MUET: Last minute preparations
You’ve done all your revision and you’re about 99% ready to go. Here are some last minute preparations you can make before the big day.
1. Be well prepared
It is no shame to memorise introductions for various types of essays or issues. While this is not the smartest way to learn, it’s one of the easiest and fool-proof methods for students. For instance, read a lot of essays. Pick out a few current social issue topics like vandalism, GST and tourism. Based on all the essays you’ve read, now write two types of introductions that talk about civic consciousness (for vandalism), and Malaysia’s economy (for GST and tourism). That way, your first introduction that deals generally on civic mindedness will be useful for all sorts of topics such as vandalism, going green and open burning, while the Malaysian economy introduction will be good for all things current that are related to the country’s economic health. Memorising and having a well-prepared introduction will save you time.
2. Familiarise yourself with usable words and phrases
For your writing, instead of mulling over what words to use, it’s essential that you already know a lot of them beforehand. Here are some words that you can use, especially when writing on graphs: remain steady, fluctuate, increase slightly, decrease dramatically, decrease, slightly, increase rapidly, rise dramatically, plunge, drop suddenly, stay the same, go up a little, go down slightly.
3. Know what these mean
Your questions will require you to carry out tasks and for you to do that well, you need to understand what’s asked of you. Make sure you understand these phrases in order to answer the questions: recount an event, describe, discuss, argue, contrast, compare, explain or even analyze. Remember to use transition signals like furthermore, finally, whereas, on the other hand and the like.
Whatever you do, whether it’s writing or speaking, always State, Explain and Illustrate. State means giving a point. When you’ve done that, explain by expanding and elaborating on what you’ve said. Finally, illustrate by providing relevant and interesting examples to support the point made. Remember SEI.
5. Wear the right outfit
Make sure you look formal for the speaking paper. When you’re dressed smart, you’ll appear and feel more confident. Smart means no t-shirts, shorts, singlets or slippers. Pick and iron out your clothes the night before. Doing it the next day will be too rushed and you don’t need all the hassle while you’re trying to remain calm.
6. Mental practice
Instead of getting into mindless chatter and gossips, mentally prepare yourself for the test. Refresh in your mind some opening speeches, quotes, useful interjections and sentences that might be helpful during your speaking paper. These sentences help you buy time while you’re trying to think of ideas.
7. Important notes
When you’ve been revising, make sure you take down notes. Highlight important points and collate them. These are notes that you’ll carry with you on your way to the test centre so that you can read up some last minute tips.
8. Wear a good wrist watch
It’s advisable to wear a watch that has a timer. Setting your time will ensure that you don’t exceed the time allocated for different sections of the papers. Many students fail because they end up poring over a difficult question way too long and not answering other questions as they run out of time.
9. Be early
It’s best to arrive at the venue about 30 minutes early.
10. Turn to your parents for support
If it’s anyone who can motivate you, it’s your parents. Ask them for some advice and luck. Give them a hug before your test. It does wonders.
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