Many of our students come through our doors looking to prepare themselves for an English exam. Cambridge and TOEFL exams are often required by universities, companies or governments who require an English qualification for citizenship. Whatever the reason for your wanting to do an exam course, there are a few steps you can take to better your chances of success. Here, we discuss a few of the factors that influence your capability:
A B2 LEVEL OF ENGLISH
Regardless of the exam, be it First Certificate, Advanced Certificate, TOEFL or IELTS, it is important to note that you will be required to possess a B2 (Upper-Intermediate) level of English. The exam material is challenging, and a good foundation of English will help you to go into the exam preparation course as a capable student. Fortunately, Interlink offers English courses starting from A1. So if your end goal is an accredited exam qualification, it is best to complete courses that will bring your English up to the B2 level. Once you have achieved the B2 level, you will be able to enter your exam course and benefit from the training.
Another important factor to consider when applying for an exam preparation course is your expectation. What are your expectations of the course? What do you expect to accomplish? How much of a role does the teacher play in your success? How much of a role do you play in your success? These are all questions you should be asking yourself before signing up for an exam course – it is important for you to go into the course with the right frame of mind.
As mentioned in the previous point, your expectations need to be clear. The reason for this is that many students feel that simply attending classes is enough to get them through the exam. While attending classes is vital, the amount of time you dedicate to self-study is also very important. Once you sign up for the course, make a time-table for yourself that will allow for about 2 hours of independent study per day.
The time you allocate for self-study each day needs to include a plan of which areas of the English language you are going to focus on. Reading is essential as it helps you to learn new vocabulary, correct sentence structuring, and observe mixed grammatical constructions. Writing independently will also help you to assess your own ability to produce English correctly.
Now that we have discussed what you will need to expect from yourself, we can move onto what you can expect from the classroom. The exam preparation classes are very structured, and the teacher is there to assist you with all relevant questions. The teacher also provides information on writing structures, listening and reading techniques, and speaking according to exam requirements. Speaking is where your teacher is your biggest asset. Intonation and pronunciation is what determines whether you are understood by other native English speakers, and this is where your teacher helps you to correct your own speech so that you can acquire the skills similar to that of a native speaker. Your teacher can also provide corrections for you and explain contexts in all of the material.
If you are thinking of signing up for an exam course, please click here to follow through to the registration process.