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Cambridge Exam Preparation

The Cambridge Exam Preparation programme includes 30 hours of tuition per week, and provides students with the necessary skills and strategies to achieve success in either the B2 First (formally FCE) or the C1 Advanced (formally CAE), qualifications used and trusted by employers and universities around the world.

The course follows the structure of the Octorial Programme with sessions dedicated to exam techniques, including strategies for answering different types of questions and time management within the exam. Mock tests are completed under the guidance of a tutors to familiarise you with the format of the papers as well as under timed, exam conditions to track your progress. The small class sizes and proximity to tutors creates an environment where you are constantly challenged. Homework is set to promote independent learning outside of the classroom and tutors provide advise on revision strategies to suit your learning style. The programme equips you not only with the skills required to pass the exam but also to excel in academic and professional life.

By the end of the examination preparation course, students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively and coherently face-to-face
  • Produce a wide variety of texts in coherent English, including reports, stories and letters
  • Express different points of view
  • Present arguments
  • Follow a course at university level

The Cambridge exams

B2 First Certificate in English (FCE)

  • Demonstrates the student has the necessary English skills to live/work in an English speaking country or study a course taught in English
  • Exam length – around 3.5 hours
  • Accepted at many international institutions, including University of Amsterdam, Deloitte, HSBC and Marks and Spencers, Ernst and Young and StudyPortals
  • Accepted for entry to foundation/pathway/pre-sessional courses

C1 Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE)

  • An in-depth qualification aimed at students with a high level of English who wish to study or work in an English speaking country
  • Exam length – around 4 hours
  • Accepted at University of Oxford, University of Sydney, University of Idaho, Accenture, Nestlé and StudyPortals
  • Entry requirements vary depending on each university, however usually an overall score of 169 is required for undergraduate courses, and 176 for postgraduate courses.

Enhanced Cambridge Exam Preparation

The Exam Preparation Programme is supplemented with one-to-one lessons with a personal tutor. Tutorials are intensive and focused allowing students to focus on exam content and personal drills. The one-to-one sessions may include in-depth feedback on a mock exam, mock oral exams, development of the core language and grammar skills or coaching in written exercises.

Cambridge Exam Preparation

Sample day

15 mins Plenary session

60 mins Accuracy in Grammar and Structure – Exam Focus

60 mins Spoken Performance Workshop: Speaking with Impact – Exam Focus

60 mins Comprehension and Vocabulary – Exam Focus

60 mins  Team Project

60 mins Composition and Text Analysis – Exam Focus

60 mins Mentored Dissertation: Skills Workshop – Exam Focus