Exam preparation

Course Contents
09:15-12:05: During the first three lessons of the day the work done in class is based around a specialist IELTS coursebook and supplementary material is also used, particularly from authentic sources such as newspapers. The syllabus includes a range of topics which are relevant to the test. On this course you will study the four skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening – as they relate to the academic IELTS test, as well as specific task types necessary to do well in the test.
Afternoon Lessons: Options can be added to the IELTS course too: lots of students take extra Speaking & Listening, Grammar & Writing and/or Wordpower lessons. For more information please contact us.

IELTS Pre-Test
If you decide to take an IELTS preparation course, we will send you an entry test to decide if you have the appropriate level to join the course. Please contact us for more details.

How to Book the IELTS Exam
The schools are not test centres and only provide IELTS preparation courses. The exam itself can be taken at a separate test centre in London, Oxford, Brighton or Bournemouth. We are able to advise students on where to take the exam and help with filling out the IELTS application form, but students need to book and pay the exam centre directly.
The exam usually needs to be booked at least 1 month in advance. Please note the exam centres are very busy in the summer period so it is advisable to book as early as possible.

For more information about the test, please see the official IELTS website.

The Cambridge First Certificate is an exam which tests English at an Upper-Intermediate level. The exam covers writing, reading, grammar, listening and speaking. Courses with our UK schools will prepare you for all these different parts of the exam. In addition you will do a lot of work on areas of general English, so you certainly will not spend all your time doing practice exams! At the end of the course we want you to pass the exam but also to have learned a lot of English and to have enjoyed your stay.

Course Contents
09:15-12:05: Specialist coursebook class which focuses on exam practice techniques.

12:25-13:15: Speaking & Listening which is an extra opportunity for fluency practice.

The intensive FCE4 programme includes an extra 5 lessons which are taken on 2 afternoons per week from 14:15 to 16:35.

The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English is an exam that tests English at an Advanced level. It is a practical course relating to the world of work rather than academic purposes.

To gain entry to the course you should have achieved a level of English equivalent to Grade C or above at First Certificate level (TOEFL level at least 500 points).

All students who apply to do the course will be given a test to decide if their starting level is appropriate. The test also serves as a needs analysis, which enables the teacher to compile material to work on specific needs of the students in the class. Every month tutorials are held to assess progress and also to decide which areas need to be worked on.

The exam covers writing, reading, grammar, listening and speaking, and the course at our UK schools will prepare you for all these different parts of the exam. The course works across the skills base and concentrates on English in use. Looking at past papers and work from a number of recommended books. The aim of the course is to give the student the necessary grounding to enable them to pass the exam, and also to have learned a lot of English. As in any exam the final outcome depends on student’s motivation throughout the course.

Course Contents
09:15-12:05: Specialist coursebook class which focuses on exam practice techniques.

12:25-13:15: Speaking & Listening which is an extra opportunity for fluency practice.

The intensive CAE4 programme includes an extra 5 lessons which are taken on 2 afternoons per week from 14:15 to 16:35.

Pre-Test
If you decide to take a First Certificate or an Advanced course we will send you an entry test to decide if you have the appropriate level to realistically pass the exam. This needs to be returned to us 2 weeks before the course start date.

Acceptance on the course is subject to the result of this and an oral exam, which will be given on the first day. The test is also a needs analysis, which enables the teacher to compile material to work on the special needs of the students in the class. Every month tutorials are held to assess progress and also to help you and teacher decide which areas must be worked on.

Regular Assessment & Mock Exams
In addition to regular assessment during the course, you will also do at least one complete practice exam of all five exam papers. Our UK academic schools will also coach you through the practice interview and offer you help, support and expert tips for the big day.

Please Note
Exam preparation classes may include non-exam students of the same level. Some parts of the exam may be taken before the end of the course. For more information about the Cambridge exams, please see the University of Cambridge website.