Malaysian University English Test (MUET) is a test of English language proficiency, largely for university admissions. The test is set and run by the Malaysian Examinations Council (which also runs the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia examination) and largely recognized only in Malaysia and Singapore.
Most candidates who sit for MUET do so to apply for admissions in public universities and colleges. MUET is largely optional, if considered at all, in applying for admissions in other universities and colleges in Malaysia as well as National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University. Most of those who do consider MUET in admission applications allocate little weightage to it. Most universities, including many who offer "twinning" courses with local private colleges, outside these two countries do not consider MUET as an acceptable test for English language proficiency.
Candidates usually have to register via their institution, private candidates with their State Education Department, with a registration fee of RM60. Although Malaysian government has decided to abolish government examination fees from 2007 onwards, MUET will remain as a paid test.
There are four components in MUET: Listening (800/1), Speaking (800/2), Reading Comprehension (800/3) and Writing (800/4). The maximum scores for each component is 45 for Listening and Speaking, 135 for Reading Comprehension and 75 for Writing, with an aggregate score of 300. The scores are then graded in 6 bands, with Band 6 the highest and Band 1 the lowest.
The Malaysia Examination Council test centres are largely in national secondary schools (Malay: Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan) that offers Form 6, matriculation colleges, certain universities, as well as certain private and semi-private colleges like Tunku Abdul Rahman College. The test is run twice annually, usually in late May or early June as well as late October or early November.
Three components - Listening, Reading Comprehension and Writing, are usually tested on the same day - always a second or fourth Saturday of the month, all with the same paper nationwide. The Speaking component is tested both in individual task and in groups of up to four, with papers different, most of the time, with other groups - and changes always every examination day. When a test centre uses the same question paper for the Speaking component for more than one group, other groups are sequestered until every group have either finished the test or in the examination room.