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Exam Programmes

A confident and prepared student knows precisely what to expect in an exam and understands exactly how to respond.  They have strategies to manage the time limitations, are familiar with the exam structure and have a solid set of exam techniques which help them gain valuable marks from the difficult questions in the exam. 

Watch one of my students talk about her experience preparing for CPE. 

 

English exams such as IELTS, FCE, CAE and CPE are extremely challenging.  No matter what your language level, succeeding in these exams pushes you well beyond your comfort zone, not only linguistically but also as a human being.  To do well in the solo speaking task takes not only a great deal of practice but also an understanding of the mind games that we create when we feel nervous and under pressure.  To find answers to difficult in the reading exam requires you to keep calm under pressure, think strategically and trust your instinct.

These cognitive skills go hand-in-hand with the language development you need to succeed in your chosen exam.

As my student, I am committed to helping you:

  • pass your exam first time by developing and strengthening your productive skills: writing and speaking

  • go into the exam with confidence knowing you have a great set of exam strategies

  • get your language to the level it needs to be, whether that's topic vocabulary, complex grammar or idiomatic phrases

  • develop a review system that really works and is fun to use so you can remember everything you need to

 

Unlike most teachers, I don’t 'teach to the exam' from dull, generic course books.  I don’t believe in focusing on grammar and vocabulary at the expense of building up your language skills.  Instead, I strongly believe in helping you develop the language skills and strength of mind you need to pass your exam first time.  All my Exam English courses have Extended Study Weeks once a month.  For more information, click here. 

 

Exam Courses are available as three-month or year-long programmes:

Exam Programmes: Services
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Three-Month Exam Course £660

  • One goal-setting session to get you clear on what you need to do 

  • Two mock tests marked to the exam criteria  

  • Three extended study weeks for you to complete full tests 

  • Nine one-to-one lessons to focus on the language and mindset development you need

The three-month exam course is designed for students who are in the final stages of preparation and who need a helping hand to get them over the finish line.  If you've been working solo for your exam or feel in need of another pair of eyes and ears, this course will give you the chance to resolve the challenges that you are facing and increase your confidence in your ability to pass.
 

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • how to organise your study time so you don't feel overwhelmed with how much you have to do

  • how to maximise your revision with flashcards so that you remember rather than forget!

  • how to approach the speaking exam calmly and with faith in yourself

  • how to impress the examiner with accurate, natural writing and speaking

  • how to write in a more logical and organised way

  • strong exam techniques so you can tackle any question in your exam with complete confidence 

Disclaimer:

You will need to be at an appropriate level to pass your exam or achieve a specific IELTS band score within three months.  For example, if you need a 7 for IELTS but are currently reaching a 5, it is possible that a 7 will be unreachable within three months. Sarah Henderson-Sharon at Think Positive English reserves the right to decline working with those who are at the wrong level for an exam.

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One-Year Exam Programme £2260

  • Four goal-setting sessions to get you clear about your goal and keep you focussed

  • Six mock tests to measure your progress against the exam criteria 

  • Twelve extended study weeks for you to dig deep into your exam preparation with unlimited support from me

  • Thirty six private classes to develop your language skills and grow a strong, resilient mindset

The year-long exam programme is designed for people who are ambitious and capable of committing to working towards an exam over an extended period of time.  Together, we will create a framework to help you consistently progress towards your chosen exam.  You'll learn how to write and speak in the way the examiners are looking for as well as developing strong exam strategies.  We will also work together to develop your confidence and self-belief so that you are prepared to succeed first time. 

 

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • how to organise your study time so you don't feel overwhelmed with how much you have to do

  • how to maximise your revision with flashcards so that you remember rather than forget!

  • how to use English under exam pressure and feel confident of getting a great result

  • how to impress the examiner by writing and speaking about complex topics accurately and naturally

  • how to clearly answer questions logically and thoroughly

  • razor-sharp exam techniques so you can tackle any question in your exam with complete confidence 

Disclaimer:

You will need to be at an appropriate level to begin working for your exam.  For example, if you are at B2, you are unlikely to be able to pass CAE within one year. Sarah Henderson-Sharon at Think Positive English reserves the right to decline working with those who are at the wrong level for an exam.

"As I passed my CPE exam, I want to say thank you to Sarah!  You were such a help to me and I really enjoyed the lessons with you. Not only did you teach me English, but also a lot about feeling confident and overcoming my fears."

Anja Kunz, Switzerland

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  • Exam English

    2,260£
    1-Year course
    Valid for 14 months
    • 4 goal-setting sessions
    • 5 language assessments
    • 12 extended study weeks
    • 36 private lessons
  • Exam English

    660£
    3-Month Course
    Valid for 4 months
    • 1 goal-setting session
    • 2 language assessments
    • 3 extended study weeks
    • 8 private lessons
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