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:
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
Global Village Hawaii’s key advice to students taking an exam course is to focus on the format and the timing of the exam. Read more
Students at BBELS often ask us to describe the difference between the IELTS and Cambridge Mainsuite exams (FCE, CAE, CPE). Choosing between the different courses is important, especially if your objective is related to future academic studies, sponsorship or national citizenship.
Here’s a guide to help you select the course which will provide you with the best outcome.
I nostri studenti BBELS ci chiedono spesso qual’ è la differenza principale tra l’esame Cambridge e IELTS. (FCE, CAE, CPE). È importante fare la scelta giusta, specialmente se il vostro obiettivo è legato a futuri studi accademici, ad una sponsorizzazione o cittadinanza nazionale.
Di seguito, per aiutarvi a fare la scelta migliore, vi spieghiamo le principali differenze.
The General Medical Council has decided to revise its criteria for assessing knowledge of English amongst its members. What are the implications of these changes which are effective from 18 June 2014? Read more