The exam courses are designed for students who wish to improve their exam skills in either a business or general English context. We specialise in teaching the 'Business English Cambridge' (BEC) exam as well as the 'Test of English for International Communication' (TOEIC). We also prepare students for the following general English exams: IELTS, B2 First and C1 Advanced.
Business English Exams
BEC: (Business English Cambridge)
We offer both BEC Vantage (Upper Intermediate) and BEC Advanced classes to individuals. These exams are at a similar level to both B2 First and C1 Advanced. They are recognised world wide and are suitable for students who have recently finished B2 First or C1 Advanced general English exams and would like to concentrate on Business English before applying for their first job. Equally, it would suit those of you who are already working in companies and who need to improve their practical skills such as business writing skills or communication skills. You will do practice tests as well as learn appropriate strategies to use in the BEC exam. These exams take place in June and December. See the "Links" page for further information.
(The Test of English for International Communication).
We assist students who are studying for the TOEIC test which is a business English test used by companies when recruiting staff to assess your level of English. The test is comprised of 200 multiple choice questions divided between Listening and Reading and lasts 2 hours. This exam takes place every month so there is ample opportunity to do this test whenever it suits. See the "Links" page for further information.
General English Exams:
B2 First/C1 Advanced:
We offer both B2 First (FCE ) and C1 Advanced( CAE) classes to individuals and small groups both online and at our school premises in Donnybrook. The B2 First exam focuses on level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – an upper intermediate level of English. The B2 First qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English. This exam is the logical step in your language learning journey between B1 Preliminary and C1 Advanced.
The C1 advanced exam focuses on level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – the level required for academic and professional success. The in-depth, high-level qualification that shows you have the language skills that employers and universities are looking for. More than 8,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept C1 Advanced as proof of high-level achievement in learning English. You will do practice tests as well as learn appropriate strategies to use in these exams
We also teach the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test. The IELTS test is the world's most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. It measures the ability to communicate in English across four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. It is designed for people who intend to study or work in countries where English is the main language of communication. The IELTS test has four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. A band score is awarded for each part of the test. There are two types of IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
IELTS Academic is for test takers who wish to study at university at undergraduate or post graduate level, and for those seeking professional registration. IELTS General Training is for test takers who wish to emigrate to an English speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, US and Ireland), and for those who wish to train or study at below degree level.