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09 December 2015

PET Speaking

Detailed Advice for the speaking test.

02 December 2015

PET Sentence Transformations

Transformation Advice

26 November 2015

NEW - PET/B1 Hub

Bringing together new `posts and advice for Cambridge Preliminary (PET) you'll now find a PET/B1 Hub on the navigation menu.

25 November 2015

PET Listening

Practice link here:

Exam English

19 November 2015

First: Linking Expressions

Remind yourself about linking words.

18 November 2015

PET Speaking

Samples for the four different sections:

Part 1
Flo Jo
Part 2
Flo Jo
Part 3
Flo Jo
Part 4
Flo Jo

Proficiency Listening Practice

VIsit the updated Listening Page for two new activities to help you practice your skills and prepare for the exam tasks if you need to.

13 November 2015

FCE and CAE Planning

Planning Tips

Phrases to start informal letter paragraphs, including
It was ? to hear from you
I’m sorry to ?

7 pieces of advice for all your writing
- what? is king
- obey what?
- be the what? not "a student"
- write to whom?, not (usually) the teacher
- make it look right from where?
- Ex-?
- use what intelligently?


Advice for formal letters
What are some of the magic words for making your paragraphs flow?
"Answer me, then we can organise our trip." In an informal letter?
Abbreviations "BTW" and emoticons ";-)" Appropriate?
"Kisses" Nice or nasty?

Collocations for Advanced
Categ---- d----
Dee--- reg---
Sinc---- ho-----
Tot--- rej----
Bad News conversion
I can’t
---------------, I'm ----- I have to ----- you it ----- ----- we ---- not be able to...

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11 November 2015

PET Test Practice

Links to three tests:

Link 1
Link 2
Link 3

09 November 2015

Advanced and Proficiency Writing Correction Activity

Click to view the .ppt

Can you see the pros and cons of the various extracts?

Feedback will be added here soon.

04 November 2015

PET Speaking

Thinking about PET Speaking?

Go here for some advice:

Introducting the test
Exam English

29 October 2015

Advanced Essay

Excellent advice for Part 1 of the Writing test here.


28 October 2015

PET Reading Practice

Go here for some material to help your assessments:
Exam English

26 October 2015

First Essay

A full page of advice on writing essays at First.


22 October 2015

First: Transformations

A video Howto.

21 October 2015

PET Vocabulary

Exercises and Practice
Exam English

19 October 2015

First Letters

Useful words and phrases for formal and informal writing collected here.

14 October 2015

PET Writing

Introducing PET Writing

Exam Practice and Advice
Exam English

12 October 2015

First and Advanced Writing Advice

Some excellent advice at this link.

07 October 2015

PET Reading

Reading Practice for the PET Exam

Exam English

04 October 2015

PET Speaking Videos

Two Video Examples that can help your prepatation.


15 September 2015

New Visitors Start Here

Welcome to the Virtual Exam Room.
Extra help when you need it.

If it's your first visit, this article should help you find your way around.

Writing work to complete or learn about?
Use the Exam Room A-Z on the left. Think about what you've got to write. Letter? Essay? Review? Look for it in the A-Z. You'll find examples, links and even students work which they've let us use.

Want to work on Vocabulary?
Look at the tab at the top of the page and click on it - you should find something to help you practise.

Need help at First, Advanced or Proficiency?
We have links and activities for the various parts of these exams. Use the Exam Room A-Z on the left or visit one of the Hubs via the menu bar above for an overview of what we have.

Working Towards IELTS?
We've labelled material for B2, C1 and C2 levels. Every article on the site will have a guide to its level soon.

Doing a Cambridge exam soon?
We have a range of links to help you Test Yourself on Writing and Vocabulary in particular. Search for Test Yourself in the A-Z

01 June 2015

31 May 2015

30 May 2015

27 May 2015

Test Yourself - First (and Advanced) Applications

An application to try to correct is here 

26 May 2015

Test Yourself: Miniquiz on Film

On cinema words and some movie collocations

23 May 2015

Test Yourself - Advanced and Proficiency

Synonym work for Use of English and Writing

21 May 2015

Test Yourself - Vocabulary Topics

Speaking and Writing - you need as much as you can get to show you can talk about the topics. Try some quizzes at  BBC English Quiznet.

18 May 2015

Test Yourself Formal Letter of Complaint

Test your Formal Complaint Writing here

15 May 2015

Test Yourself: Advanced writing

Test Your Reviewing Writing here

13 May 2015

Test Yourself: First UoE

FCE practice link here.

11 May 2015

Test yourself: Advanced Use of English 2

Lots of practice of Use of English. Note that "part 5" on the websiote corresponds to part 4 on our exam.

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10 May 2015

Test Yourself on a Report

With a report

Test Yourself on Linking and Contrasting

09 May 2015

Test Yourself: Advanced Writing

A letter of application is here.

08 May 2015

Test Yourself: Miniquizzes

On Informal discourse markers

07 May 2015

Test Yourself - a complaint

on a complaint