Why do an English language exam?
Last week Amy Chapman, our Academic Manager, did a Facebook Live! on doing an English language exam. She made some key points about the personal benefits of studying for an exam:
it gives you an external validation of your English level
all of the recognised exams (IELTS, Cambridge, Language Cert, Trinity etc) test all 4 skills- reading, writing, listening and speaking so they are a good, combined measure of your English level at that time
studying for an exam gives you a good goal to aim for- it gives focus and meaning to your studying
because these exams are so well known internationally, there's lots of free amterial available- in addition to what you get in the classroom- for you to use in self-study in your own time
Also, there are external reasons why studying for an exam is a good idea:
you might need an exam result for education goals like school or university entrance
immigration purposes- to get a visa to work in an English-speaking country
in order to work in an English-speaking company or country
Watch the video for the full discussion.