A Twitter user wanted a partner with a MUET band 4 or higher.
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A single and looking 24yo man recently cast his net for a dating partner on Twitter, but that wasn’t the surprising thing.
Other than the usual criteria of age and personality, Twitter user Arjuna also wanted someone with an English proficiency of MUET band 4 and above.
Although Arjuna also stated that this is optional, the internet has become divided over this unusual academic requirement.
The Malaysian University English Test (MUET) is a test of English language proficiency, largely used for public university admissions in Malaysia.
The bands go from 1.0 to 5+, with band 4 being akin to a “B2” grade and showing an “independent” proficiency in the English language.
Some find the requirement classist
I don’t feel comfortable with the ‘I don’t date men who’s not smart / cannot speak english, not my level’ talk right now… Too classist for my taste..— Suraya | suraya.eth (@surayaror) November 2, 2022
Tak sekufu tu dah la don’t have to insult people who didn’t get as good education, you know?
If you think “effective communication” means you & yr partner need to speak the same language (e.g English), then find someone who can speak English fluently. There are ppl who can speak English fluently even if she/he never took MUET/didn’t score in MUET. Just saying— 〰️ (@mamma_ell) November 3, 2022
Others agree that language proficiency is needed
muet band 4 pun korang nak bising. i wouldn’t wanna date someone who doesn’t know the difference between “that’s mean” and “that means” jugak lol— deanna (@alprazoIvm) November 2, 2022
If you don’t get why he’s asking for MUET band 4 requirement, you’re probably one of the reason why he came up with such requirement.— Ain (@aincyclopedia) November 3, 2022
Arjuna’s one Tweet has sparked a conversation about communication, language proficiency and its strong correlation to better education and opportunities.
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