MUET: Essay Writing Test Guide and Tips

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FRAMEWORK FOR ACADEMIC ESSAY :
Introduction:| ---Thesis statement:   Topic:…………………………………………………….  central idea:a)       …………………………………..b)       …………………………………..c)       …………………………………..| 1st body paragraph| Topic sentence:  ~ Topic:……………………………………………………….                ~ Controlling idea:…………………………………………………Supporting details:--Elaboration:-Concluding sentence:-| 2nd  body paragraph| Topic sentence:  ~ Topic:……………………………………………………….                ~ Controlling idea:…………………………………………………Supporting details:--Elaboration:-Concluding sentence:-| 3rd body paragraph| Topic sentence:  ~ Topic:……………………………………………………….                ~ Controlling idea:…………………………………………………Supporting details:--Elaboration:-Concluding sentence:-| Conclusion:| --©Nur Sakinah Thomas/UPM|

To reach the goal of success, you need to focus on this :

* Academic essay is written with the aim to respond to a question in order to inform/ explain/persuade etc readers of an idea based on fact/evidences/views. The types of essay can be factual. persuasive, argumentative, discussion or reflective and the format can be for speech, article or even reports.

* An essay is a group of paragraphs that develops one central idea. The 3 parts of an essay are: 1). Introductory paragraph  2). The body paragraphs   3). The conclusion.

* The introductory paragraph should introduce the topic, indicate generally how the topic is going to be developed, should be inviting and contains a thesis statement (with a topic andcentral ideas) A thesis statement is the main idea of the whole essay which actually helps us to focus on our essay.

* Each of the body paragraphs introduce a topic in a sentence (topic sentence). The topic sentence also states an idea or an attitude about the topic (controlling idea). Then we need to write down some supporting details to support the main idea, elaboration to further describe, explain or discuss and construct a concluding sentence. (optional)

* As for the conclusion, we can just restate the main points, restate the thesis, giving advice, suggestions, make an ending with a proverb or even stating our hopes/wishes

REPORT WRITING MUET 800/4 QUESTION 1

TIPS:
1. WRITE THE TITLE AND UNDERLINE
2. WRITE IN 3 PARAGRAPHS (MINIMUM, BODY CAN BE MORE THAN 1 PARA) 3. 1ST SENTENCE WRITE THE TYPES OF GRAPHS/DIAGRAMS/HEADLINES ETC. 4. 2ND SENTENCE WRITE THE MOST OUTSTANDING POINT
5. BODY - WRITE ONLY INFORMATION THAT IS OUTSTANDING (KEY FEATURES, NOT FEATURES.. FEATURES JUST MEANS EVERY SINGLE POINT, YOU NEED TO BE SELECTIVE IN CHOOSING THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES ONLY) 6. CONCLUSION IS JUST ONE SINGLE SENTENCE AS SUMMARY.

7. ALL WORDS AFTER 150 IS NOT CHECK/READ/EXAMINED. EXAMINERS WILL NOT READ AFTER THAT SO STICK TO THE WORD LIMIT. 8. TRY TO LINK ALL THE INFO AND EXPLAIN IT IN A SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE WAY. 9. TITLES ARE CONSIDERED 1 WORD (BUT I COULD BE WRONG)

* GOOD LUCK, AND ALWAYS ANSWER THE ESSAY QUESTION FIRST BEFORE TRYING TO WRITE THIS REPORT.

Example of report essay.

Answer :
The stimuli show a line graph on 'Number of crime cases involving foreign workers (2006-2008)', a bar graph on 'Types of crime committed by foreign workers (2006-2008)' and a newspaper headline on 'Overworked and Underpaid foreign workers'. In general, the number of crimes are increasing steadily from 2006 to 2008 especially petty crimes like robbery and snatch theft by underpaid foreign workers.

According the the line graph, every year the number of crimes increases by about 200 cases which is 1535 in 2006, 1780 in 2007 to 1926 in 2008). These crimes can be divided into petty crimes including robbery and snatch thef and hardcore crimes like rape and murder. Based on the bar graph, the highest incidence of crime is robbery that rose from 65 in 2006 to 75 cases in 2008. This is followed by snatch thefts from 15 in 2006 to 18 cases in 2008. Conversely, rape and murder cases have reduced drastically by 50% or more from 2006...
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