A lot of candidates get lost when preparing for their English exams – and rightly so; it’s really confusing! So, what’s the best test preparation method and how does it work?
Some candidates just do practice tests. This is wrong. Some candidates just want ‘tips’ and ‘strategies’. This is wrong.
There is a “Test Preparation Cycle” that candidates need to follow to maximize their scores
Test Preparation Tips: Skill building
If candidates are getting low scores then they will need to learn (or refresh) their fundamental English skills including:
English exams are just that: a test of English. There is no way to hide a small vocabulary, poor grammar or incomprehensible pronunciation. E2Language.com has 100s of lessons on vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation, including E2Pronounce – our very own pronunciation practice app:
Test Preparation Tips: Test strategy
Check out our PTE “Secrets for Success” Youtube series:
Test Preparation Tips: Test practice
Of course, candidates need to practice all the test tasks and questions types. E2Language.com has simulated all tasks and question types, including the PTE, in terms of technology AND difficulty. We have dozens of auto- and teacher-graded practice questions.
Test Preparation Tips: Expert feedback
Without expert feedback students will not know how to improve, especially with speaking and writing. Candidates need an expert (not a friend) to tell them what they are doing incorrectly and what they need to do to improve.
A single tutorial with an E2Language.com test expert is 15 x more effective and efficient than classroom learning. One expert tutorial will take 15 hours in a classroom.
How many “Test Preparation Cycles” candidates need to complete before they get the scores they need depends on their current level of English. If candidates are low-level, then they may need to focus on skill building for a period of months. If they are close to achieving the score they want, then they may only need to do one or two cycles.
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