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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How to speak perfect English

At first sight, English seems to be an easy language.
But when you try to speak in English it’s when you change your mind about English as an “easy language”.

Because of that, I recommend you to stop right now and ask yourself the next questions…

  • Would you like to know why English sounds English?
  • Which are the basic “ingredients” that make English to sound like it sounds?
  • What do you have to do in order to speak perfect English?

 
How to speak perfect English

 

The Ingredients That Make English To Sound English

After reading and listening to many English materials, I gathered up the basics rules that native English speakers use in a natural and unconscious way when they speak.

I share with you a brief summary of these “ingredients” that are going to help you to improve and at the end speak perfect English.

If you want to “sound” English when you speak you have to know how to…

  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

By knowing these basic rules you are not going to speak perfect English overnight. But you are going to work your English speaking skill in the best direction.
Try to have this list of “ingredients” at sight and check it often.

NOTE: This post is only a brief summary about the ingredients that are going to help you to speak perfect English. In the future I’m going to write more posts about all these topics.

 

What Can You Do To Speak Perfect English?

Keep in mind that all the previous “ingredients” are intertwined. They don’t work independently but together.

But don’t feel overwhelmed. You have to work them one by one and step by step.
You are going to integrate all the ingredients naturally as you keep working them.
Be patient because to speak perfect English is not an easy task.

From now on…

  • Find more information and examples about every one of these ingredients.
  • Whenever you listen to English try to feel these ingredients.
  • Whenever you speak English try to focus on one ingredient at a time.

 

Compare English With The Other Languages You Speak

Now that you know the ingredients that makes English to sound like it sounds…

  1. Don’t try to apply the patterns and rules that you use in your native tongue when you speak in English. Every language has its own different patterns and rules.
  2.  

  3. Try to separate English from the others tongues you speak.
    You have to switch your mind whenever you switch languages.
    – When you speak in Spanish your mind has to be in Spanish mode.
    – When you speak Chinese your mind has to be in Chinese mode.
    and then…
    – When you speak in English your mind has to be in English mode.
  4.  

  5. Try to compare other languages you speak with English.
    Why do they sound different?
    Every language sounds how it sounds because of its own “ingredients”.

 

And Remember…

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– Did I miss any ingredient?
– How do you work your speaking skill?
…all your comments are very welcome!!!

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