Wednesday, February 15, 2012

MUET Speaking 800/2 tips and sample

Speaking exam is around the corner again.. some of you have taken this exam before and some are still virgins (hahahahhaha). What to expect? Well...

1. There will be not one, but 2 examiners at the table, and 4 candidates (ideally as total number of candidates for each session is 5 groups of 4 = 20) whom u can refer to as Candidate A, B C & D (NOT advised to use names, even if they are your friends). If you are the last or second last group and some candidates are absent, the examiners should divide the last 2 groups into 3 members each (3-3) instead of (4-2). If they don't do that, you have the right to request the 3-3 combination because the discussion will be more lively but always remember to ask politely.

2. For task A, expect to speak for a full 2 minutes, regardless of how many points you deliver (no deduction for number of points as MPM does not specify that you have to describe 3 points.) You just need to speak according to the topic confidently, fluently and accurately with good body language.

3. For task B, expect to speak for a full 10 minutes, regardless of if you manage to do a conclusion or not (last I heard, MPM does not require conclusions because natural conversations do not necessarily have conclusions but it is still nice to round up the discussion with a good conclusion). Do not dominate the discussion or on the other hand, do not also be a passenger with nothing to say. Ask your friends their opinions or help them end their sentences/ideas when they are stuck as this shows good management of discussion skills.

4. Smile, talk naturally (not robotic), crack some jokes and give creative ideas instead of boring predictable ones, laugh together and basically have a good time because the examiners are fed up of listening to the same old rubbish. If you make them laugh (in a good way), chances are they will be more willing to award better marks.

Let's analyse last year's speaking question. Here is a sample Band 6 scripts for task A.

Day 1, Session 1 Year End 2011 (not exact words)
People who give the most meaningful contribution to society
a)garbage collectors
b)toilet cleaners
c)road sweepers

Candidate A:

Good morning to the examinerS and my fellow candidateS. There are many people in this world who contribute meaningfully to society. Some sit in high positions while those who do menial tasks are no less worthy. Likewise, garbage collectors have a significant contribution to our society as not many would voluntarily do this 'stinky' but necessary job.
First and foremost, I think garbage collectors deserve merit because they are the ones who maintain the cleanliness of our neighbourhood. This is because, without them, there would be rubbish strewn around everywhere which is a sight for sore eyes. Moreover, the stench itself would cause unease among citizens who need to go about their daily business. For example, rotten food, soiled diapers and so on would be an unbearable sight if not collected and disposed of properly.
Secondly, garbage collectors should be held in high esteem as their job of maintaining the hygiene of society is a crucial one. This means that without them, diseases would spread rampantly. In addition, the overall health of society would suffer as garbage that is uncollected is an excellent breeding ground for bacteria and insects. For instance, piles of uncollected rubbish is the perfect place for dengue and malaria carrying mosquitos and many more.
Last but not least, a garbage collector's job is very meaningful to society because in this modern era, humans have managed to produce so much rubbish per day that without them, the sheer amount would drown the whole city in a week! Imagine how much plastic packaging each of us throws away within a day. Take for example all the empty plastic bottles, Maggi mee wrappers, plastic packaging from the supermarket and even paper products like cigarette boxes and newspapers among others.
In short, society would be seriously crippled if garbage collectors did not do their job. Therefore, I truly believe that garbage collectors provide a very meaningful contribution to today's society. Thank you.

Candidate B: Toilet Cleaners.
          A very good morning I bid to one and all. Everyone has a role to play in society no matter how high or low their profile is. We should be thankful that we have toilet cleaners because they are the people who give the most meaningful contribution to society. I would like to discuss three reasons for this. (15 secs)
            First and foremost, it is the main duty of the toilet cleaners to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of public toilets. Quite often, we have come across toilets that are in dire need of cleaning where the smell is putrid and there is urine and faeces everywhere, disgusting, right? Without toilet cleaners, people would completely avoid public toilets unless they are so desperate they are willing to endure the horrid stench. These unhygienic toilets are also a toxic zone for bacteria and diseases such as Hepatitis and so on. Thus, toilet cleaners do us a grateful service of maintaining the public toilets so they are safe to use.
          Secondly, toilet cleaners are also instrumental in maintaining the facilities in the public toilets. This is because it is quite common for public property like toilets to be vandalised by irresponsible people. Some trash the place and spray graffiti on the walls, while there have also been cases of breaking toilet bowls, sinks and others. If the toilet cleaners are around, these incidences can be reduced greatly and society can enjoy a better and cleaner image. Therefore, toilet cleaners have a very meaningful job because they help maintain a good impression of our country especially to international tourists.
            Last but not least, being a toilet cleaner is an extremely meaningful contribution to society because not many people want to do this menial task. The responsibility of cleaning toilets is not a glamorous job, in fact, people may be embarrassed to tell others that their occupation in life is a toilet cleaner. However, I completely believe that without them, public toilets would hazardous to our health and they provide us a service that is crucial and necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Hence, we should be thankful to them for their commitment in their profession.
            In essence, the most meaningful contribution to society is by toilet cleaners because they help maintain hygiene, our country’s image and it is a thankless job. Thank you and have a nice day.

So what do you think about this sample? What makes it a high band response?

Now it's your turn, you can try to write your sample script for Candidate C or D below and I'll tell you what band you may get. Happy speaking! :P