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The Academic Culture of Britain: What You Should Know

The Academic Culture of Britain: What You Should Know

If you’ve come to the UK to study, you may well experience some academic culture shock: the role of students and what is expected of them in terms of academic performance, behaviour and study skills might differ from that of what you’re used to.  Not to mention the role of your teachers, the type of syllabus, study resources available, assessment procedures and social aspects of the academic world.  For this reason, it’s important to do a bit of groundwork before you embark on your study adventure here, and gain some insight into the ins and outs of British academic culture.  Being prepared

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Writing an Essay in your Second Language

Writing an Essay in your Second Language

During your time studying in the UK, you will be set a variety of essays by your teachers, which will help them to ensure that you understand the material you have been studying. You will also show that you have the ability to formulate and convey a coherent argument that accurately answers a specific question.

Students studying a degree in England should expect to write essays on a variety of different topics, all of which will test your ability to construct arguments and write formally, using the appropriate academic conventions.

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Trinity ISE B1 Test examples

Trinity ISE B1 Test examples

The ISE B1 English exam (that cab drivers in London have to pass to renew their Private Hire Driver's Licence, before 31st March 2017) is a test with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking questions to test your overall level of English language skills.

There are 2 parts. First is the Reading and writing test - this will take 2 hours.

Next is the Speaking and Listening test. This is much shorter and will only last for 18 minutes.

 

ISE B1 Test: Reading and Writing tasks

In the reading and writing part of the test, there are 4 separate tasks.

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IELTS Writing Task 1 common mistakes

IELTS Writing Task 1 common mistakes

IELTS writing task 1 is the question in which you are given information in the form of a table, pie chart, line or bar graph and sometimes a picture of a process.

You should write about 150 words for this part of the test.

You only have 60 minutes to write your answers for TWO questions in this part of the IELTS exam. Writing Task 2 is longer (250 word answer) and there are more points for it.

So, think of writing task 1 as the "short answer", which must be completed quickly.

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CAE Proposal example sentences and structure

CAE Proposal example sentences and structure

In the writing section of the Cambridge Advanced English exam (CAE)   students often have to choose between writing out a proposal or a report.

They are similar in structure, style of English used, length (in words) and how you need to approach the questions.

The CAE Report question is focussed on how things currently are, so the main part of your answer should be about the current situation.

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How to write a quick plan for IELTS and CAE English exams

How to write a quick plan for IELTS and CAE English exams

To improve your results in the IELTS writing exam or the CAE test (or any Cambridge English exam), you need to do a few things well.

 

You should aim to:

  1. Write accurate English with as few grammar and/or vocabulary mistakes as possible
  2. Write quickly
  3. Answer the question that was asked

 

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How do I get into university in the UK?

How do I get into university in the UK?

If you are a student from outside of the United Kingdom and English is not your mother-tongue language, then to get into university in the UK, you will need to prove that your English level is high enough before you make an application to a degree course.

 

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IELTS ESSENTIAL WORDS - A to Z (Part 2)

IELTS ESSENTIAL WORDS - A to Z (Part 2)

Here is part 2 of a list of words that you can use in the IELTS exam to impress the examiner and boost your IELTS band score.

For IELTS Essential Words Part 1 (with vocabulary from A to L) please click here.

It is important in the IELTS exam that you do not only use basic language. You have to prove to your examiner that you have an upper intermediate to advanced vocabulary that you are able to correctly use in different contexts.

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Learn English to enter UK university - some of the best in the world

Learn English to enter UK university - some of the best in the world

Do you need to learn English to enter a UK university? The SGI University Foundation course has a 100% record of successful candidates gaining a university place.

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How good is my English? - Pearson Global Scale of English

How good is my English? - Pearson Global Scale of English

'How good is my English?' is a common question from English learners. The new Pearson Global Scale of English is a standard to assess students' English level around the world

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