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You are the Secretary for your school Sports Club. You have been asked to write a short article on sports injuries. Your article should use the information given below. You should write 150 to 200 words. Number of sports injuries 10,122 3,777 3,636 3,408 3,228 3,098 1,219 882 787 776 % of sports injuries 24.5 9.2 8.8 8.3 7.8 7.5 3.0 2.1 1.9 1.9 % admitted to Hospital 7.5 7.1 10.9 5.4 4.1 2.5 3.2 5.6 6.4 2.2 % of injuries during competition or practice 83 84 95 83 83 85 95 71 91 79
Water-based sports Soccer Rugby Cricket Basketball Netball Hockey Martial Arts Squash Volleyball
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recording only 1. Rugby recorded 10. followed by soccer (9. Words in red – show the trend and comparison with other sports Words in green – show the synthesis of information Words in blue – a signal of concluding 2 ACE AHEAD MUET Paper 4 © Oxford Fajar Sdn. However. there is a signiﬁcant number of sports-related injuries and therefore there is a need to be vigilant to reduce the number of injuries.2%. It can be said that different types of sports have different numbers and percentages of injuries. Both squash and volleyball showed the lowest percentage of sports injuries. (008974-T) 2011 . Water-based sports have the most number and percentages of sports injuries as compared to the other types of sports.122 injuries. In conclusion. charting 10. as compared to martial arts which has only 71%. the highest amongst the other sports. volleyball charted the smallest number of injuries (776). and the numbers and percentages of sports injuries in school.9% admissions to hospital. Both rugby and hockey have the highest percentage of injuries during competition or practice at 95%.Suggested Answer Sports Injuries in School The table shows the different types of sports.2%) and rugby (8. Bhd.9% followed by martial arts with 2. water-based sports have the highest percentage of injuries. volleyball had the lowest number of hospital admissions at only 2. Other sports with lower numbers of injuries are squash (787) and martial arts (882).8%).1%. In contrast. On the other hand.
many students do not seem to care too much about saving money. students will learn how to spend wisely. Similarly. However. The knowledge gained can be useful when the students go out into the real or working world.’ What is your opinion? You should write at least 350 words. power. I agree that ﬁnancial education should be made a compulsory subject in schools. Bhd. ﬁnancial education also teaches students the advantages of saving and investing money. ﬁnancial education provides important awareness on spending habits and helps individuals in future. Suggested Answer I agree that ﬁnancial education should be introduced as a compulsory subject in schools. They may spend their money on junk food or other useless things as parents are too busy to instill in their children the value of saving money and spending wisely. Therefore. They would rather spend it on having a good time. unit trust funds. are on the rise.Question 2 PRACTICE 1 ‘Financial education should be introduced as a compulsory subject in schools. ﬁnancial education is indeed a good subject to be introduced in schools. This is a situation that certainly calls for ﬁnancial education. They are also exposed to how short-term or long-term savings accounts work in banks and the difference between a simple savings account and a ﬁxed deposit. young children may misuse the money given to them. Words in red – to make a stand Words in brown– thesis statement – what my essay is about Words in green – topic sentence – what the paragraph is going to be about Words in blue – to conclude the paragraph Words in pink – to restate stand 3 ACE AHEAD MUET Paper 4 © Oxford Fajar Sdn. In conclusion. Some students believe that certain subjects taught in school are not beneﬁcial in later life. Other than that. Finally. share markets and retirement plans which can help them tremendously when planning their future ﬁnancial life. Financial education will teach these students how to budget or plan their expenditure. For example. At the same time. Some parents do use money to compensate for lack of time spent with their children and to show their love. Therefore. and how to make decisions on what to buy. A healthy savings account will help students to be prepared for a ﬁnancial emergency. Today. secondary school students with extra pocket money can afford to buy more expensive. This can create the habit of spending without budgeting or planning. ﬁnancial education can instill wise ﬁnancial management among students. students will also learn about insurance. Students should learn how to save and spend wisely even when they are in primary school. This can help them to manage and overcome ﬁnancial problems once they are in adulthood. it can help to alleviate this phenomenon. pricey items such as mobile phones and branded clothing. (008974-T) 2011 . which point to poor ﬁnancial management. They have high spending. Students want to learn something that they can utilize in life. but not earning. problems such as bankruptcy and credit card debt. The subject of ﬁnancial education could teach students how the money spent could actually grow instead by accumulating interest if placed in a banking institution. If students learn about ﬁnancial management. Firstly. Illustrate your opinion with examples. Introducing this subject at a young age would give them a strong foundation. Some students are given a lot of pocket money as parents are busy with their own agendas.
