Thursday, March 31, 2011


Mid-2011: D-Day!

D-Day is next week (4 April and onwards)!  D-Day for you.
According to Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, D-Day is:
1) 6th June, 1944; in the World War II, the day the allies landed in France to begin the spread of their forces through Europe, under the command of General Eisenhower
2) a day on which an important operation or planned action is to begin:
So, today is D-day, then?
The term D-Day was first used for the day in World War II, when the allied forces made their landing on the shores of Normandy, France to make an entry into Europe and defeat the forces of Hitler. The term "D-Day" was coined to name that important day of allied operations that helped to change the course of history.

Since then, the term D-Day is used for the day where something important is going to happen.  MUET is very important for the majority of candidates.  Therefore that MUET date is D-Day for them.

Your D-Day begins on 4 April 2011, if you are taking the Mid-Year (2011) MUET Papers. Please refer to the dates of the Tests. Some of you might be given 5 April or other opportune time as deemed appropriate by the MPM for the Speaking Test (Yes, MUET starts with the Speaking-800/2 paper).  On the 16 April all Mid-Year 2011 MUET candidates will be doing the Listening 800/1, Reading 800/3 and Writing 800/4 Papers.  All in one day.

Come to MUET Speaking Well Prepared
When you come for the speaking test please treat it as though you are doing an important interview.  Do not forget to bring your identity cards, your MUET exam slips and your pen.  You should be dressed appropriately.  Please do not come looking like a rocker!  There is no problem with the school students as they come smartly dressed in school uniforms.

You will have to surrender your mobile phones to the MUET Quarantine Officer as you enter the Quarantine Room.  You can see many kinds of mobile phones being surrendered to the officer.  Do not be surprised that many of the private students come with more than one mobile phones.

The temporary forfeiture of mobile phones is to prevent the candidates from communicating with outsiders, where they might ask for tips or answers, and maybe with the other candidates who have just finished their Speaking tests in the previous groups.

Change of Test Venues
If you want to change your exam venues please do so through their respective State Education Department not later than two months before the test date.  However there could be some help from the State Education Department for those in emergency cases, eg. sudden transfers or being stranded somewhere due to unavoidable circumstances.

One candidate may have registered in Ipoh and he is suddenly transferred to Penang as, maybe, he gets a promotion in his job.  He can sit for the MUET Papers in Penang after he has made arrangements with the education authorities concerned.  As the duration of the Speaking Test takes a number of days, they may still have time to make changes to their test centres.  Meet the MUET Officer in the Education Department and inquire.  What I have brought to you here is an example of such an extreme situation.  It might be impossible to do in large states such as Pahang or Perak.

An administrative fee of RM25.00 will be levied for this purpose.  Please do not forget to bring along the receipt for this payment to the MUET Centre. 

Do Not Skip A Paper
If you skip a paper, (... No, you cannot do that!)
You skip one, you skip it ALL!  That's it.

If you skip a paper (that is you do not take it), for example the Reading 800/3 Paper, it means that you skip the whole MUET test.  That is how the MUET system works.  If you want to re-sit the Tests, you will have to re-sit all the MUET papers when the next MUET tests  are scheduled.  Please keep this important fact in mind.  There is no such thing as taking only one or two (or three ) of the papers and take the others some other time.  Take them all, or you don't!!