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OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS: OXFORD TEST OF ENGLISH

  The Oxford English Test from Oxford University Press is a quick and efficient way to obtain English language certification for A2-B2 level and is endorsed by the University of Oxford. The Oxford exam has been developed by experts in English language teaching of the worldly renowned Oxford University Press. Like to the Linguaskill and… Continue reading OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS: OXFORD TEST OF ENGLISH

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CAMBRIDGE EXAM ENGLISH: LINGUASKILL

Linguaskill: The computer adaptive test Just like language learning, language testing is moving online. Cambridge Exam English has introduced the latest of their range of qualifications for learners of English. Part of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Exam English helps millions of people to learn English, as well as proving their English skills through their… Continue reading CAMBRIDGE EXAM ENGLISH: LINGUASKILL

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BRITISH COUNCIL: APTIS

The APTIS is a quick and efficient way to obtain English language certification for A1-C1 level. The APTIS exam has been developed by experts in English language teaching of the worldly renowned British Council. Like to the Linguaskill and Oxford exams, it is an adaptive-test that is completely computer based and supervised by British Council… Continue reading BRITISH COUNCIL: APTIS

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PRELIMINARY (B1): SPEAKING PART 3

Speaking part 3 of the Preliminary B1 speaking exam consists of a long turn, in which candidates must speak for about 1 minute about a topic, using an image. The examiners are evaluating the candidates ability to organise their speech and develop a topic without repetition. They are also focusing on the candidates ability to… Continue reading PRELIMINARY (B1): SPEAKING PART 3

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FCE (B2) SPEAKING PART 1: COMPLEX ANSWERS

In speaking part one of the First Certificate B2, the interlocutor will ask you questions in a type of interview. You, as the candidate, should give a 20-30 second answer in fluent and confident English. It is important to think about how the examiner is assessing you. The examiner will make a first impression of… Continue reading FCE (B2) SPEAKING PART 1: COMPLEX ANSWERS

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FCE (B2) SPEAKING PART 2 – LONG TURN

Long turn (part 2) 3 minutes: In this part of the exam, each candidate must speak individually for 1 minute (do not stop until the examiner says “thank you”) about a question and 2 photos. The candidate needs to compare the images to answer the question using a variety of connectors and complex grammar (passive,… Continue reading FCE (B2) SPEAKING PART 2 – LONG TURN

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OPEN CLOZE (PART 2) USE OF ENGLISH FOR THE FCE (B2) AND CAE (C1)

The First Certicate and Advanced exams from Cambridge Exam English are both similar with regards to their format. For part 2 of the exam you need to fill in the gaps in a text with just one word, Click HERE for an example. The gaps are all based on grammar structures, so you must therefore look at… Continue reading OPEN CLOZE (PART 2) USE OF ENGLISH FOR THE FCE (B2) AND CAE (C1)

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PET (B1): LETTER WRITING

When we write a letter for the B1 exams, you need to make sure that you use the information in the question and respond to the letter. You need a clear introduction (thank the person for the letter) and a clear ending (say goodbye). For a plan of how to write an excellent letter, click HERE… Continue reading PET (B1): LETTER WRITING

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PET (B1) STORY WRITING

In the writing of a story at B1 level you need to follow the instruction and write a letter of 100 words. To get a step by step guide of how to write an excellent story click HERE   Try writing these letters using real exam questions. Remember to plan your answers and check them for… Continue reading PET (B1) STORY WRITING

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FCE (B2) ESSAY WRITING IN PDF

In the FCE (B2) exam you MUST write an essay in the first question of the writing task (HERE). You have about 40 minutes to do this so you should practice against the clock. You have seen a TV documentary about how life has evolved over the past century. Write an essay of 140-190 words:… Continue reading FCE (B2) ESSAY WRITING IN PDF

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CAE (C1 LEVEL) ESSAY QUESTIONS IN PDF

Essay writing should be a fairly simple process, but this is only achieved through practice and organisation. Follow our advice on how to improve your writing HERE and also the different types of essay format HERE. This post contains 5 C1 LEVEL ESSAY QUESTIONS for you to practice at home.   In class you have… Continue reading CAE (C1 LEVEL) ESSAY QUESTIONS IN PDF

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TRINITY ISE III: LISTENING PRACTICE

The listening section of the ISE III (C1 level) Trinity exam has many advantages over its equivalents, but one obstacle in the preparation of this part of the exam is the availability of resources in order to practise it. I would recommend the use of videos on YouTube from ASAP science to be able to… Continue reading TRINITY ISE III: LISTENING PRACTICE

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TRINITY B1 – ISE I

The B1 for Trinity, also known as the ISE I consists of two modules. The first being Reading and Writing and the second Speaking and Listening. The Trinity exams have the same validation as their equivilents (Cambridge etc.), but their are some individual differences that candidates may wish to take into account. AT FIRST LOOK… Continue reading TRINITY B1 – ISE I

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CAE (C1) PART 3: COLLABORATIVE TASK SPEAKING ACTIVITIES

CAE COLLABORATIVE TASKS The third part of the CAE exam is based on interaction with your partner. You need to focus on developing a simple, yet fluent conversation with your partner, in which, the examiner will assess your ability to “initiate and respond, develop a topic, negotiate an outcome”.   There are some simple things… Continue reading CAE (C1) PART 3: COLLABORATIVE TASK SPEAKING ACTIVITIES

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KEY SKILLS FOR LISTENING EXAMS

Listening is possibly the most difficult part of language learning to improve. Students always complain that people speak too fast, but in reality it is not that, it just seems that way because the learner cannot follow the text fast enough; in other words “they listen too slowly”. This post is going to look at… Continue reading KEY SKILLS FOR LISTENING EXAMS