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As the MUET Reading paper is the one which carries the highest weightage of 40%, we have approached

a MUET expert, Madam Audrey Wiles, to share with you her invaluable tips for your MUET Reading
paper 800/3.

1. Read (There is a reason why its called a MUET Reading paper)
- Read everything but with a notepad in hand
- Copy down words which you dont understand AND more important, phrases that you would like to
use in your MUET written essay.

2. Read quality materials
- Read articles that are published by reliable sources such as: Readers Digest, TIME Magazineetc.
- 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)

3. 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 dont just skim through the text but scan for specific information

4. 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
- This is also a useful practice for report writing as it deals with the same language functions

- 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 underlineany evidence at all. Hence,
these are the fundamental differences between the answer selections True/False/Not Stated

6. Train your brain
- Guessing the meaning of a vocabulary can be quite tricky especially when you dont 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 worddegradation 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

7. Assess the writers intentions
- The MUET level comprehension questions do not focus on content alone
- Instead, the questions given require candidates to assess the writers:
(A) Purpose
- Example: to inform, discuss, argue, compare, persuadeetc.
(B) Style of writing
- Example: describing, comparing and contrasting, giving examples, explaining causes and effects,
sequencing eventsetc.
(C) Tone
- Example: supportive, opposing, indifferent, neutral, biasedetc.

8. Assess the articles as a whole
- Sometimes you may be asked to give a suitable title to an article
- Or to summarize a specific paragraph
- Or to come up with a suitable conclusion based on the options given. This clearly requires critical
thinking skills or HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) from you

9. Keep practicing!
- Essentially, nothing beats practice and more practice
- Buy good quality reference books such as Longman or Oxford model tests/actual exam workbooks
and try doing each reading paper 3 times
- First attempt: do it as if youre sitting for the real exam. Do not refer to any workbooks or
- Second attempt: allow yourself to refer to books, and discuss with your friends if you need to (and
if you are doing it as a group) before marking both attempts
- Note: Your 2
attempt should score better than your first.
- Third attempt: Try doing the same set of exam paper again after 2-3 months to see if you are able
to retain the knowledge of vocabulary and concepts which you have learned before.

10. Grade yourself
- Heres a useful guide for you to follow when you attempt the exam questions so that you can know
where you stand
- You will need to score:
(A) 21/45 Band 3
(B) 27/45 Band 4
(C) 33/45 Band 5
(D) 39/45 Band 6
- Reading is the MOST important MUET paper as it carries 40% or 120/300 marks

Good luck with your upcoming MUET exam!
This is Madam Audrey Wiles, signing off.