Simple Strategies for English Exams
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Ben’s CAE Tips
I have developed strategies for each part of the Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening and Speaking sections. My tips will help you find the correct answers quickly, stay focused during the exam and ultimately get the best score possible.
Ben’s IELTS Tips
The IELTS rewards students who understand the questions and think strategically. On the other hand, mistakes can be very costly. With my tips, you can avoid losing any unnecessary points while maximising your score on the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking tests.
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Now that you have a strategy for time management during the Use of English section of the exam, let’s look at exactly how to approach part 5. Remember, this is the only section of the exam where you can get one point even if your answer is not 100% correct (in that case you will get two points). This...
The Use of English is a tricky part of the exam and you can improve your score by using good time management. You have 60 minutes to complete the five parts of this section of the exam. First, let’s look at how many points are available in each part of this paper: Part 1: 12 questions, 12 points Part...
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