How should I prepare for an entrance exam in English?

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An English language test certificate is required for entry to universities in the United Kingdom and many other English-speaking countries. One of the recognised tests developed in the UK is IELTS. It involves reading, writing, listening and speaking with the examinator. All skills are tested using texts and essays on scientific and academic topics.

The best way to start preparing for the entrance exam is with daily practice in English. Teachers at schools and private tutors are our mentors who can guide us, listen to us, correct us and provide advice. The most important factor in achieving the desired result is your own discipline. You need to put as much time and energy every day as possible into preparing for the exam.

Involve English in your day-to-day life: change the language settings of your phone to English, listen to music, BBC podcasts and the radio, and attach stickers to objects at home to help you remember words. Get to know a native speaker and practise with them. Ensure that you not only absorb knowledge in theory, but are able to apply it in practice. Often write texts on the test topics and watch films or programmes in English. Record your speech so that you can hear your own mistakes and correct them faster than when someone corrects you. Reading in English is an important skill and will help you increase your vocabulary, understand the structure of sentences and quickly grasp the gist of texts.

All these guidelines will help you to improve the skills necessary for the test. University entrance requirements usually state that your IELTS result must be 5.5 or higher. The certificate is valid for two years. You can sit the test abroad, at an accredited centre in your country or at a specialised language school.

In addition to the international IELTS test, universities have their own free entrance exam. The structure of the exam is simpler and differs from IELTS, testing written and oral skills.

In addition to preparing for the test, you need to strike a balance between study and rest. Give yourself time to rest and recuperate. Find something that invigorates and inspires you. The most important thing in all exam preparation is the goal and the prospect of seeing what you get after achieving your goal.