Saturday, April 16, 2011

MUET Writing Paper Mid-Year 2011

Question 1
A survey was carried out on two different age groups of professionals to determine what they consider to be the main goals for the year ahead. Using only the information provided, write about the results of the survey. In your writing, you are to link the profile of the professionals with their goals. You should write 150 to 200 words.

Example of marking scheme and 
writing skills for Question 1
**Surely not for the question above as I have just got this paper from the examiner in the morning^^

Question 2

"The most valuable thing in life is friendship."
Do you agree? Discuss. 
You should write at least 350 words.

Sample Answer:
It is true that no ‘man is an island’ meaning that no one in this world can live alone without friendship. That person would be very socially challenged as he or she would miss the camaraderie and life experiences that come with friendship. However, 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. In this essay, I will outline how life itself is more valuable than friendship, and elaborate on why family and the individual’s principles in life are ranked higher.

First and foremost, before one can enjoy the beauty of friendship, one must surely value life itself or in other words, we should value our health. This is because, the quality of our life is the single most important criteria in life if we are to live a meaningful and wholesome life. Moreover, without good health, we will be hard pressed to do even the simplest of tasks like feed ourselves or relieve ourselves without the help of doctors, nurses and caregivers. For example, if we are paralyzed, lost our sight, hearing or ability to speak or even a simple case of a fever or allergic reactions, then the quality of our life is greatly reduced and no amount of friendship can make us healthy again. Therefore, while friends can stand by us in our time of need, pristine health is still the most valuable asset in our lives.

Secondly, we are no one without our family as indeed blood is thicker than water. This means that however you analyze it, friendships will almost always play second fiddle because family always comes first. Furthermore, if we do not value our family above others, then there must be a problem among the family members that has caused their relationship to be strained. For instance, 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, abusive parents or siblings and so on. Thus, when people consider friendship to be the most valuable thing in life, more often than not they may come from a troubled household.

Last but not least, a person’s principles in life is by far more valuable than friendship alone. This is due to the fact that each person needs to have a code of ethics, quite often prescribed by their individual religions. In addition, this code will guide each person to live their lives according to the good and right principles. Take for example, if an individual has set his principles to do good, then no amount of friendship especially negative influence from friends, can shake his hold on his principles and cause him to commit undesirable deeds like smoking, stealing, raping, murdering and others. Hence, if a person values friendship so much to the point where he is willing to break his principles, then he has done a serious misdeed against himself and will most likely regret his actions later in life.

In short, friendship is the rainbow of life as it colors our horizons with invaluable experiences but without good health, a supportive family and strong principles, life becomes empty and meaningless. In my opinion, it is beyond a shadow of a doubt that I still firmly believe that friendship is not the most valuable thing in life. Our government can encourage people to prioritize health, family and principles in life by organizing awareness campaigns especially in primary schools where the younger generation should learn about priorities in life because they are the leaders of tomorrow.
Answer credited to: Muet My Way

Have a nice practice!


  1. KA YAO!!~ALL the best to u ^^

  2. 哇~曾经我的噩梦!

  3. Good Luck ^^
    wish u at least band 3 yeh ^^

  4. Thanks a lot for the sample answers.It is certain to be a great help to me ^^ do you have more samples to share? :) just... I would be more grareful if there are samples for past year :)


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