Monday, January 2, 2012

4 muet writing samples

MUET Writing Question 2 sample answers for 350 word academic essay
Below are 4 samples of good essays... Band 4 or 5... Band 6 essays will demonstrate a much better command of linguistic fluency and accuracy as well as show more mature and critical thinking skills.

SAMPLE 1) YEAR END 2008: MUET WRITING 800/4 QUESTION 2 “People are becoming more materialistic. They are concerned with making more money and what money can buy.” What is your opinion on being materialistic? You should write at least 350 words. [60 marks] They say that money makes the world go round. And indeed it does as without money, life would be very difficult as in today’s society, nothing is free. The side effect however is that people are becoming more materialistic; more concerned with making money and what money can buy. But how much money is enough? Is it ever enough? To some, it will never be enough. In my opinion, I truly believe that this statement is true and that people are becoming more materialistic in nature. In this essay, I will discuss how materialism has affected modern society’s way of life on an individual level, the country’s economy as well as our spiritual and moral beliefs. First and foremost, each individual is affected by materialism to some extent in this day and age because hedonism is becoming an uprising trend. This is because today's generation are geared towards making more and more money so that they can enjoy the carefree lifestyle that is so popular these days. Moreover, people now are striving to earn more income in order to afford things that are more expensive and branded. For example, people spend their hard earned money on material objects like genuine LV and Coach handbags, expensive gadgets like Iphones and Tablet pcs and so on which in my opinion is a waste of money when regular goods may prove to be good enough. Therefore, while individuals become more focussed on their pursuit of material wealth and improving their standard of living, they may forget that what matters most in life is quality time spent with family and friends and not the quantity of their material goods. Secondly, when society starts spending in a materialistic manner it will surely have a domino effect on the country’s economy. This means that the spending power of society will help boost the economy and create more business opportunities for the booming trade. However, when a society overspends, using plastic money or credit cards, or when they take loans they cannot afford to repay, then the country’s debt margin will be higher. For instance, USA today is facing an economic crisis because banks have approved home loans to people who aspire to own bigger houses than they can actually afford and this is causing the collapse of the country’s economy there. Thus, while a society’s spending habits helps our economy to grow, overspending due to

In fact. therefore the crime rate is bound to increase. In a nutshell. In my opinion. materialism affects our spiritual and moral beliefs. I still firmly believe that materialism has a strong hold on today’s society. there are more reports of snatch thefts. Hence.materialism will have an adverse effect to the country’s financial stability. Take for example. kidnapping for ransom. the crime rate is increasing because criminals these days have developed many ways to gain more money from society. both positive and negative effects. credit card fraud. . While this may spur individuals to work harder to improve their standard of living. burglaries. internet banking hacking and others that are driven by materialistic criminals. Our government can encourage society to be less frivolous and wasteful in spending by running campaigns such as ‘Consumer Awareness’ and ‘Buy Malaysian Made Products’ in order to educate our younger generation for the prosperity of our nation. when people lose sight of their spiritual and moral beliefs and believe instead in the greed of materialism. Last but not least. This is due to the fact people who are materialistic may become ‘amoral’ whereby they disregard their spiritual and moral upbringing and instead turn to crime to satisfy their materialistic needs. overspending due to materialism may cause the downfall of a country’s economy and their morality. materialism is a common agenda in the 21st century as more people are working hard to afford things beyond their reach.

Facebook and Short Message System (SMS). we need information at the tip of our fingers. these tools will enhance global unity and create a more peaceful world. In a nutshell. First and foremost. In my opinion. I am fully convinced that this growing trend is the way of the future. we can increase the speed of getting the necessary and relevant information within seconds and this will increase our productivity. Hotmail. communication can be enhanced and there will be less problems of miscommunication. the age of Information Technology is upon us. this form of technology enhances communication among people today.SAMPLE 2) MID YEAR 2010: MUET WRITING 800/4 QUESTION 2 The world today is turning more to electronic communications such as the e-mail. Therefore. enhancing communicative skills and shaping a borderless community. we are able to communicate clearly and directly to our target audience. Secondly. I still firmly believe that this latest trend is the best way forward and . respect and tolerance for the global community through efficient and clear e-communication. In my opinion. gone are the days of using 'snail mail' or regular letters using stamps and envelopes and many more examples of 'old' technology because it is simply too slow and inefficient. Thus. In this essay. Yahoo and others. For example. the world is crowded with people busy typing SMSes on their Nokias or iPhones or someone is staring unblinkingly at a Facebook or Yahoo page on the computer screen. we are able to connect with people on an international basis using Facebook. In addition. This is because in today's age of globalisation. For instance. I will discuss three positive effects of electronic communication. or be forever lost and stuck in the older generation. This means that when we use SMS. Moreover. Friendster. these ecommunication tools increases the access to important information which is why the new generation is fully accepting this growing trend. Hence. an SMS can give clear instructions in just a few words and this communicates what needs to be done quickly and directly. What is your opinion of this growing trend? Discuss. Tagged. more and more people are relying on e-mail. You should write at least 350 words. Facebook. This is due to the fact that the boundaries that separate each country becomes less relevant when information is transferred without limitations. people today find that the message is more important than the form it comes in as an e-mail in short but clear sentences is just as good or even better than a long and formal letter. with the use of these tools. e-mails and websites like Facebook. Take for example. enhances communication and creates a borderless world community. the world would be a better place because there is a sense of 1-World commitment. and we can either learn new skills and adapt to this new technology. this growing trend has many positive effects not just to individuals but the global society in terms of efficiency. Short Message System (SMS) and other types of electronic communication tools because of its high efficiency. Last but not least. namely its efficiency. Whether you like it or not. Furthermore. and it brings countless benefits to mankind. [60 marks] Everywhere we turn today. when the intended message can be spread clearly using short and clear information like in SMSes and emails. e-communication creates a borderless community in the world we live in today.

