Tuesday, September 9, 2014

MUET Results June 2014

That time has arrived again!

Congrats to my students who have obtained the bands they need for their university course / graduation.

Lots of Band 3s and 4s.

A big hooray for those who finally obtain band 3 to graduate from UTAR, MMU and Band 4 for IMU and UM.


Hope the results from these 2 young ladies will serve as encouragement that it can be done. They attended classes with me for their June 2014 MUET. They needed Band 4 and 3 respectively. Well, with hard work, they obtained the results they needed. Congrats girls!

Amirah was from UITM whilst Pui Man was from UTAR.

Azlan, similar to his classmates above, improved and obtained Band 3 which is the band the university requires.

These students were determined, as they obtained lower bands in their initial self study attempts, however, they persisted and tried the MUET again. This time succeeding in their efforts.


Saturday, July 19, 2014


Hi MUET Candidates, please email to me your
1. Name
2. Mobile Number
3. Target Band
4. University
I'll rely your email with details for the class and reserve a seat for you. Thanks.

Thursday, February 6, 2014



Try not to treat or think of MUET as a scary test. However, don't under estimate the preparation, time and effort required for this test either. If you have friends or classmates who have taken the test, ask them about it. You'll probably get many many different types of answers. "OMG! It's tough!" or "Actually, its not that hard." Their experiences may vary depending on the amount of preparation done as well as their background in English.

Well, MUET is a test. So, you have to put some effort and time into preparing for it. Many students ask me all the time. "How many hours do I have to study?" Then, I would ask in return. "What's your target band score? Band 6? 5? 4? 3?" If you know that you need Band 3 to pursue and continue your studies in Business Management, Marketing, Accounts etc, and you're not very confident about your English proficiency and ability, then, be prepared to work on it. If you know that you need Band 4 or 5 to pursue your education in Law, Pharmacy, Medicine etc, then, be prepared to work very hard.

The time and effort that you put into preparing for MUET also ensures that you won't struggle with English when you are pursuing your degree or Master's. Imagine the frustration of struggling with English words, vocabulary etc. It makes studying your course tedious and challenging. You should be trying to understand the concepts and ideas of your course rather than waste time on looking up almost every single word in your text book.

Ok, so once you're mentally prepared to work hard on getting your target band score for MUET. What should you do?

Tip #1
Check out the structure and format of the test.
Get your hands on model test papers or past year papers. You can obtain this easily from the bookstore or from your MUET tutor. How many papers/components do you have to take? How many questions? What type of questions? How much time do you have to complete the test?

Tip #2
Prepare a plan of action
When do you need to take the test? When do you need to submit your results to your university? You need to decide and draw up a timeline or schedule. If its July now and MUET is in October/November, ask yourself, how much time would you have to allocate to MUET preparation for the next 3 months or 12 weeks? 3 times a week, 2 hours a day? Self-study? Form a study group? Join a class? I would suggest all three.

Tip #3
Practice, practice, practice
Yes, its just that simple. However, easier said than done. You need to manage you time and motivation level. How badly do you want this? Think about the consequences. If you don't get the band you need, what happens? You really want to pursue tertiary education or in some cases, graduate from university. Then, practice, practice, practice. After attending sessions with your MUET tutor and study group, do the following.

Practice Speaking. Get MUET speaking questions and simulate the test. Speak to yourself. Pretend you are in the test. Visualise the test scenario. This is the best way to prevent going blank, panic in the REAL speaking test session.

Practice Reading. Its important to attempt model questions. You need to practice skimming and scanning for answers. You need to know that you can finish the 45 questions in 90 minutes.

Practice Listening. When attempting the listening test, DON'T listen to every single word of the recording. You need to learn the techniques of listening for meaning and gist. That takes practice. If you are struggling to spell words, don't despair, just practice even more.

Practice Writing. Yes, the questions that have appeared in past year papers will not come out again. And how likely are you able to predict the questions for writing. So, what should you do? You need to practice expressing your thoughts, views, opinion, ideas in writing on paper, in the most coherent manner and with suitable vocabulary. This, takes practice.

Tip #4
Read, read, read
What should you read? Be smart about it. What kind of topics are you likely to get in your test. Read articles that are relevant to those. Do you know about Plastic surgery? Social problems? Crime rates? Crime prevention? ICT updates? Work related stress? Not much? Then read about them. Read online magazines, newspapers, good quality blogs, articles from english language websites. Save them, email to your friends, share and exchange articles.

Tip #5
Vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary
Get a good academic workbook and work on it. Academic vocabulary which is required for MUET is different from normal everyday English. I've uploaded a vocabulary workbook on my blog. Download the pdf file, get it printed and complete it.

All the best in your MUET preparation.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The countdown to MUET begins!!!!

10 more days till MUET on 20th July.

To all the MUET candidates in my class from April to July 2013, all the best.

Please use this last 10 days wisely, follow the instructions which I have shared with you in the last class.

1. complete your academic vocabulary workbook.
2. practice writing; analyse the question as we do in class and write it according to the structure you've learned with the linking/trigger phrases.
3. practice the past year reading papers and listening papers.
4. allocate 2 hours a day x 10 days = 20 hours for your muet practice

Its do-able and worthwhile, to do well for your muet and achieving the band you need : )


Ms Tang

October / November 2013 MUET Candidates - Registration for MUET Intensive Course

MUET Course September 2013 Intake
November MUET Candidates - Registration for Intensive Course

Received quite a few calls and text messages with regards to intensive course for November candidates.

The course will start in September and run till November 2013. Just in time for the test end October and November 2013.

For those interested, please email the following details to me at joline.tang@hotmail.com
I'll email you guys update on location (map) and details on class in July.

Subject: Pre-registration for MUET November Intensive Course


Mobile Number:

Target Band:



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Online MUET course

Hi all,

Lately, actually over the past 2 years, I have had numerous request for an online muet course.

This students are unable to attend the classes because they are living outside of KL.

I have always been a big believer of face to face classroom teaching hence I have never entertained the thought of an online course.

However, I suppose one must change with the times, especially if it would be useful for others.

I am working on an online course now. Will launch it in August 2013. It will be be series of videos, PowerPoint and email communication is the main means of communication.

Since it will be a first time - for me. Will keep the intake of this online course small -  10 students, so that quality is maintained.

In order for this course to be successful, interested students must have the following.

1. Computer, laptop or tablet devices with speakers: to watch videos and write assignments.
2. Access to the Internet: to download videos, email assignments.
3. Time: must be able to allocate time, to complete assignments on time.
4. Motivation: must be motivated to obtain target band for muet, target band would of course depend on the requirement of your university.
5. Located outside of KL: ideally, this course is for students outside of KL because its difficult for them to travel to KL for face to face classes.

If you think this online course is something you want to consider, then email me, joline.tang@hotmail.com.
In your email, tell me about your muet experience and what you want to achieve for muet in November.

I will update the blog with more information later ie number of lessons and course fee.

The face to face class will still be the main muet classes which I will be conducting, this online course is something I am testing and trying out.


Joline Tang

MUET CANDIDATES who live outside of KL

Hi all,

Received a few emails from students in Penang, Perak, Pahang and Terengganu. They are taking the MUET in November.

Would you guys prefer the intensive course to be over 10 weekends ie 10 Saturdays, or option two, over one week, ie Monday to Friday, or Tuesday to Saturday? 3 hours per day.

For option 2, you guys would have to arrange accommodation in kl.

If there are enough students ie about 20 students who are interested, I will arrange a class just for out station students.

You can email me at joline.tang@hotmail.com