How to Prepare for English Exams on Your Own

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If you plan to study abroad, for example, in Japan in an English-speaking direction at a university, then taking TOEFL or IELTS tests cannot be avoided. It is easy to get confused in the flow of information and advice on preparing for international exams. But there are some effective tips from experts.

  1. Take the test seriously

Our idea of our level of language proficiency can be biased. A high grade in English at school, the ability to read simple texts without a dictionary or communicate fluently while traveling can give the impression that you know the language perfectly and additional training is not needed. Such self-confidence risks turning into a big disappointment and wasted money.

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  1. Read academic literature

Since the exams are designed to assess how ready you are to study at a foreign university, you will need academic English to pass successfully. This implies a certain way of constructing the text, its structure. In order not to spend money on buying literature, you can use free online services, for example, Readings World. You will be able to choose both scientific literature and books for the soul.

  1. Do not delay the preparation

It is impossible to unequivocally answer the question of how much time it takes to prepare for the test. It depends on your starting level and how intensely you plan to study. To feel confident, start preparing for the test as soon as you know that you will need to take it. The longer and better the preparation, the more confident you will feel.

  1. Combine different ways of preparation

When you have decided how much time you have, the question arises how exactly to prepare. Experts advise combining different methods: independent training, preparatory courses, the development of skills necessary for the test.

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For many, it is the oral part that becomes the most difficult due to the lack of conversational practice. A very effective way to develop oral language skills and overcome the language barrier is to go to an intensive English course abroad.

Competent preparation and familiarity with the requirements of the test are guaranteed to increase your chances of success. Start preparing as early as possible, follow these recommendations and your efforts will bear fruit.

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