Exam Preparation and Company Assessments

“I decided to attend this course in order to achieve a good mark in the IELTS test. During the 3 week course I improved significantly. I feel more confident in every field. To begin with the ability to structure my ideas and opinions in a writing task. Moreover, I had an unbelievable progress in the pronunciation. All these skills will give me the chance to achieve my goal. I found this course very valuable.”Flavia Cozza, an Italian university student who was preparing for the IELTS exam to gain a place on the European Erasmus Programme

Who these courses are for

If English isn’t your native language, but in your career you’re expected to communicate as if it is, we can help.

Our exam preparation and company assessment courses are for people who are not native English speakers and who would like to improve their English language skills so they can progress in their career.

We can help you pass an English assessment or company exam in order to secure a promotion or advance your education.

What to expect

All our courses are for individuals or small groups and are built around the needs of each participant.

The courses can run for either one or two weeks, depending on your needs and preferences. You’ll find them hard work but great fun. We use a variety of teaching methods with a focus on group interaction supported by individual coaching.

As the courses are immersion courses, we encourage you to choose the residential option as this will give you extra time to practice your English language skills. It will also give you the opportunity to learn from and network with the other course participants.

We include cultural tours as standard on all our English language residential courses. This is because we believe you can only learn to communicate like a native English speaker when you combine language training with an understanding of the culture behind the language.

If you would rather, you can arrange your own accommodation. You can still take part in the cultural tours although we will need to charge an additional fee to cover their cost.

Company Assessments

Our rigorous company assessment training will help you prepare to take a company assessment in the English language. The course includes general and business English as well as critical thinking, verbal reasoning, situational judgements, problem solving and active role play situations. We’ll help you improve your presentation, communication and interview skills and write an up-to-date CV.

Work Exams

Our exam preparation course will help you prepare to sit internal work exams in the English language. This may be as part of your graduate programme or, for example, in relation to a particular area of your work.

We’ll tailor the course to suit your individual needs so you can be confident you’ll know what to expect when you take the exam and how to answer different types of questions.

English Language Exams

We can help you prepare for a wide range of English and business English language exams, from basic to advanced level. Each examining body has a specific exam technique which it’s vital you understand in order to pass.

Using past papers, we can help you prepare for each exam. We’ll help you understand what to expect and develop the skills you need to answer the different types of exam questions.

Cambridge English: Proficiency / CPE

This course will help you prepare for the Cambridge English Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) exam. The CPE certificate confirms that you have an exceptionally high level of English and can communicate with the fluency and mastery of a highly competent English speaker. The best international universities and global corporations accept the CPE.

Cambridge English: Advanced / CAE

This course will help you prepare for the Cambridge English Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) exam. CAE is ideal if you want to work or study abroad or if your career requires advanced English language skills e.g. if you work in business or medicine. You’ll also find it useful if you’re working towards the CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English). The CAE certificate is recognised by universities and employers round the world.

Cambridge English: First / FCE

This course will help you prepare for the Cambridge English First Certificate in English (FCE) exam. FCE is ideal if you want to work or study abroad or if your career requires more than basic English language skills e.g. if you work in business or medicine. FCE is the right course for you if your knowledge of English is adequate for practical everyday purposes.

Cambridge English: Preliminary / PET

This course will help you prepare for the Cambridge English Preliminary English Test (PET) exam. A PET qualification shows that you have mastered the basics of English and have practical language skills for everyday use. The exam is the next logical step between Cambridge English Key (KET) and Cambridge English First (FCE).

Cambridge English: Key / KET

This course will help you prepare for the Cambridge English Key English Test (KET) exam. The qualification is proof that you can communicate in English in simple situations.

The exam tests all four English language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking. It will give you the confidence to go on and study for higher-level exams such as Cambridge English Preliminary (PET) and Cambridge English First (FCE).

IELTS

This course will help you prepare for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. The exam is ideal if you need to study or work where English is the commonly used language. IELTS scores are recognised by universities and colleges, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. British universities and other centres of education generally require IELTS level 6.0 or higher as evidence of language ability.

TOEFL iBT

This course will help you prepare for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. The course covers speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Its main focus is on grammar and vocabulary to help you communicate with fluency and confidence.

TOEIC

This course will help you prepare for the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) exam. The exam measures proficiency in business English at intermediate and advanced levels.

The TOEIC test is the standard measurement of workplace English language proficiency worldwide and so is a valuable credential to have. As a result, more than 4.5 million people take the TOEIC test each year to help them advance in their career.

BEC – Business English Certificates

This course will help you prepare for the Business English Certificates (BEC), a suite of three English language qualifications for international business.

The courses will help you achieve your ambitions to work abroad, to work with international organisations in your own country and to study business-related subjects taught in English. A BEC certificate shows that you can use English confidently in international business environments.

BULATS

This course will help you prepare for the Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) assessment. BULATS is a flexible online tool that assesses English language skills for business, industry and commerce.

BULATS helps your organisation to become more competitive as it helps your staff improve their English skills and demonstrates that they can communicate effectively in the language in international business environments.

You can see all our courses here.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

The CEFR is an international standard for describing language ability. You can see more information about it here.