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.

 
The 8 basic pillars of your English exam success
 

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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7 basic questions to choose the right English exam

I share with you the most important questions to think about deeply before deciding to take an exam.

If you think twice about these key points beforehand, you are going to…

  • Choose the right English exam for you.
  • Face your future exam with the best chances to succeed.

Let’s check the basic question to choose the right English exam for you…

 

7 basic questions to choose the right English exam

 

1. Do You Really Need To Take An Exam?

It can seem a stupid question but you need to know if you really need to take an exam.
If you want to learn English just because you like it you maybe don’t need an English certificate.
In the other hand if you really need an English certificate (to apply for a job, a university…) then check the next questions to choose the English exam that fulfills your needs.

 

2. What Specific Exam Do You Need To Take?

Every English exam has some specific characteristics. You need to apply for the right exam, the one that fulfills your needs and expectations.

Be aware that…

  1. Some exams evaluate General English while others can be BusinessAcademic or Medical oriented among others specific fields.
  2. There is also exams that measure all your skills levels, while some other exams are very specific and only measure some of your skills.
    An exam can measure your communication skills, Listening and Speaking skills, but in the other hand leaving aside your Writing and Reading skills.

There is not a perfect or best exam. There is a variety of exams and you have to choose the one that opens the doors you need to be open for a new job, a university, an organization…

 

3. Do You Know That Some Exams Have Score Expiration?

You have to know that the score of some exams only last for some years while others exams have a non expiration score.
This fact is very important because you need to foresee in order to be able to use your exam score while it’s valid.
Don’t take an exam which the score expires in a year when you are going to need it to apply for a university in two years. 🙁

 

4. Do You Have Enough Time To Prepare For An Exam?

You have to be realistic while thinking if you have enough time to study for an exam. If you are short of time to study you maybe have to give up on the idea of taking an exam or just postpone it for later.

 

5. Are You Aware Of Your Current English Level?

This question is basic because before choosing what exam you want to take you need to really now your current level for every English skill.
You are going to lose your time if you apply for an easy exam when you could apply more difficult and more valuable one.
You are also going to lose your time if you apply for an exam too difficult for you because you are heading to failure.
I recommend you to Check the four basic skills before starting to learn and improve your English.

 

6. What Level Do You Have To Reach In Order To Pass The Exam?

Once you know what exam you want to take, you have to be aware of the level they are going to ask you in order to pass your exam!

As an example…

If you apply for the Cambridge English: First Certificate, you have to just prove that you can use everyday written and spoken English for work or study purposes.

But in the other hand, if you apply for the Cambridge English: Proficiency Certificate, you have to prove that you have achieved an extremely high level in English, near native level.

You have to always keep in mind what level they are going to require you in order to pass your exam.

 

7. How Much Time Do You Need To Be Ready To Pass The Exam?

Once you Know…

  1. How much available time do you have to prepare for your exam?
  2. What is your current English level for every skill?
  3. What level do you have to reach in order to pass the exam?

You can work out how much time (weeks, months…) you need to reach the expected level.
Then you can also schedule the date when you are going to take your exam. Doing this you have at your side the main ingredients to succeed!!!

 

And Remember…

7 basic questions to choose the right English exam_
– Are you going to take an exam?
– How are going to prepare for your exam?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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