ENGLISH EXAM PREPARATION COURSE
WHAT IS THE ENGLISH EXAM PREPARATION COURSE?
The English exam preparation course provides the necessary tools to achieve all the major internationally recognized English tests. Among the most important English exam there are the Cambridge exams such as FCE, CAE, CPE and IELTS.
CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH EXAM
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CAMBRIDGE EXAMS?
The Cambridge tests, also known as ESOL exams (English for Speakers of other Languages), from the University of Cambridge in England, evaluate the level of spoken and written English from non-native speakers who are required to demonstrate their English for studying or working. The Cambridge exams are popular among students because of their international recognition and prestige.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN CAMBRIDGE EXAMS?
The main Cambridge exams are:
- FCE (First Certificate in English)
- CAE (Cambridge English Advance )
- CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency)
FCE – FIRST CERTIFICATE ENGLISH
WHAT IS THE FCE
The Cambridge First Certificate exam (FCE) prepares students to make use of English perfectly at work and in everyday situations up to an upper intermediate level (B2)
WHY SHOULD I TAKE THE FCE EXAM?
Preparing for the First Certificate English test will help you to:
Work in an English speaking environment. Communicate effectively to study in English. Learn the skills needed to succeed in your career
WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF FCE EXAM?
The FCE exam is divided into 4 parts:
READING AND USE OF ENGLISH – 75 MINUTES
Assesses the ability to understand different types of texts such as newspapers, magazines or fiction in addition to the knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. It has 7 parts and 52 questions.
WRITING – 80 MINUTES
It is divided in two parts where the student must write two texts which can be letters, reports or short stories.
LISTENING – 40 MINUTES
Assesses the ability to understand news programs and talks in English. It has 4 parts and 30 questions.
SPEAKING – 14 MINUTES
The speaking test is divided into 4 parts and assesses the ability to communicate in face-to-face situations.
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CAE – CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH ADVANCE EXAM
WHAT IS THE CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH ADVANCE EXAM?
The Cambridge English Advance exam (CAE) prepares students to understand complex situations and speak English fluently at a higher level (C1)
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ADVANTAGES OF THE CAE EXAM?
CAE exam can help you to:
- Gain a globally recognized qualification.
- Demonstrate the ability to perform complex investigations in English.
- To demonstrate the effective use of English at a professional level.
- Develop your skills while working on a English speaking country.
STRUCTURE OF THE CAE EXAM:
CAE Exam is divided in four parts:
READING AND USE OF ENGLISH – 90 MINUTES
Assesses the ability to understand fluent texts from newspapers, magazines or fiction through various exercises in grammar and vocabulary. It consists of 8 parts and 56 questions.
WRITING – 90 MINUTES
The written exam consists of two parts. The candidate must write two texts that can be essays, letters or reports.
Listening- 40 MINUTES
Assesses the candidate’s ability to understand different materials such as interviews, presentations, radio and conversations. The exam consists of 4 parts and 30 questions.
SPEAKING – 15 MINUTES
In this part of the examination the candidate must demonstrate the ability to maintain face-to-face conversations with fluency. This part of the exam consists of 4 parts and it is assessed in pairs of students.
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CPE – CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH PROFICIENCY EXAM
WHAT IS THE CPE EXAM?
The CPE or Cambridge Proficiency English is the most advanced of the Cambridge exams. This test demonstrates that the candidate has a considerably advanced level (C2) of English proficiency.
ADVANTAGES OF TAKING THE CPE
The Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) exam helps candidates to:
- Get a globally recognized qualification.
- Join the best English-speaking universities.
- Improve their English language skills to a more advanced level.
- Achieve success in the professional field.
HOW IS THE CPE EXAM STRUCTURED?
The CPE is structured in 4 parts
READING AND USE OF LANGUAGE – 90 MINUTES
Assesses the ability to understand texts fluently for example newspapers, manuals and books of fiction and non-fiction. It has 7 parts and 53 questions.
WRITING- 90 MINUTES
In this part of the exam candidates must write essay type texts and reports to demonstrate their skills when writing. The exam has 2 parts.
Listening- 40 MINUTES
Candidates are required to demonstrate their ability to understand interviews, speeches and conferences. The exam consists of 4 parts and 30 questions.
SPEAKING – 16 MINUTES
Candidates must demonstrate their ability to converse and communicate in face to face situations. This part of the exam consists of 3 parts and it is assessed in pairs of students.
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INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM
WHAT IS THE IELTS EXAM?
Academic and General Education IELTS EXAM
IELTS is an internationally recognized English test that prepares students to get into Universities and find Jobs.
The test provides two modules:
- ACADEMIC: To study for Undergraduate, Graduate or Professional records.
- GENERAL EDUCATION: To migrate to an English speaking country. Example: Ireland or England. It is also aimed for students in lower-level courses.
HOW CAN THE IELTS TEST BENEFITS YOU?
The IELTS exam helps students to:
- Get an international recognized certificate for admission to universities and jobs.
- Demonstrate your ability to understand English.
- Facilitate emigration to an English-speaking country in order to study or work
IELTS TEST STRUCTURE
The IELTS exam is divided into 4 parts:
Listening- 30 MINUTES – 4 Parts / 40 Questions
The academic and general listening tests are the same.
First and Second Part: assesses the candidate’s ability to understand everyday situations.
Third and Fourth Part: Assesses the degree of understanding of the candidate in the area of training and education. The candidate will hear different accents like the British, Australian, North American and New Zealand among others.
READING – 60 MINUTES – 3 Parts
Demonstrate the ability to understand texts of books, newspapers or magazines. The topics are of interest to undergraduate and graduate students.
Texts may contain diagrams, charts or illustrations.
General Training Reading:
Part One: The candidate must demonstrate the ability to understand reading newspapers or advertisements.
Part Two: Focus on texts related to jobs and job descriptions, contracts and job training.
Part Three: Evaluate the ability of the candidate to understand longer texts that are descriptive and informative.
WRITING- 60 MINUTES – 2 Parts
Part One: Describe visual information as graphs or diagrams in 150 words.
Part Two: Discuss a point of view, argument or problem. Write about 250 words in 40 minutes.
Writing General Training:
Part One The candidate must write an explanatory letter of 150 words in 20 minutes.
Part Two: Discuss a point of view, the problem and / or arguments using 250 words in 40 minutes.
SPEAKING – 11/14 MINUTES – 3 Parts
Candidates must demonstrate their ability to communicate face to face situations.