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The MUET writing test is to access candidates on their ability to:

1. Transfer information
2. Write with good grammar
3. Analyze graphic information. It may come in one of these five forms:
Line graph
Bar graph
Pie chart
Table
Diagram illustrating process
4. Voice their opinions through words/written form
5. Think critically

Below is an exercise for you to start practicing. The following question has been
taken from the MUET Tuition blog, where you can find more sample tests and
more relevant information.

Task 1 Report Writing (40 marks)


You are given 40 minutes to complete this task
Study and analyze the graphic information
Describe the information or the process in a report format
Write between 150 200 words

Sample question:

The chart shows how students on all courses at a Malaysian university viewed
different subjects on a scale of easy to difficult. You should write 150 to 200
words.

Sample answer:

How Students on All Courses at a Malaysian University View Different Subjects


According to Different Levels of Difficulty

The bar chart shows how students who are studying in a Malaysian university
rate different subjects according to its difficulty easy, moderately difficult or
difficult.

The subject which was most commonly rated as difficult was math, by 70% of the
total students. While only 20% of students saw it as easy. Physics was also largely
judged to be a difficult or moderately difficult subject. Only 25% of students
viewed it as easy. By contrast, chemistry was regarded as easy by a massive 70%
of students.
As far as language subjects are concerned, languages in general were seen as
easy by 40% of students. This percentage dropped to 20% for oriental languages.
African languages, however, were viewed as easy by 60% of students. Next, Art
was rated to be an easy subject by only 30% of students and like Physics, 50%
rated it as difficult.

In conclusion, there seems to be no clear correspondence between the type of


subject and whether it was generally rated as easy or difficult.
(168 words)

Tips for Task 1:

A title MUST be written


Title MUST be underlined
Write a minimum of 3 paragraphs (Introduction, body and conclusion). Students
can also write 2 paragraphs for body.)

Task 2 Extended Writing (60 marks)

Write an essay NOT LESS THAN 350 words based on the given topic
You are given 50 minutes to complete this task
Your essay may be written in these styles:
- Analytical
- Descriptive
- Persuasive
- Argumentative

Past Year Exam Questions:

Year End 2008


"People are becoming more materialistic. They are concerned with making more
money and what money can buy." What is your opinion on being materialistic? You
should write at least 350 words.

Mid 2009
Information and communications technology (ICT) is the cause of today's many
social ills. What is your opinion? Support your answers with examples. You should
write at least 350 words.

Year End 2009


People commit crime for selfish reasons. Discuss. You should write at least 350
words.

Mid 2010
The world today is turning more to electronic communications such as the e-mail,
Facebook and short Message System (SMS). What is your opinion of this growing
trend? Discuss. You should write at least 350 words.

Year End 2010


In an arranged marriage, the choice of a husband or wife is made by parents or
elders. What do you think of this practice in today's society? Discuss. You should
write at least 350 words.
Mid 2011
The most valuable thing in life is friendship. Do you agree? Discuss. You should
write at least 350 words.

Tips:

Dont write statements that are too general. Back up your statements with facts.
If youre aiming at scoring Band 5 or Band 6, you are expected to have a high
level of critical thinking.
Have at least 5 paragraphs

1. Introduction
- State the current situation
- State if you agree or disagree with the statement/topic, and why.

2. First point
- Key point
- Elaboration
- Examples

3. Second point
- Key point
- Elaboration
- Examples

4. Third point
- Key point
- Elaboration
- Examples

5. Conclusion
- State why you agree/disagree once more
- What can the government/individual/society do?

Use these tools to help with your critical thinking:

1. The short term, midterm, and long term effect


- Example: Smoking
- Short term = Bad breath/yellow teeth
- Midterm = Affordability/waste of money
- Long term = Health problems such as lung cancer

2. Individual, society, and government


- Example: Recycling
- Individual = Practice the 3Rs (Reduce, reuse, recycle)
- Society = Community collection/fund raising
- Government = Hold recycling campaigns