Many of you out there might be getting ready to take an English Proficiency Exam. There are several reasons you might need to do it: professional advancement, further / international education, immigration. The fact of the matter is that most of us do not take tests for fun, so it is safe to say that there is a lot of anxiety involved in taking a test. If that is the case, you might be interested in reading how to improve your odds when writing an exam.
First of all, “know thine enemy”. Learn the ins and outs of whichever test you are taking: how many sections are there? What kinds of questions are asked? How is the test marked? How much time is there for each question?
If you are writing the CELPIP, the first thing you need to know is that it is a computer-based test, that is, it is done entirely in front of a computer, including the speaking component. Are you ready to say your answers into a microphone? You can find more information about the test on their official website.
Second of all, “practice makes perfect”. Well, technically, there is no need to get a perfect score in such tests, there is a benchmark for each purpose or school one is looking into. BUT there is a need to practice. Practice will help you feel confident and ready for any challenge the test might throw at you. And most importantly, by having practiced before the test, you mitigate the chances of being caught off guard by any of the test’s questions. We can help you prepare for CELPIP. Drop us a line to learn more about how we can get you right where you need to be.
Finally, acknowledge the power of a good night of sleep. Lack of sleep can affect your memory, specifically the recall needed for language. Check out this article to learn more about the importance of sleep. The CELPIP, for example, takes around 3 hours and, trust me, it is a helluva lot of time to be sitting in front of the computer under the stress of writing a test. The last thing you need is a “faulty” memory. In order to do your best, you must feel your best.
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