Mid Year 2010 Muet

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Mid-year 2010 MUET (800)
OVERALL PERFORMANCE
A total of 85 464 candidates took the Mid-Year 2010 MUET. The performance of candidates for each paper, 800/1 Listening, 800/2 Speaking, 800/3 Reading, 800/4 Writing and the subject, 800, according to bands is as follows: 800/1 Band 6 5 4 3 2 1 % 0.18 1.75 6.09 8.98 25.54 57.46 Cumulative Percentage 0.18 1.94 8.02 17.00 42.54 100.00 % 0.23 1.62 9.83 29.40 35.27 23.64 800/2 Cumulative Percentage 0.23 1.86 11.69 41.09 76.36 100.00 % 0.19 3.73 15.66 34.97 36.52 8.93 800/3 Cumulative Percentage 0.19 3.92 19.58 54.55 91.07 100.00 % 0.04 0.98 5.29 21.97 45.73 25.99 800/4 Cumulative Percentage 0.04 1.03 6.31 28.28 74.01 100.00 % 0.00 0.74 6.62 26.52 45.02 21.10 800 Cumulative Percentage 0.00 0.74 7.36 33.88 78.90 100.00

CANDIDATES’ RESPONSES
PAPER 800/1 (LISTENING)

General Comments Part I The task demands the ability to comprehend and reconstruct required information from a given oral text. The text is an interview between a dance instructor and a newspaper reporter on ballroom dancing. The items require candidates to answer within the word limit and to display their ability to transfer information from a linear to a non-linear text. Part II The task demands the ability to comprehend part of a speech and an interview on one of Malaysia’s leading architect - Dato’ Hijjas Kasturi. The items were of the multiple-choice type. Part III The items are based on a mixture of different texts: a talk on microscopic creatures, side stitch and exercising, and safety in Japan. The items require candidates to answer within the word limit.

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Specific Comments Part I Answers ranged from some correct answers to incorrect attempts. The inaccurate attempts were due to writing more than the three words required, spelling errors leading to a change in meaning, partially correct information, missing required information, wrong information and no attempt. Following are some examples: Question 1 • one word answer which is insufficient – muscles (for ‘muscles and bones’); • ignoring the plural form – muscle and bone; • incorrect information – muscles and leg. Question 2 • incorrect information – thinner waist, thinner waste line, timmer waist line (for ‘trimmer waistline’); • poor spelling – slimmer waste line (for ‘slimmer waistline’); • two answers – slimmer waistline and hipline Question 3 • one word answer given - insufficient information − stamina (2 qualities required of the answer – ‘stamina and endurance’) Candidates were unable to transfer information to non-linear form (Questions 4-6), either due to poor paraphrasing skills, poor spelling, excessive word count, inaccurate information, non-specific information, or poor listening skills. For examples: Question 4 • incomplete information – hold the upper body (for ‘hold your upper body upright’) Question 5 • non-specific information – keep the balance; • incorrect information – balance with your partner (for ‘keep your balance’) Question 6 • incorrect information and excessive word count – music and take the first step; • incorrect information – turn to the music (for ‘take the first step’) Part II Answers ranged from some correct answers to incorrect attempts. Question number Key Question number Key

9 10 11

C D A

12 13 14

C A B

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Part III Answers ranged from a few correct answers to all incorrect attempts. The inaccurate attempts were mainly due to writing more than the five words required, missing required information, wrong meaning, spelling errors, incomprehensible attempts, and no attempt. Questions 15 • Answers included a range of incorrect attempts (e.g. survive with the microscopic/have the microscope creatures/grab at place all time/rob the sand in the toes, grab something, etc. for ‘hang onto something’) Question 16 • Incorrect answers (e.g. tiny skin and spires/ face and sticky lips/adrenal and...
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