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Exam Skills


- Cambridge ESOL exams


- Trinity College London Examinations
The Insider Guides to Cambridge ESOL exams


This material has been written by the University of Cambridge Exam Board


There are lots of myths about English language exams.

You may hear people talk about trick questions which are planted in papers to catch you out, how exercises are constantly recycled, how exams are made up in a matter of hours.

Actually, the development of exams at Cambridge ESOL is a huge job. It involves teams of researchers and an international network of thousands of writers and examiners. They make sure each exam is fair and a reliable guide to what level candidates have reached in the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Every test is different and is designed to examine very specific skills. That's why test takers can benefit from knowing more about the particular exam they will be sitting and what examiners are really looking for.

In these pages you will find guides to how you can do your best in the world-renowned English language exams provided by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

The guides provide tips on what each exam is looking for from you - as well as advice straight from the examiners.

Download the complete Insider Guide to the Cambridge ESOL exams (pdf - 107k)

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