WHY IS EXAM PREPARATION IMPORTANT?
Before enrolling into an exam, you should not only study English, but also familiarize with the test format: you need to prepare for the exam you want to register for. It means that you need to know how many parts the exam consists of, what tasks you need to do in which part; you need to consider how much time you have to complete the whole test and what score you need in order to succeed or what score your target university / college / workplace requires. Sitting an exam without any preparation might result in a lower result than expected due to factors, like running out of time or not understanding the tasks.
ENTRY VERSUS EXIT LEVEL
In order to sit an exam, you should be at the exit stage of that level, which means, if you are sitting a B1 exam, you should be familiar with all the topics and grammar structures that are taught at B1 level.
As a consequence, you will result at the entry level of B2 (you are familiar with the B1 syllabus, you can proceed to the next, B2 level). So take the ELT-TUTOR ONLINE LEVEL TEST – It’s free and takes only 20-25 minutes.
BENEFITS OF AN EXAM PREPARATION COURSE
Just a short exam training/simulation course can change the result a whole lot. In exam training, we discuss the structure of the target exam, it’s score system, timing, task types. We learn techniques how to proceed in the exam papers. Exam simulation simply means sitting sample tests under exam-like conditions, with a timer and then discuss the test results. This latter should come after exam training. They together make an exam preparation course.
FYI (= FOR YOUR INFORMATION)
I have a considerable experience with Cambridge exams (A2 – Key, B1 – Preliminary, B2 – First and C1 – CAE), IELTS and TOEFL. I’ve also obtained excellent results with Italian high school entry tests (liceo linguistico, sezione Cambridge) and succeeded in preparing students for oral interviews of public ‘bandi‘. I’ve been a speaking examiner myself for nearly ten years.
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