Sunday, November 9, 2014

writing question 1 and 2 - Nov 2014

Hooray the writing paper this time is extremely doable.
Will post my answer up once I'm done marking my stack of test papers this 2 days.
Thanks for emailing the papers to me yee von.

Monday, November 3, 2014

MUET MADE EASY For FEB/MARCH 2015 Candidates - Start Date - 20th December 2014

Hi All,
For those who are interested to join the course, please email  ( me the following details to reserve your seat.
Email Subject: MUET FEB/MARCH 2015 - Registration for December 2014 Course
Mobile Number:
Target band:
University/ Course:

Friday, October 31, 2014


Hi all. Received emails from Feb March 2015 candidates about classes. I'll put up the start date and details by next week. Please email me to register, email to me your full name, mobile number, target band and  university course.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

All the best MUET candidates!

Hooray, completed a series of MUET classes today.

Interesting combination of students in this batch; a homicide detective, a radiologist, 2 teachers, flight engineer and of course university students. 

The past 10 weeks was a blast. All the best in your MUET. 

2 more batches of students for October November 2014.....

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Task 2 Writing - 350 word essay

It's been a while since I last posted new material. I've been receiving watsapp messages on how to tackle this component.

Please read the 2 main notes for this post on writing.

Below is a sample question:
Some people think that parents should teach children how to be good members of society. Others, however, believe that school is the place to learn this. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Write at least 350 words.

Note 1. When you read the question, what do you look out for? I often hear students tell me the "key words". What are the key words. Well, they are basically 2 main pieces of information; the subject of the question and the task of the question.

In the question above, the topic is "who is responsible for the teaching of kids? teachers or parents" and the specific task is to write about both views.

Note 2. Here's a sample of the body paragraph. It should be written in the PEE form. (I've written on this before, please refer to these and )

  Many people think that parents play the most essential role when it involves bringing up their children to be contributing members of society. They think that the parent has the closest relationship with their child or children, therefore it makes them the most qualified in moulding their children’s character and demeanour.  For instance, it is natural for parents to have a bond with their children and they instinctively desire the best for them. This, creates a desirable scenario as the parent would allocate sufficient time, effort and cost which would ensure that their children receive the necessary knowledge and education which would provide them the foundations and makings of a contributing member of society.

THE MUET - What should you do?

Over the past 2 weeks, I've been receiving watsapp messages and emails on the MUET. From really general questions, like "How do I score for MUET?", "Any tips on MUET writing?" and "How to prepare for MUE"T?"

For those who need a general answer on how to start your preparation, please read this 10 weeks before the MUET. Read this >> Why 10 weeks? MUET is a language paper. For those who need to improve from Band 2 to 3, Band 3 to 4, be fair to yourself and your teacher, it takes time.

For those who need specific help on writing, reading, speaking, listening, please use the search box to find the info you need.

For those of you who are reading and searching for information 2 or 3 weeks before the MUET, my advise is to buy past year papers or model test papers and complete them.

For those of you who are looking for information the day before MUET without any prior study or preparation, I would like to say just do your best. If you obtain the band you need, good for you, if you don't get the band you need then try again. All the best to all!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Important! New MUET requirement.

Hi all, news on MUET and requirement for a place in university.

Students must now obtain MUET Band 3 for a place to study Arts and Social courses, MUET Band 4 for a place in any STEM courses, and MUET Band 5 for Law and Medicine courses.

However, do check with the university which you are keen on entering, as they may set higher requirements than the education ministry's ruling.

Below is an extract from a news article from the New Straits Time paper.

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.