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Exams & Preparation

Find useful exam information and teaching ideas for your students.

Developing listening skills for C2 level with free internet resources

It was not that long ago when “listening activities” in the EFL classroom conjured images of CD players that would not work or even cassette players that would chew the cassette in the midst of a test. The material was scarce and prices for cassettes and CDs for textbooks or practice tests were exorbitant. In my early days as a teacher, I quickly learned...

Test preparation needn’t be boring!

What does “test preparation” mean for you? All too often, I suspect, it means working through endless past papers and practice tests. Of course your students need to be familiar with the test format and ready on the day for the kinds of tasks that they will be confronted with, and working through some practice tests under exam conditions is the right way...

Top Tips for Exams and Tests

1) Pens and Pencils Some exams require the use of PENS, while others have to be completed in PENCIL. Make sure you know what you should be using in every paper before you go in. 2) Websites All the major examination boards have websites these days, usually with sample papers and examiners’ reports that you can download. These sites are well worth a...

The effect of speaking topics on candidate performance

One of the claims of language tests administered in Greece is that topical knowledge is not tested so that all candidates may stand the same chance of performing well. However, topical knowledge, especially in the form of intercultural knowledge, is one of the constructs that should be tested according to the CEFR by which all language tests are supposed...

2020 exam updates – a summary

  Cambridge Assessment English has revised its lower level exams to make sure they are up to date with the latest research in language learning and teaching. A2 Key, A2 Key for Schools, B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schools have undergone a thorough review. The new exam formats will start being used from January 2020. The changes...

Speaking in Exam Preparation Classes: Students’ difficulties

    Greece has a strong testing culture since teaching foreign languages is linked with language exams. Students learn foreign languages mainly to get a foreign language certification. The Greek market offers a large number of English Language exams and certifying bodies. All these exams consist of various sections – some evaluate all language skills...

Online registration procedures for all Hellenic American Union examinations

    Online registration procedures for all Hellenic American Union examinations As of September 2018, registration for all examinations administered by the Hellenic American Union Center for Examinations and Certifications (Michigan Language Assessment, Cambridge English, Hellenic American University, ETS) will be handled online through the ORFEAS...