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5 Tips how to prepare for an English Language Test

1. Read books, magazines and articles in English Test your reading comprehension by picking up a book or magazine, or reading online articles in English. One great way to practice reading in English is to read a translated copy of a book you already know in your native language. There are also versions of classic novels that use simplified vocabulary and grammatical structure to make it easier to understand.

J.K. Rowling's immensely popular Harry Potter books aren't just fun for kids to read, they are also novels that can actually help improve your vocabulary. One of the great things about the language Rowling uses is that the names of spells, people, and places often stem from Latin roots and describe the very thing they're meant to name. The associations to Latin roots can help you better understand the meaning of other similar words.

Some of our personal faves include:

2.Listen to TV showes and movies

Listening comprehension will also be tested on most English exams, and TV shows and films add an extra element of cultural context that is key to learning a new language. Challenge yourself by watching without subtitles in your native language. If you’re really struggling, turn on subtitles in English to help and improve your reading comprehension.

Look for classic movies or TV shows that depict life in English-speaking countries. And make sure to choose something that reflects your taste so you want to keep watching. You can even choose a reality TV show to learn modern slang words. Some of our personal faves include: · Friends

· The Office

· Game of Thrones

· Notting Hill

· Clueless

· The Wizard of Oz

3.Listen to podcasts or radio Mix up your listening comprehension by trying out a podcast or radio show in English. Removing the visual cues makes this slightly more difficult than watching TV or movies, and is more likely the format you’ll encounter on an actual English examination.

While there are seemingly endless podcasts in English to choose from, start with a podcast designed for English language learners. These often include short lessons, discussion of grammar or other common English questions, or simplified stories or conversations. 4.Change your smartphone’s language to English Since learning a language is all about surrounding yourself with it, why not start with your smartphone? Change your phone and social media languages to English - you’ll be amazed by how many new words you pick up that you can use in everyday life!

Many of us use our phones frequently throughout the day, so translating the language to English will increase your exposure without you even realizing it. Sure, it may feel strange at first but you’ll be surprised by how quickly you get used to it and how many new words you pick up. 5.Get organized Get organized. Make a schedule and work. Try and get rid of all distractions, and make sure you feel as comfortable and able to focus as possible. Some of us need everything completely tidy and organized in order to concentrate, while others thrive in a more cluttered environment. Think about what works for you, and take the time to get it right.

Study a little each day and give your brain a break every 45 minutes. Avoid cramming the night before – it’s not the way to guarantee a good mark. Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout your revision, and also on the exam day.


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