Thank you for the invaluable help you provided. I had just one week to prepare for the test and I'm sure that, with your help, I was able to do much more than those who have been working for months. --Joseph (achieved IELTS Band 8)

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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CAE Use of English Part 5 detailed tips

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...

CAE Use of English time management

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...

The speech accent archive

The speech accent archive is a project run by Stephen H. Weinberger at the George Mason University Program of Linguistics.  He and his colleagues and students have collected and phonetically transcribed hundreds of speech samples from English native speakers and learners from around the world.  Everyone reads the same short script so you can really hear the differences in...

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About Ben

Your personal exams coach

I received my MA TEFL/TESL from the University of Birmingham in 2015 and my TEFL certificate in Dublin in 2007.   I have taught all levels of students but I have been primarily interested in upper-intermediate and advanced students and exam coaching since 2008.  I have prepared classes and private students for the FCE, CAE, IELTS, TOEFL and CPE....

A site for independent learners

I am a passionate believer in independent learning.  But this doesn’t mean learning alone.  It means that we choose what is important to us and what we are going to concentrate on and then we find a way to achieve these goals.  And usually, we go to other people for help.  That’s why I made this site, to help...

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