Sample Muet Essay Question 1

MUET Report Writing Sample / Template

So one of the biggest hurdles for both teachers of MUET and candidates is how to handle the report writing question. Having done so many talks over the years, I have finally come up with a colour coded version of teaching Report Writing, MUET style.. the closest and easiest possible way for everyone to understand and apply. Let it be said here that there are always advantages and disadvantages to teaching using templates. First and foremost, every MUET report writing question is different and therefore it may not be possible to transfer the skills into writing if the content strays from mainstream/what is expected. The advantage of a template is that it helps the very weak to see the pattern and to hopefully be able to replicate the pattern in the exam. Might I be so bold as to add that mark schemes with a rigid template is actually quite biased to those who have been exposed to it, but will definitely shortchange very good students who somehow have never seen/heard of/learnt the template or those who used their own interpretation to write their reports. The rigidity of the 200 word limit and enforced format for report writing seems to me a poor way of judging a person's proficiency. But hey, I'm just a teacher, who am I to comment on the choice of questions made by the exams syndicate? In comparison, the report section in the IELTS exam is not confined to such rigidity and I hope someday, we can also move away from short-sighted assessments like this report question.

Coming back to the issue, you can study the series of pictures here to get a gist of how I now teach report writing, ie using colour coding. Note that a successful analysis needs 2 elements: Blue+Yellow (trend word + data) and likewise, a successful Synthesis needs 3 elements: Blue+Yellow+Red (trend word + data + synthesis linking phrase). Note also that data does not denote only numbers and statistics (ie. information/phrases in a table are also data). A final not is that if the student copies these phrases or the titles using inverted commas, "..." or '...' (single or double, doesn't really matter) and makes sure that it is verbatim (exact phrases and spelling), then the whole item is counted as 1, just as any number in brackets are counted as 1. Anyway, happy teaching! & Good luck to those taking the exam on 5th August 2017... including my students this year. Yeeehaw!








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 200 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)
10. GOOD LUCK, AND ALWAYS ANSWER THE ESSAY QUESTION FIRST BEFORE TRYING TO WRITE THIS REPORT.



SAMPLE 1:

The Various Types of Cooking Oil Used in the Kitchen

The stimuli present a line graph on 'Global production of cooking oil (2000-2006)', a bar graph on 'Fat content in commonly-used cooking oils' and an article excerpt on the healthiness of oils. In general, palm oil is the most produced oil while the least produced but healthiest option is sunflower oil.

According to the line graph, the highest world oil production is palm oil increasing steadily from 25 million tonnes in 2000/01 to 35.5 million in 2005/06, beating soya oil by a small margin. Among the 5 types of oil, sunflower has the lowest production stabilising at just under 10 million tonnes from 2000 to 2006. Based on the bar graph, the healthiest oil is sunflower because it contains the second lowest fat (12%) content and the highest healthy polyunsaturated fat (71%). This is followed by other healthy oils with lower fat like canola (7%), olive (15%) and soya (16%). The unhealthy oils are very high in fat and very low in polyunsaturated fat such as palm oil (51%) and coconut oil (91%). The article states that we cannot be sure about how healthy the oils we eat are because it may contain too much trans fats leading to heart diseases and cancer.

In conclusion, coconut and palm oil should be avoided because fo the high fat content while the healthiest oils are sunflower, canola, olive and soya.



SAMPLE 2:


Crimes Involving Foreign Workers in Malaysia

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 to 2008. The reasons given for the increase of crimes in the headline are that foreign workers are unhappy with their meagre incomes which result in them being overworked and underpaid.

In c onclusion, foreign workers are committing more petty crimes like robbery and snatch theft because they are overworked and underpaid.

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