we will be left behind by the tide of development. .if we do not catch up. Our government can encourage the proper usage of electronic communications by increasing communication amenities and free broadband accessibility especially in rural areas so that they can enjoy the same facilities as city-folks therefore balancing the development of our country towards achieving Vision 2020.

when people consider friendship to be the most valuable thing in life. one must surely value life itself or in other words. For example. if a person values friendship so much to the point where he is willing to break his principles. This is because. while friends can stand by us in our time of need. In this essay. Secondly. This means that however you analyse it. if we are paralysed. and elaborate on why family and the individual’s principles in life are ranked higher. life becomes empty and meaningless. friendship is the rainbow of life as it colours our horizons with invaluable experiences but without good health. However. I will outline how life itself is more valuable than friendship. This is due to the fact that each person needs to have a code of ethics. friendships will almost always play second fiddle because family always comes first. Last but not least. stealing. In my opinion. Therefore. hearing or ability to speak or even a simple case of a fever or allergic reactions. we are no one without our family as indeed blood is thicker than water. Take for example. In short. That person would be very socially challenged as he or she would miss the camaraderie and life experiences that come with friendship. raping. First and foremost. Hence. we will be hard pressed to do even the simplest of tasks like feed ourselves or relieve ourselves without the help of doctors. Moreover. then no amount of friendship especially negative influence from friends. people tend to turn away from family if the family member(s) themselves are the ones to cause them to react negatively such as divorced parents. For instance. before one can enjoy the beauty of friendship. lost our sight. we should value our health. a person’s principles in life is by far more valuable than friendship alone. then he has done a serious misdeed against himself and will most likely regret his actions later in life. murdering and others. quite often prescribed by their individual religions. In addition. [60 marks] It is true that no ‘man is an island’ meaning that no one in this world can live alone without friendship. without good health. a supportive family and strong principles. if an individual has set his principles to do good. Thus. then the quality of our life is greatly reduced and no amount of friendship can make us healthy again. pristine health is still the most valuable asset in our lives. more often than not they may come from a troubled household.SAMPLE 3) MID YEAR 2011: MUET WRITING 800/4 QUESTION 2 The most valuable thing in life is friendship. Furthermore. I completely disagree with the statement that the most valuable thing in life is friendship as there are certainly more important and priceless things in life besides this. Do you agree? Discuss. can shake his hold on his principles and cause him to commit undesirable deeds like smoking. if we do not value our family above others. You should write at least 350 words. the quality of our life is the single most important criteria in life if we are to live a meaningful and wholesome life. then there must be a problem among the family members that has caused their relationship to be strained. it is beyond a shadow of a doubt that I still firmly believe that . this code will guide each person to live their lives according to the good and right principles. abusive parents or siblings and so on. nurses and caregivers.

friendship is not the most valuable thing in life. . family and principles in life by organising awareness campaigns especially in primary schools where the younger generation should learn about priorities in life because they are the leaders of tomorrow. Our government can encourage people to prioritise health.

most places had run out of stock even though the government had allocated 2kg of sugar to one person. sugar and so on will be in great demand and some warehouses will store or hoard the items to further increase the price of the product. the fuel price increase had definitely caused more hardships to society today. Thus. In addition. For example. Moreover. widening the gap between the rich and the poor and affecting the population trend in the long term. Last but not least." For instance. and the poor get poorer. namely increasing vice activities. I still strongly believe that the rising fuel price has pushed up the price of other consumer products and this will surely cause a negative impact to society. then less money will be spent on health and dental check-up. when money is used to purchase consumer products that are necessary for survival. First and foremost.SAMPLE 4) MUET WRITING 800/4 QUESTION 2 The rising fuel price has pushed up the price of other consumer products. Hence. In short. new families with less children will surely spend less on basic necessities like food. Take for example. it is undeniable that the rise in fuel prices leads to the widening of the gap between the rich and the poor. In this essay. it is clear that the fuel price hike will further stress on the differences between the rich and the poor which is such a tragedy. Secondly. society will immediately be affected by the rise in fuel prices because consumer products will be more costly and this leads to an increase of vice activities. [60 marks] Money is always an issue in today's era of materialism. society is now more aware of birth control and family planning so this will greatly reduce the population as most families will have 1 to 5 children instead of more. flour. This is because basic necessities such as rice. Most people need it for basic survival while the lucky few indulge in luxuries without worrying about money. You should write at least 350 words. I strongly agree that the rising fuel price has pushed up the price of other consumer products and this will definitely affect the society. educational purposes and others. in the long term the population trend or demographics of the society will be greatly affected. reports of smuggling of these items prove that this vice activity is on the rise. The government must find a way to stabilise the fuel . I would like to touch on the effects this price increase has on society today. This is due to the fact that people are greatly affected by the price of basic necessities such as food and fuel in particular. clothes. Furthermore. How will this affect the society? Give your opinion. the demographics of the whole country will be affected and this in turn will reduce our workforce which will affect our country's productivity and prosperity. in the newspapers today. Therefore. the rich people will still be able to afford such things but the poor will face greater challenges as the popular saying goes: "The rich get richer. the recent sugar price hike caused a furor among the Malaysian society as it costs more fuel to travel to and from the supermarket and when arriving. there are many short term to long term effects of a fuel price increase which includes more crimes like hoarding and smuggling will occur and this leads to the widening of the gap between the rich and the poor as well as a change in the society's demographics. In my opinion. transport and many more. This means that new families will consciously decide not to have too many children in order to increase their quality of life.

price at a reasonable rate so that it does not affect the productivity of this country towards achieving the aspirations of the nation for Vision 2020. .