Tuesday, April 28, 2009

MUET: Speaking Test Component

Speaking Component

Test Specifications

Candidates are assessed on their ability to make individual presentations and to
take part in group discussions on a wide range of contemporary issues.

Assessment will cover the following:

(i) accuracy

• using grammatically correct language

• using correct pronunciation, stress and intonation

(ii) fluency

• speaking with confidence and fluency

(iii) appropriacy

• using language appropriate for the intended purpose and audience

• using varied vocabulary and expressions

• using varied sentence structures

• observing conventions appropriate to a specific situation

(iv) coherence and cohesion

• developing and organising ideas

• using appropriate markers and linking devices

• using anaphora appropriately together with other cohesive devices

(v) use of language functions

• defining, describing, explaining

• comparing and contrasting

• classifying

• giving reasons

• giving opinions

• expressing relationships

• making suggestions and recommendations

• expressing agreement and disagreement

• seeking clarification

• asking for and giving information

• persuading

• drawing conclusions

• stating and justifying points of view

• presenting an argument

(vi) managing a discussion

• initiating

• turn-taking

• interrupting

• prompting

• negotiating

• closing

(vii) task fulfilment

• presenting relevant ideas

• providing adequate content

• showing a mature treatment of topic

Possible issues:

Socio-cultural, economic, science and technology, sports, environment, education,

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