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Exams & Preparation

Find useful exam information and teaching ideas for your students.

The effect of speaking topics on candidate performance

One of the claims of language tests administered in Greece is that topical knowledge is not tested so that all candidates may stand the same chance of performing well. However, topical knowledge, especially in the form of intercultural knowledge, is one of the constructs that should be tested according to the CEFR by which all language tests are supposed...

Speaking in Exam Preparation Classes: Students’ difficulties

    Greece has a strong testing culture since teaching foreign languages is linked with language exams. Students learn foreign languages mainly to get a foreign language certification. The Greek market offers a large number of English Language exams and certifying bodies. All these exams consist of various sections – some evaluate all language skills...

Test preparation needn’t be boring!

What does “test preparation” mean for you? All too often, I suspect, it means working through endless past papers and practice tests. Of course your students need to be familiar with the test format and ready on the day for the kinds of tasks that they will be confronted with, and working through some practice tests under exam conditions is the right way...

Preparing candidates for the Cambridge English Proficiency exam

  There is a wide range of official free and paid for Cambridge English support materials from Cambridge English Language Assessment and Cambridge University Press, including the coursebook and practice tests and other types of materials in both print and digital formats, such as the teacher handbook and the speaking test preparation pack.   Checklist to...

IELTS: how to crack the Reading test

The content of the Reading component is different for the Academic and General Training testing options but the total amount of time for the completion of this component in both is 60 minutes. Candidates are presented with three passages pertaining to a wide array of subjects of general interest, drawing from work and academic contexts. In this article...

Thoughts on Preparing Candidates for the Cambridge English Exams Speaking and Writing Papers

  I am often asked by teachers given the proximity of exam day what the right balance between exam practice and general language and skills development work should be. What I suspect lies behind this question is that teachers know that learners will keenly set about anything in this period given an exam practice label – keen as they are to see how close...

How to improve our students’ exam results in ESB writing.

How often have we been cornered by an irate parent wanting to know why his child failed the writing part of the exam even though they did very well during the year in the compositions they wrote? The student in question may have passed the exam overall, but the dreaded word ‘fail’ will be the focus of the parent’s concern.    So, how do the examiners...

To "στρες των εξετάσεων" ή το άγχος του αποτελέσματος;

Σύντομα περίπου ένας στους δύο στην χώρα μας θα βρίσκεται σε συνθήκες εξετάσεων. Παραδοσιακά είναι η δυσκολότερη περίοδος της χρονιάς για όλους μας. Ή μήπως, απλώς, δεν έχουμε σκεφτεί ότι δεν θα πρέπει να είναι έτσι; Στο σύντομο άρθρο που ακολουθεί θα εξηγήσω γιατί κατά την γνώμη μου (και πολλών άλλων μάλιστα) δεν θα πρέπει να μας στρεσάρουν οι...