Malaysian University English Test or commonly known as MUET is used as one of the minimum requirements for students to enrol into local tertiary education level. As for now, MUET Malaysia is only accepted in Malaysia, Singapore and some universities worldwide.

With the current format changes, there may be a positive chance that MUET will be accepted and recognized globally. The Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia MUET is established to evaluate four language skills, which are listening, speaking, reading and writing.

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MUET Malaysia Marking Scheme

To tackle high marks for each paper, you need to know the marking scheme for them. There is no official marking scheme released at the time this article is being written. But, do not worry. Let’s take a look at the general information that we have gathered about each of the papers.

 

PaperNumber of Questions Total MarkAssessment Weightage
Listening309025%
Speaking29025%
Reading409025%
Writing29025%
Total360100%

Currently, each of the MUET papers highest mark is 90 marks. They make up an aggregated score of 360.

Each of the papers has an equal weightage which is 25%. These equal changes provide a great opportunity for students who have different strengths and weaknesses in the four assessed skills.

The MUET result is graded in a nine-band with Band 5+ being the highest and 1.0 is the lowest. Below is the table showing the aggregated score and respective bands.

 

Aggregated ScoreBandCEFR LevelUser
331 – 360 5+C1+
Proficient
294 – 3305.0C1
258 –293 4.5B2
Independent
211 –257 4.0
164 – 2103.5B1
123 – 1633.0
82 – 1222.5A2
Basic
36 – 812.0
1 – 351.0

We break down the marks, assessment weighting and the number of questions for each paper below.

MUET Listening Paper 1 Marking Scheme

The listening paper consists of five parts. Each part consists of recording audio that you will be listening to.

You will be allowed to read the questions when the test begins. Then, you will be listening to the audio recording twice. You can answer the questions as you listen to the recorded audio. Be sure to mark your answers in the answering sheet.

The highest mark you can obtain for this paper is 90 marks. It carries a 25% assessment weighting of the overall MUET result.

 

SectionType of AudioQuestion TypeNumber of Questions
Part 11 dialogue between 2 peopleMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs - 3 options)7
Part 21 monologue consisting of a talk, lecture or a briefingMCQs - 3 options7
Part 33 monologues from three people Multiple matching - 5 options 3
Part 41 dialogueMCQs - 3 options7
Part 53 short dialogues between 2 peopleMCQs - 3 options6
Total9 audios30 questions

The latest MUET listening paper is solely assessing your listening skill because all the questions are in form of multiple-choice questions. You have a time limit of 50 minutes to complete all parts.

It is wise to have a MUET listening practice at least once a week before the examination day. It will help you prepare and get used to listening to English conversations.

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MUET Speaking Paper 2 Marking Scheme

In the MUET speaking test, there will be two parts - Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 is for the individual presentation and Part 2 is for group discussion.

There are not many changes in the MUET speaking questions except that in Task 2, you will be given points to help you with your group discussion. You will also have an extra minute of preparation time for Task 2.

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In the speaking test MUET, you will be placed in a group of three to four candidates. (Source: Unsplash)

The total mark for this paper is 90 marks. It contributes 25% of the whole MUET examination result.

 

SectionNumber of QuestionsPreparation and Presentation Time
Part 11 individual presentation2-minute preparation 
2-minute presentation
Part 21 group discussion3 minutes preparation
8-12 minutes discussion
Total 2 questionsApproximately 30 minutes

The current speaking test MUET format will focus on the language, discourse and delivery of your speech. The time allocated for the speaking test is 30 minutes.

You may want to read further on the new MUET 2021 format to get used to them.

MUET Reading Paper 3 Marking Scheme

The MUET reading paper relatively looks similar to the old format. There will be 7 parts in the paper which includes 10 texts and 40 questions.

The texts provided in the test booklet can be short texts of the same text type and thematically linked, amounting to a total of 100 to 150 words. Some of them can be independent texts based on the same theme, amounting to a total of 700 to 800 words.

 

SectionText Question TypeNumber of Questions
Part 1Three short texts of the same text type, thematically linked, amounting to a total of 100 to 150 wordsMultiple matching 
Three texts preceded by 4 multiple matching questions
4
Part 2 and 3Two texts each of 300 to 450 wordsMCQs - 3 options10
Part 4Two independent texts based on the same theme (not necessarily of the same text type) amounting to a total of 700 to 800 wordsTwo MCQs based on Text 1, two MCQs based on Text 2, and two MCQs comparing the two texts (3 options)6
Part 5One text of 500 to 600 wordsA gapped text with 6 missing sentences (7 options)6
Part 6 and 7Two texts of 700 to 900 words eachCQs - 4 options14
Total10 texts 40 questions

The total time for you to answer all MUET reading questions is 75 minutes. The highest mark that you can obtain is 90 marks. The marks you gain from this paper carries a 25% weighting assessment of the whole MUET marks.

Although the format for this paper has changed a bit, you can practice your reading comprehension using past year papers or other MUET assessment papers that you can find on the internet.

MUET Writing Paper 4 Marking Scheme

The MUET writing paper consists of two parts - Task 1 and Task 2. Each of the tasks contributes 30 and 60 marks respectively. The maximum mark you can get from this paper is 90 marks. It has an assessment weighting of 25% of all MUET marks.

The time allocated for this paper is 75 minutes. You are advised to spend 25 minutes on Task 1 and 50 minutes on Task 2.

 

SectionNumber of QuestionsMarks
Task 11 guided writing (A letter or an email)30
Task 21 extended writing  (discursive, argumentative, or problem-solution)60
Total 2 questions90 marks

In this paper, you will be evaluated on the task fulfilment, organization, structure and also lexis. There is no exact format to follow. As long as you answer the question accordingly and write your essay using appropriate writing requirements.

Usually, the hardest part to score is the writing paper. This is where a tutor could be helpful. Having a tutor will assist you to gain the best outcome in your coursework. He or she can offer you guidance, advice and feedback that you can use to improve your MUET essay writing.

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Tutoring is one of the best ways to improve your English language skill. (Source: Unsplash)

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Having a great tutor to help you out with your MUET examination is nothing if you do not prepare yourself enough. You should have a strong understanding of what is MUET all about to get you started. When you understand the MUET examination thoroughly, it is easy for you to tackle each paper.

Do take note that there will be different minimum MUET requirements for a different selection of courses and tertiary institutions. Whatever course and local university you are planning to pursue, try your best to score the highest band in the MUET test.

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