The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English language proficiency test, aimed to assess the candidates' ability to study or work in countries where English is used as a dominant language. There are four parts to IELTS - Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. Each component is graded based on a nine-band scale, and an overall band score is generated based on the average. IELTS is recognised worldwide, and is ideal for students looking to enroll in top universities around the world.
As the name suggests, the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) is an English proficiency test intended for Malaysian students. Similar to the IELTS, MUET also has four components, namely Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking. While it used to be a requirement for students sitting for STPM and students attending local universities, most private universities are now accepting MUET as an entry requirement. Compared to IELTS, MUET is considerable more affordable, but IELTS is more widely accepted among universities.
While the use of English in written communication is key, its use in oral communication is equally important, especially in universities where a bulk of your grade comes from presentation after presentation. It is undeniable that the use of technology has hindered oral communication in one way or another, especially in public speaking. Grasping the skill of public speaking is crucial as it comes with many benefits, such as boosting one's self confidence and allowing one to distinguish him/herself from the rest of the crowd.