You have been asked to write a short article on literacy in selected countries.writefix. You should write 150 to 200 words. Your article should use the information given below. Bhd. Literacy Rates. 1990 and 2000 100 90 80 (percentage) 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Bangladesh Brazil China Egypt Kuwait Pakistan Male 1990 Male 2000 Female 1990 Female 2000 Adapted from http://www.SET 2 Question 1 PRACTICE 2 You are an education officer attached to the Ministry of Education. by Country.com 4 ACE AHEAD MUET Paper 4 © Oxford Fajar Sdn. (008974-T) 2011 .
the trend shows that women have lower literacy rates. especially women. slightly more men than women were literate. – Verb to show an upward direction of growth. However. However Far more Slightly Went up to Similarly – Sentence connector to state an opposing idea. Substantial In conclusion – Sentence connector to summarise the idea that all countries have shown improvement in the literacy rate over the decade. the number of literate women rose from 20% in 1990 to 28% in 2000. The trend indicates inconsistent literacy rates among males and females in six nations. the women are catching up and need support to further improve. – Starts with the subject to describe one part of the chart to emphasize the difference in the percentage. very few women could read and write compared to the men. all countries have improved over ten years. In Bangladesh. (008974-T) 2011 . but are far from achieving 100% literacy. Pakistan had the biggest increase. 45% of Bangladeshi men were literate. However. – Adjective to describe the degree of change. the male literacy rate rising from 49% in 1990 to 57% in 2000.Suggested Answer Literacy Rates in Selected Countries The chart shows the percentage of literacy rates in six countries between the years 1990 and 2000 for both men and women. The trend in 2000 shows the substantial improvement in literacy for both genders. However. More people are literate in 2000 compared to 1990. Far more men than women in Pakistan were literate. – Adverb to describe the degree of change. literacy rates for women jumped in 2000. – Sentence connector to state explicitly that two items are similar to each other. In Egypt. Countries with high literacy rates saw signiﬁcant increases for the men. 5 ACE AHEAD MUET Paper 4 © Oxford Fajar Sdn. Similarly. In Kuwait and China. In 1990. Bhd. 50% of the men compared to a mere 20% of the women. Both the men and women have shown improvements in the literacy rate over the decade. only 25% of the women were literate. In conclusion.
High exchange rates that might ﬂuctuate could also create ﬁnancial woes for some families. after years of studying abroad. many people prefer not to study abroad due to cultural differences. Furthermore. Hence. The Ministry of Higher Learning was set up to ensure the quality of education in countless public and private universities. 6 ACE AHEAD MUET Paper 4 © Oxford Fajar Sdn. I disagree with the idea that studying abroad is better than studying in local universities. They are not aware that overseas education does not guarantee a high-paying job and the expenses incurred are much higher than the potential earning power. On the contrary. Finally. In contrast. architects. Most academic programmes in universities have received full accreditation from the Malaysian Qualiﬁcations Agency. Malaysia is now known as the education hub for higher learning. Studying abroad requires high tuition fees. These parents lack conﬁdence in the quality of education in local universities. studying locally ensures that local and family values are maintained. (008974-T) 2011 . lawyers.Question 2 PRACTICE 2 ‘Studying abroad is better than studying in local universities. entrepreneurs are from the local graduate pool. They are less understanding towards family customs and traditions. nevertheless it is a fact that overseas education is many times more expensive than local education. We have qualiﬁed lecturers conducting various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which are internationally recognized such as the Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) in University Malaya. expensive accommodation and transportation. Illustrate your opinion with examples. Undergraduates feel more secure and are more focused in their studies. The quality of education in local universities has improved tremendously. they are inﬂuenced by the Western culture and come back with new ‘modern’ values that contradict Asian family values. formerly known as the National Accreditation Council (LAN). students who study overseas often feel homesick and this could lead to more money spent on travelling home during the holidays or having their parents to visit them often. Thus. Bhd. They are more concerned with the social status of sending their children overseas. people prefer to study locally to save costs. Other than that. local universities produce quality graduates who are successful leaders. many prefer to study in local universities where there is quality education minus the ﬁnancial woes and cultural differences. Overseas students come back with learned accents that may be impressive but do not mean that they are better qualiﬁed or more competent than local graduates. While the advent of the Internet and the latest technology has alleviated this problem somewhat. doctors. Firstly. Many successful teachers. Local graduates have proved that they are as competent as overseas graduates in the Malaysian workforce. Besides that. engineers. and avoid the issues which overseas graduates face upon their return to their homeland. The number of foreign students in these universities shows that foreigners trust our quality of education. Suggested Answer Wealthy parents send their children to study abroad with the perception that overseas education is deﬁnitely better. It is difﬁcult to cope with one’s studies and at the same time adapt to a foreign lifestyle and culture. those who are less adaptable may be engulfed with anxiety and stress that will eventually take a toll on their studies. studying abroad means that students might lose certain crucial cultural values. Secondly. They are victims of the perception that overseas graduates are better compared to local graduates. the family relationship is generally different. bankers.’ What is your opinion? You should write at least 350 words. This can cause feuds and conﬂicts within the family.
– Signals a difference in ideas: students lose their own cultural values but came back with contradicting Western values.Firstly. – To link the new idea of hidden costs involved to the previous idea of the high costs involved. (008974-T) 2011 . 7 ACE AHEAD MUET Paper 4 © Oxford Fajar Sdn. – Adds a further reason as to why family relationships are looser. Finally Such as Furthermore On the contrary Besides that Other than that – Provides an example to illustrate that programmes conducted by universities are internationally recognized. – Links the idea of losing cultural values to the earlier idea on culture shock. – Shows the logical order of ideas to support the writer’s opinion. Secondly. Bhd.
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