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Academic English Skills for University

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How to improve academic English skills for university study

3 tips on improving English for university

Going to university will likely be the most challenging test of your academic English skills. You will probably need to pass an English language exam such as Academic IELTS or another English exam. However, even after obtaining the required certificate you may still want to build up your English speaking confidence and continue improving your English. Whether you have started or are soon to start your degree, the following tips will help you make the most of your time at university.

How to improve academic English skills. Female university student writing.

How to improve academic English skills

Engage

Try to meet English speakers who are doing your degree. If you are passionate about your subject, this could be one of the most effective ways of honing your academic English skills. It has the potential to be a crash course in subject-specific vocabulary as well as a way of improving your speaking and listening skills. If you want to make friends in the UK, you may be more motivated to learn this way than with self-study.
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Weekend IELTS Workshop

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IELTS Workshop in London
Saturday 1st June 2019

IELTS Tips and Exam Preparation Advice

Free IELTS Event in London

Please note, we work on first come first served basis. The number of places in limited – arrive early to secure your place.

Our weekend IELTS workshop is for those who are planning to take the IELTS exam and want to find out what more about the test requirements and how to prepare for IELTS. During this IELTS session we will give you an overview of IELTS task types in reading, writing and speaking modules. Apart from that, you will be able to try and complete some IELTS task on your own and ask questions to an experienced IELTS teacher.

Student writing during weekend IELTS workshop

IELTS workshop

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IELTS Tips – IELTS Open Day

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IELTS Preparation Open Day in London
Friday 17th August 2018

IELTS Tips and Advice How to Approach the IELTS Exam

Free IELTS Event

Please note, we work on first come first served basis. The number of places in limited – arrive early to secure your place.

Are you planning to take the IELTS exam? Not sure what to expect or how to prepare? A bit nervous? Come to our free IELTS Open Day at Link School of English. Find out what what to expect on the exam and how to maximise your score. If you are considering taking an IELTS course, you will be able to attend a free demo lesson to help you decide on your exam preparation.

Happy university graduate who passed IELTS exam successfully

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IELTS Open Day – How to Pass the IELTS Exam

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IELTS Open Day in London – 7th July 2018

IELTS Exam Introduction and IELTS Exam Tips

Free IELTS Event

IELTS Essay Correction Service

Please note, we work on first come first served basis. The number of places in limited – arrive early to secure your place.

Are you thinking of taking the IELTS exam? Not sure what to expect? A bit nervous? Come to our free IELTS Open Day event at Link School of English. Find out what what to expect on the exam and how to get the score you want the first time.

IELTS student stresses before IELTS exam
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English Exam Preparation

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English Exam Preparation Tips and Advice

English language certificates are required by many educational institutions and employers. Passing an English language exam is an important step in your education, which can determine your future career prospects. Once you have decided which English language test to take, FCE, CAE, CPE, IELTS or any other, you can start your English exam preparation.

How to study for an English exam effectively?

Here are some tips on what to check before an English language exam and how to prepare.

Self-study vs English exam preparation course

The most important part of English exam preparation is learning the material. Check the syllabus carefully and make sure that you are aware which grammar points you are expected to know at this level of exam. It’s also important to research the kind of vocabulary you will need to use. The safest way of making sure that you cover all the material is to sign up for an exam preparation course. This will also give you access to a teacher who can help you when you get stuck. The teacher will correct your mistakes and give feedback on your progress.

If you can’t do that, then buy a textbook that you can work through alone. Self-study English test preparation books are available for all of the major English language exams. Make sure that you have a good grammar textbook and a decent sized dictionary as well. Remember though, that a textbook can’t help you to work on your weak areas, practise speaking with you, or correct mistakes the way a teacher would.

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English Exam Preparation Tips

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English Levels Compared

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English Levels Compared – Table

Want to know what is your level of English?

Are you confused by many different names used to describe English levels?


One of the most common questions asked by our students or people enquiring about our English courses is related to English levels. That’s we we prepared a comparison of levels.

There are different terminologies used to describe levels of English language fluency. Very often different language exam centres or language schools use the same names to describe different English levels or the other way round – various names are being used to describe the same level of language skills. So it may be easy to get confused about your actual language skills, to decide what English exam to approach or what English language course to choose to reach the desired English level. Here is a table with English levels compared, we hope you find it helpful!

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How to Register for an IELTS Test in 4 Steps

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How to Register for an IELTS Test in 4 Steps

Short guide on how to sign up for an IELTS exam

Are you planning to take the IELTS exam?
You can prepare for the IELTS exam at Link School of English in London. After completing your IELTS preparation course, you will need to sign up for your exam. To make it easier for you we have prepared a short guide on how to register for an IELTS test.

IELTS exam candidate at a laptop registering for IELTS online

Step 1
Find your nearest IELTS examination centre

You will find a list IELTS exam centres in London here: IELTS Test Centres in London
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IELTS Examination Centres in London

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IELTS Examination Centres in London

Looking for an IELTS Exam centre near you?

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We are running IELTS preparation courses and we are often asked about address of IELTS exam centres in London. For our students and other exam takers we have prepared a list of places where you can take the IELTS test in London. Currently there are eight IELTS examination centres in London. Here are their addresses and contact details:

Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
Gunnersbury Lane, London, UK
ielts@wlc.ac.uk
08000 344 015

Eurocentres
70 Court Road, London, UK
ielts@eurocentres.com
020 8297 1488
020 8318 9057
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How Academic IELTS Exam is Assessed – Speaking Module

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IELTS Speaking Module Assessment

How is the Academic IELTS Exam Speaking Module Assessed?

This article is for students preparing for the Academic IELTS test and want to know how the speaking part is assessed. This exam module aims to check students’ ability to communicate effectively in English.

English speaking skills are tested by certified examiners who are appointed by the IELTS exam centre and approved by the British Council.
The candidate’s speaking performance is assessed using detailed performance descriptions relating to the nine IELTS bands and using four different criteria: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy and Pronunciation. All these criteria have equal weighting.

IELTS examiner listening to exam taker talking during IELTS speaking exam

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Fluency and Coherence

This criterion assesses the capability of speaking with natural levels o continuity, rate and effort as well as the ability to link ideas and language together to compose coherent, connected speech. Speech continuity and rate present evidence of speaking fluency.
The coherence criterion considers logical sequencing of sentences, marking stages of discussion clearly, narration or argument as well as the use of cohesive devices (e.g. pronouns, connectors and conjunctions).
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How is Academic IELTS Writing Assessed

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How is the Academic IELTS Writing Exam Module Assessed?

If you are preparing for the Academic IELTS exam this article will help you to understand how you’re the Academic Writing task is assessed.

People with tablet discussing Academic IELTS writing assessment criteria

The Academic IELTS Writing Test consists of Task 1 and Task 2, each of them is assessed independently. The IELTS examiner marks the candidate’s responses using performance descriptors corresponding to nine IELTS bands.

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IELTS Writing Task 1 responses are rated using the following four criteria:

Task Achievement
Academic Writing Task 1 is an information transfer task with a specified response where you need to draw on the factual content of a diagram. Remember, on this task you are not expected to speculate or explain anything outside of the input material. This is not a creativity task, stick to the content given. Your text must be at least 150 words in length.
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