but do not be extravagant! Like it or not, this test is subjective and you will most probably not get a perfect score here.

Reading test
There are not many tips to share in this test. There are some tricky questions with similar answers. (esp True, False, Not Stated) If you are lucky, you could get a perfect score here but usually the better students would be able to get near perfect scores, making a few mistakes here and there.

Writing test
Seriously, I have always told people that the writing test in MUET is even easier than SPM GCE 'O' Level. In this test, it is important to keep to the rules, follow the recommend length of essays and finish them in allocated time.

Even if you are a good English user, do not attempt to write beyond the recommended length. Concentrate instead on presenting your main ideas, this test papers are marked by Malaysian teachers, so don't bother having too many idioms, figurative meanings, etc.

For students who are not too comfortable with English, this may be one of the tests which you would tend to lose many points. To avoid that, keep your sentences short, check your grammars, try to compensate for your lack of flowery language with good ideas, mature arguments and logical explanations.

To be honest, it is not so easy to score a Band 6 in MUET after all. It is not the perfect test, but it is indicative of one's command of English, mainly because it includes listening and speaking tests


  1. hello. i sat my muet last 12th april. for speaking, i prepared 3 points and i'm not aware of the time is running, it end up that i only speak for 1 point. and i kind of sad. did they deducts my mark? i'm so disappointed. i really wanna get band 4 this time coz last time i could only get band 3. it really important as i couldnt continue my law. what do u think?

  2. take again, pay RM60, you can still sign up for the October 2011 paper. Always ask the examiner to face the stop watch towards you so that you know how long y ou have been talking. Otherwise, practise at home with your won stop watch.