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The MUET Speaking is a component tested alongside Writing, Reading and Listening. It tests candidates’ fluency as well as their level of command in English.
To understand more about MUET components, you can read it here.
What’s unique about MUET Speaking as compared to other papers is every candidate gets to interact with other three fellow candidates during the exam. This paper usually takes place days or weeks earlier than the other three components, except in the case of MUET on Demand (MOD).
To know more about MUET on Demand (MOD) or you never headed of it, read it here.
There are 2 parts in MUET Speaking:
- Task A (Individual Presentation)
- Task B (Group Discussion).
Time: 25 minutes
Maximum score: 90 marks
Total weightage: 25%
Task A (Individual Presentation)
Candidates are given 2 minutes to prepare for the task and 2 minutes to present. Since it’s a one-way presentation, other candidates will listen and take down notes to be used in the group discussion.
Task B (Group Discussion)
In this task, candidates are required to interact among each other. They are given 3 minutes to prepare points to support or oppose the other candidates’ views. The group will be given 8 – 12 minutes for the discussion.
So, what does it take to score in MUET Speaking?
Here are 7 Tips to Score in MUET Speaking :
1. Expand Your Thematic Vocabulary
Thematic vocabulary refers to words relevant to a particular theme. For instance, if we pick ‘environment’ as a theme, the words you need to know are like pollution, greenhouse effect, gas emission and deterioration. Not only that you need to know the words and their meaning, you must also be able to use them in sentences correctly.
Simply put – without vocabulary, you have nothing to say.
2. Have Clarity!
Correct pronunciation is important. Get to know how to pronounce English words with precision because wrong pronunciation can cause misunderstanding. You don’t have to sound like the Queen of England or like a true American, it suffices that you pronounce them right.
Besides pronunciation, enunciation or clarity matters as much. Each word that comes out of your mouth must be clear and easily recognisable. Open your mouth and do not mumble. You may want to practise to read aloud, record and listen to yourself. It’s not only difficult for the examiner to evaluate you if you sound mumbling, other candidates will also find it hard to interact with you.
Don’t forget about your voice projection. Speak loudly so that the examiners can hear you clearly. You don’t want them to ask you to repeat what you’ve said.
Your intonation helps you convey the message. Whether you’re trying to convince your listeners, or show sympathy or emphasise on a certain point, there has got to be a fluctuation in your tone. You don’t want to sound monotonous and it will bore the examiners. MUET Speaking is the only component you get to impress the examiners there and then. Hence, be impressive with your intonation!
3. Use Relevant Points
Even if you have the best command of English language in the world, you won’t be able to score in Speaking if you are not well versed with the topic assigned to you. You don’t want to be talking nonsense or worse, have you mouth zipped during the Speaking test because you have no idea what to talk about.
So, read up! Expand your general knowledge and keep up with the current issues! Cover a wide range of areas including issues on the environment, education, social, consumerism, economy and health; to name a few.
4. Deliver Message Clearly
It’s not only the words that need to be delivered with clarity, the message you’re conveying must be clear too. The listeners, namely the examiners and other candidates want to be able to understand what you’re saying the first time.
Among the tips to deliver your message coherently is by using Connectors. They literally connect one idea to another and would help you structure your points well.
5. Your Face and Body Matter Too!
Your facial expressions, hand gestures and body language play an important role too. Some candidates tend to be stiff in exam due to nervousness. So it’s important that you stay calm and speak naturally during the test.
Your facial expressions and body language should tally with your intonation and the points you’re delivering. Imagine talking about the degradation of the environment which causes the death of the wildlife smiling… you’re sending a wrong signal to the crowd.
6. Attend MUET Course
If you think you’re someone who needs guidance and tutorship to help you excel in MUET Speaking, look no further! Primaly offers MUET Crash Course 3 times a year or depending on the number of times MUET is offered by MPM.
Check out MUET 2022 timetable here.
Not everyone is self-taught. In our MUET Crash Course, you will be guided on how to brainstorm for ideas, use relevant vocabulary, be articulate and speak with clarity. Our teachers will also provide guidance, notes and phrases you can use in Speaking. You also get your hands on the actual setting of MUET Speaking so you’ll be prepared for the test.
Find out more about MUET Crash Course.
7. Practise! Practise! Practise!
Do you think the news anchors and TV hosts you see on screen are born with natural talent to speak with flair? Before they are able to charm you with their articulation, they’ve had months of practice. This is what we call mastering the skills.
So, in order for you to score in MUET Speaking, after you have completed all the tips above, all you need to do is to practise daily. Find someone at home whom you can talk to.
All thanks to technological advancement, you also get to speak and practise with others online via Zoom calls, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet. There’s no excuse for you to not excel in MUET Speaking anymore!
Wishing you the very best in preparing for MUET!
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