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Read quality materials

 Read articles that are published by reliable sources such as: Reader’s Digest, TIME
 Articles used in the exams are usually from these types of source
 Keep yourself updated on current issues by reading newspapers (Example: The
STAR, New Straits Times, The Edge)

2. Use your time wisely!

 You only have 1.5 hours to answer 45 exam questions
 If you do the math, that would mean that you only have 2 minutes per question
 ALWAYS read the question first, and underline the keywords
 Make sure you don’t just skim through the text but scan for specific information

3. Know your vocabulary

 There will be 6 texts altogether in the exam paper, and the first one always has a non-
linear stimuli (Example: graph, chart or diagram)
 You will need the relevant vocabulary knowledge to describe the trend(s) shown in
the given diagram(s)
 This is also a useful practice for report writing as it deals with the same language


 For some questions, you will be asked to ‘infer’ or make intelligent assumptions based
on the given evidences in the texts
 For ‘True/False/Not Stated’ questions, NEVER use your own opinions to answer
because what is logical to you may not be academically correct
 My tip to you is that you should underline the evidence(s) in the texts
 For ‘True’, you must be able to identify proof that shows that the statement is correct
 You should also underline evidences that prove a statement to be wrong in order to
choose ‘False’ as your answer
 For ‘Not Stated’, you will find that it is almost impossible to underline any evidence at
all. Hence, these are the fundamental differences between the answer selections

5. Train your brain

 Guessing the meaning of a vocabulary can be quite tricky especially when you don’t
have the access to a dictionary or the internet ( during your exam. Hence,
you need to train your brain to assess the root word
 Focus on the prefix/suffix in order to identify the meaning
 If you think the word is a positive, negative or neutral one – reconfirm again by looking
at the context of the texts for clues to support your assumption
 Review the answers and options given by eliminating the answer that is most unlikely
to be correct before making a calculated guess
 For example, in the phrase: “the degradation of water quality”, the
word ‘degradation’ comes from the root word ‘grade’ which means level or standard.
The ‘de’ suffix has a negative connotation where it means the removal of something,
while ‘tion’ is a noun that explains the process of something
 Thus, the phrase means “the drop of standard /quality of water”

6. Assess the writer’s intentions

The MUET level comprehension questions do not focus on content alone
Instead, the questions given require candidates to assess the writer’s:

 (A) Purpose
Example: to inform, discuss, argue, compare, persuade…etc.

 (B) Style of writing

Example: describing, comparing and contrasting, giving examples, explaining causes
and effects, sequencing events…etc.

 (C) Tone
Example: supportive, opposing, indifferent, neutral, biased…etc.