How to prepare


Understanding the format of the test & what to expect on kiểm tra day will help you lớn prepare better for Start your journey by reading these 6 easy steps from what chạy thử to apply for through to lớn what to expect on a chạy thử day.


If you"re planning to book your test, but aren"t sure where to lớn start with your preparation, read on for 6 easy steps khổng lồ get your prep off on the right foot.

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The chạy thử you need to take will depend on whether you plan to lớn work, study or migrate khổng lồ an English-speaking country.

If you are planning to study in higher education or seek professional registration in an English-speaking country, then you will most likely need khổng lồ take Academic test.

On the other hand, General Training if you plan lớn study in higher education, seek vocational training or want lớn migrate to lớn Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the UK.

And exclusive lớn the UK, take Life Skills if you need to:

Apply for a family of settled person visa

Apply for an extension to lớn a family, spouse of partner visa

Apply for indefinite leave to lớn remain or citizenship

Study at undergraduate or post-graduate levels in the UK

Apply for professional registration in the UK Life Skillspage goes into detail as khổng lồ which Life Skills thử nghiệm might apply khổng lồ you based on your circumstances.

Step 2: Familiarise yourself with the test

Once you have narrowed down which chạy thử you need to take, get familiar with it - from the chạy thử format to demo parts & the question types khổng lồ expect. Once you understand the chạy thử format và question types, prepare for kiểm tra day by doing practice tests.

The kiểm tra is made up of four parts - Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing. Eachpart of the testhas different tasks associated with it.

You will need lớn discoverwhat is, the skills that are tested, and what resultsmean.

Once you have gained more knowledge about, you should decide which test is best for you, Academic or General Training.

Step 3: Learn about the question types

Both the Academic và General Training tests are made up of 4 demo parts - Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking. The question types in each part of the chạy thử are different.

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Get familiar with the question types you might encounter in each chạy thử part, & the time assigned khổng lồ completing the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests. And download thefree practice teststo familiarise yourself with the different question types.

Our preparation page has some excellent resources khổng lồ get you started.

Step 4: Understand the band scores

Your results are reported asband scores, which scale from a band 0 to a band 9. Each band score corresponds lớn a level of competence in English. You will receive an overall band score as well as an individual band score for each part of the tests. Band scores are reported in whole and half bands, e.g. 7.0, 8.5.

It"s a good idea to lớn familiarise yourself with what each score means and the marking criteria that examiners mark against for the Speaking và Writing tests.

Our How is marked page has some great information to get you across this.

Step 5: Study and set goals

It is important khổng lồ study for your test, so make using English a habit leading up lớn your test. Setting simple study goals can help you get ahead when preparing for

Some goals you might want to lớn consider:

Familiarise yourself with the band scores

Each band score has a mix of defined marking criteria. examiners use these criteria khổng lồ assess your English-language skills. Knowing exactly what an examiner looks for in a band 7 in your Speaking and Writing tests can help you mix up the best possible study plan.

Asses your English skills

Knowing where you stand within the band scores will help determine where you need the most Progress Checkis a mock chạy thử that gives you indicative band scores for each part of the thử nghiệm as well as official feedback on your performance.

Make English a habit

Practising English every day can make a big difference. Setting aside as little as 5 minutes a day can go a long way - something as simple as reading English web10_news stories, writing a letter khổng lồ a friend or watching English-speaking movies can make a big difference.

Set up a study plan

Put aside some time each day to practise the 4 parts of the test. Mix aside time for tasks that can help you improve - such as:

Read English newspapers, books, journals, advertisements and books

Listen to lớn English-speaking audio books, podcasts, radio and music

Speak to lớn colleagues, friends and family in English

Learn a new word every day or week & practice using it in a sentence

Step 6: Know what to expect on thử nghiệm day

To ease some of those pre-test nerves, get khổng lồ knowwhat to expect on your test day. Some things to lớn keep in mind for kiểm tra day:

Arrive early lớn allow time khổng lồ register và be seated for your test

Check in your personal belongings such as phones, smart watches, books & notes

Bring your personal identification which is needed for the check-in process

Add these 6 steps khổng lồ your preparation plan và you will be better prepared to get the band score you need.