how to prepare for an English exam

How to prepare for an English exam

If you’re looking for information about how to prepare for an English exam, this post is going to be really useful.
I want to share with you a course that’s going to make the difference if you’re about to take an English test any time soon.

The course I’m going to talk about is a Mooc.

 
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What A Mooc Is In 5 Sentences?

The word “Mooc” stands for Massive Open Online Course.
Moocs are offered by prestigious universities and organizations.
You can take them online.
They’re free.
There’re thousands of students from around the world in every Mooc.

Now that you know what a Mooc is, let me introduce you to the course…

 

Understanding The Ielts Exam

The Mooc I’m talking about is offered by the British Council:
Understanding IELTS: Techniques For English Language Test

I’ve been checking it and I do recommend it to you. It’s indeed one of the best resources you can use if you’re looking for How to prepare for an English exam.

Through this MOOC you are going to:
Know exactly what to expect in the IELTS exam.
Practice the same exercises as the ones in the exam.
Improve your Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing skills.

 

Why I Do Recommend This Mooc?

I think that this Mooc is useful far beyond the IELTS exam preparation because:

If you’re taking an IELTS exam anytime soon:
It’s the perfect tailor-made training for you.

If you’re taking another English exam instead of the IELTS:
It’s still a very valuable resource for you because almost all the English test have a very similar structure.

Even if you won’t take any English exam at all:
This MOOC still offers you a lot of useful resources. It’s a valuable tool to improve your Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing skills with.

 
Check this Mooc out!
Are you going to enroll?
This Mooc helps to know How to prepare for an English exam?
All your comments are very welcome!!!

 

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The 8 basic pillars of your English exam success

If you are studying for an English exam, I highly recommend you to check the next 8 key points to assure your English exam success.

If you know these 8 basic pillars and you think about them before taking your exam, you are going to…

  • Feel more confident.
  • Make sure that you only focus on your exam.
  • Avoid mistakes or misunderstandings at the last minute.

 
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Let’s see what you have to know about the exam you are going to take…

1. What Are The Basic Rules?

If you know the exam basic rules beforehand, the moment you enter the exam room you are going to:

  • Avoid breaking any rule that can penalize you.
  • Be aware of what you can or can’t do.
  • Don’t lose precious time asking about basic questions or doubts.

 

2. What Materials Do You Need?

In order to make the most of your exam and at the same time to follow the rules, you have to know beforehand:

  1. What you do have to take with you in the exam room.
  2. What isn’t allowed to bring in the exam room.

As an example:

  • Can you use a paper dictionary during the exam?
  • Can you use any digital device?
  • Are you allowed to use white-out?

 

3. What Are The Most Common Errors?

It’s a good idea to also check the most common mistakes that students usually make in the exam you are going to take.

If you are aware of these usual errors, you are more likely going to avoid them.

Examples of common mistakes:

  • You write the answers on a draft and at the last minute completely forget to transcribe them in the exam paper you deliver to the examiner.
  • You left blank answers although there is no penalization for mistakes.

 

4. Do You Know In Detail Every Part Of The Exam?

You need to know in how many parts the exam is divided.
You also have to know exactly what tasks are you going to face in every one of these parts.

 

5. How Much Available Time Do You Have To Finish Every Task?

For every task you need to know exactly how much time you have to accomplish it.
Apart from knowing these timings, before the exam you also need to simulate every task more than once in order to be sure that you are at ease with the timings.

Be aware that a lot of people fail in exams not because they don’t have the required level, but because they weren’t able to achieve the tasks in the right timings.

 

6. What They Really Expect From You?

You have to be smart and know beforehand what they really expect of you.

When you are asked to write a text of 500 words, the examiners don’t only look for a 500 long words text with no basic grammatical or spelling mistakes.
They are also looking for a text that shows that you master the English language by using correctly:

  • Text structures
  • Well build sentences
  • Appropriate English tenses
  • A variety of vocabulary
  • Phrasal verbs and idioms
  • Synonyms
  • …among many others…

By that I mean that you have to really show your level to your examiners.

