Examiner Approved Tips
For each section of the test, our examiners have compiled their top tips to help you perform your best in each component of the test.
- At the beginning of each section read the
questions for that section carefully, before
the recording starts. This will help you
to follow the recording and identify the
- Listen carefully for clues as to which stage
of the recording you are listening to, e.g.
words such as ‘firstly’, ‘my next point’, ‘to
sum up’. These words will help you
identify which question you have reached.
- To improve your performance in the
Reading test you need to practice reading
a variety of English texts. This will help you
develop the ability to read quickly as is
required under test conditions.
- The texts included in the Reading
test always contain the information you
need to answer the question. You won’t
have to use your own knowledge of a
- Be careful to use your own words because
the examiner will not include words copied
from the question in the word count.
- Make your position or point of view
as clear as possible in your essay for
Academic Writing Task 2. Your last
paragraph should be a conclusion which is
consistent with the arguments you have
included in your essay.
- In the lead up to the Speaking test, make
sure you take the time to practise speaking
English – with friends, at work and on the
phone. You should also consider recording
yourself, so that you are confident
speaking English during your test.
- There are no right or wrong answers in the
Speaking test. The examiner will assess
you on how well you can express your
ideas and opinions in good English
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