More and more students plan to work or study using English and need to take an internationally recognised exam. Whether the students need Academic English, Business English or General English, it is important that they select the exam that best suits their individual needs and interests. Language schools play a key role in providing up-to-date information and helpful advice to students in order to ensure they choose the exam that meets their requirements and is achievable. Read more
Sitting for an exam can be a nerve-wracking experience even for those mature and skilled students who have experienced this many times over. Butterflies do have a habit of getting the better of us but a positive approach remains essential for exam success. We have to keep in mind that an exam is primarily a showcase of what we have learnt and how we have grown academically during the preceding study period. Read more
Exam preparation courses are demanding and can quickly become very stressful. Focused and well prepared students will have a better chance of making the most of their experience.
Language qualifications are a proof of a student’s language skills. They are usually a requirement for university entry or jobs. But exams also serve another purpose: “they are motivating and they give students a goal” (Bianca Obermaier, Good Hope Studies). Students are much more likely to be successful if they are focused and know what they want to get out of the course.
Here are a few useful tips for students before enrolling on a language exam preparation course.
Exam preparation courses can be a good choice, even for students who do not specifically need the certificate. It is both a motivating and a useful way to learn a language, as students get a certificate to prove their level of proficiency at the end of the course.
However, students are far more likely to be successful in an exam if they have a clear idea of what they’re getting into. I asked three of our experienced exam preparation teachers, Sharon McCall, Jerome Murray and Kate Morgan, What key advice would you give to students taking an exam course?. These are their ideas:
A pathway programme must achieve two aims – it must enable the student to get a place at the best university for them, and it must prepare them for their degree studies when they get there. Read more
Escuela de Idiomas Nerja offers specialised Spanish courses for preparing the DELE (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) exams and the Cámara de Comercio de Madrid (Madrid Chamber of Commerce) official exams.
La Escuela de Idiomas Nerja ofrece cursos de español especializados para la preparación de los exámenes DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) y los exámenes oficiales de la Cámara de Comercio de Madrid.
There are a variety of formal English language exams on offer, all with a different focus or different areas of the language being tested. IELTS, for example, has two different versions. The General Training version is often taken for employment or immigration purposes, while the Academic version is usually used to assist with entry to a further or higher education course. There are some exams, such as TOEIC and BEC, that have a Business English focus, and some exams, such as the Cambridge Suite, that are graded to particular proficiencies of English. Once you have determined which exam is suitable for you and your objectives, as well as your current level of English, it’s time to start preparing. Read more
Preparing for an exam, whether it’s to help you get into a university, qualify for a job, or as a personal challenge you’ve set for yourself, can seem like a daunting task. In our many years of experience of preparing students for various exams, there are a few tips that will help make the process easier and slightly less stressful! Read more
In an IALC language school such as WSE you have the advantage of studying English in a friendly, hard-working environment, being taught by dedicated, professional teachers. It gives you the opportunity of settling into British life, getting used to the language and customs (and the weather!) before studying in the more challenging environs of a university, having to cope with the extra demands of an undergraduate or post-graduate course. Read more