Free Online Practice for English Exams

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Exam English is a preparation website offering tests to practise your reading, listening, writing, speaking, or use of english skills (etc.), spanning from A2 to C2 level. The site includes exam-specific tasks, whether you’re looking to prepare for:

  • Cambridge,
  • IELTS,
  • TOEFL,
  • Pearson, or
  • Trinity (etc.).

Keep calm and study on!

“English Aula” Cambridge Exam Practice

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If you’re looking for Cambridge exam preparation websites where you can practise your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills (especially the first two skills mentioned), I recommend Englishaula.com. While there are lots of free materials you can access, I definitely think the paid subscription is worth your while.

Happy learning!

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Improve Your Writing Skills

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Cambridge English has renovated their Write & Improve website with new premium services for both learners and teachers. You can sign up for a paid subscription to access the new test zone or class view, or you can sign up for a free account to access writing prompts and submit your writing for review.

It’s important to remember that online tools like Write & Improve have a fairly limited capability for correction. They’re never going to give as precise feedback as a real teacher would. Nonetheless, it’s a great way to:

  • continue practising your writing skills at home,
  • re-write drafts based on feedback, and
  • track your progress.

You can choose from Beginner level prompts (A2), Intermediate ones (B1) or Advanced ones (B2). There is a wide variety of writing prompts which are based on similar exam questions, including:

  • notes,
  • letters,
  • emails,
  • reports,
  • articles,
  • reviews,
  • essays, etc.

Happy writing!

English pronunciation: “OUGH” is tough to figure out

Do you know how to pronounce these words ending in OUGH?

There are various ways to pronounce “O-U-G-H” in the English language. This was hilariously demonstrated on the “I Love Lucy” television program by Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) and his wife, Lucy. This funny clip sums up a challenging piece of the English language.

TAGS: pronunciación, OUGH, bough, rough, through, cough, enough, tough

More collocations with TAKE

Take a look at this useful post from American English at State on verb-noun collocations with TAKE.

Tomar asiento                              Hacer un examen

Ducharse                                       Cuidar de (alguien o algo)

Cuidarse (“cuídete mucho!”)       Saludar ante el público

Echar un vistazo                         Coger un taxi

TAGS: colocaciones con el verbo “take”, expresiones con “take”

Games and activities for STARTERS, MOVERS and FLYERS

Here are several links to games and activities for students to review vocabulary and practise for the Cambridge English YLE exams (Starters, Movers and Flyers). You will also find videos on youtube so that students can see the format for the interview (the speaking portion of each exam).

Aquí tenéis enlaces de juegos y actividades para que los alumnos puedan repasar vocabulario y prepararse para los exámenes YLE de Cambridge (Starters, Movers y Flyers). También encontraréis vídeos en youtube para que vean el formato de la entrevista (la parte oral de cada examen).

STARTERS

Pre-A1 level, ages 6-9

STARTERS interview: Speaking exam videos

 


MOVERS

A1 level, ages 9-11

Movers interview: Speaking exam videos


FLYERS

A2 level (ages 11-13)

Flyers interview: Speaking exam videos

TAGS: exámenes Cambridge, Starters, Movers, Flyers, juegos para niños, vocabulario de primaria en inglés, vídeos de la parte oral del examen Cambridge para niños de primaria, exámenes YLE