 

7. Forget About Stress

While it’s very common to feel really stressed when taking an exam, stress is always your worst companion.
Once you start your exam, apart from giving the best of yourself,  just forget about negative thinkings like…

  • Did I work enough for the exam?
  • Is my current English level enough to pass the exam?
  • Am I going to fail?

You have to think that once the exam start there’s nothing more to complaint or worry about.

Just think that you have nothing to lose and a lot to win –> An English certificate.

 

8. Beat Up Your Shyness

Don’t let your shyness mask your real English level. Specifically in the speaking part of any English exam, you have to show the best of your English level and shyness is your worst enemy.
You have to think that the instructors are here to evaluate your English level and not you. Then let your shyness at home.
Think that examiners sympathize with you because they know and value all the hard work that represents to take an exam.
 

 Now you can feel more confident about your English exam success!!!

 

And Remember…

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– What exam are you going to take?
– What other things do you think are important to check before the exam?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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My English exam preparation – March

This is the third post of a series where I’m sharing with you how I’m preparing, month after month, for an English exam (CAE).

Let’s see in detail what I did during March and what I’m going to do in April…

 
My English exam preparation-March

 

My English Exam Preparation In March

How did I work my English during the third month of the year?

1. Speaking skill…
I finished looking for and gathering the basics rules I have to work in order to improve my English speaking level.
This is a brief summary of the 10 basic rules or “Ingredients“ I have to master if I want to improve your English speaking skill.

  1. Pronounce the different sounds that produce the 5 vowels and 21 consonants.
  2. Stress the right syllable in words.
  3. Stress the right words in sentences.
  4. Use the different intonation patterns correctly.
  5. Cut long sentences into smaller “thought groups” when you speak.
  6. Use connected speech.
  7. Use reduced speech.
  8. Use the SCHWA sound.
  9. Use contractions.
  10. Never drop word endings and pronounce them correctly

You can find more information on my post… How to speak perfect English.

Once I know everything I have to work in order to improve my speaking, it’s time to start to work more specifically on every “ingredient”.

2. Learning Phrasal verbs…
After starting to work on phrasal verbs, I think that memorizing endless lists of phrasal verbs is not the best option.
Instead of, I’m using a strategy that’s going to help me to internalize and use naturally phrasal verbs.
I write a sentence with a new phrasal verb every day. I also write another sentence with all the phrasal verbs I learned during the previous days.
You can find more information on my post…The most effective strategy to learn phrasal verbs.

3. Learning Idioms…
I only could gather some of the basic idioms with samples. At first, I’m going to start reading them and lately I’m going to look for a way to internalize them like I’m currently doing with phrasal verbs.

4. Gathering specific information about the exam…
I didn’t have enough time to look for more specific information about the exam. I’m going to leave this task for the next months.
I didn’t fulfill this task but as I’m working hard every day I don’t see it as a failure.

5. Informal work…
I’m keep doing a lot of informal English work every day. I try to add as much informal work as possible in my daily live.

All this informal work is helping me to improve my English level even without noticing it.

 

What I’m Going To Do In April

1. Speaking skill…
I’m going to work very specifically on every one of the 10 basic ingredients of the English speaking skill.

2. Shadowing technique…
I’m going to work every day on the Shadowing technique with the more suitable material for my current level.

I’m going to try to do it daily even if it’s only for 5 minutes. The most important is to work it every day no matter for how many time.

2. Recording my voice while speaking in English…
I’m also going to start recording myself while using the shadowing technique. To record my voice is something that I had avoided unconsciously for a long time because I don’t like to hear myself talking in English because of my bad English level. Let see how it works…

3. Keep learning Phrasal verbs and Idioms…
I’ll keep learning Phrasal verbs. I’m currently doing it for 30 days in a row. I’ll tell you about how it works for me at day 30.
I’m also going to start reading Idioms to see how I can learn them.

That’s all for March. More about my improvement in the next post of the series…

 

And Remember…

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– If you are currently preparing for an exam…
– If you want to take an exam in the future…
… All your comments are very welcome!!!

Go To: My English exam preparation report in… January, February, March

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