“When results count, you can count on Speak Your Mind” – we organise preparation courses for KET, PET, FCE, CAE, IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC
Certification is becoming increasingly important worldwide and is indispensable on your CV. Gaining an internationally recognised certificate in English is also a valuable tool to verify the progress you have made and to define new targets – and to maintain motivation for learning more. Speak your Mind has a long history in successfully preparing our students for all major internationally recognised exams of English:
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries with the aim of providing a method of assessment for language ability which applies to all languages in Europe.
For different European languages there are official Certifiers who organise exams and provide certificates at the various levels of the framework.
All exams are completely independent and there are no officially approved schools for exam preparation.
Passing an exam is the consequence of knowing English well enough at that level. This is what we believe and the Speak Your Mind teaching programme is designed to be exam-compatible – at exam-appropriate levels the school organises specific Exam-Skills Modules (ESM). These modules are level-focussed programmes of 20 – 26 hours, enabling candidates to concentrate on refining effective exam skills.
Preparation for the following exams:
KET, PET, FCE, CAE
Exam Skills Modules are available throughout the year: group and individual courses on request. Contact us for details.
Following the Placement Test we assess which exams each student is able to aim for and define a realistic timeframe.
What level do you need?
Exclusive! The Speak Your Mind B1 Express
Do you need to reach B1? In a short time ?
The Exclusive Speak Your Mind B1 Express programme is the course that will maximise your English learning in order to prepare you for the Cambridge PET (B1).
The programme is a specific drawing together of the innovative Speak your Mind method alongside specific exam preparation material. Working in the class will improve your ability in terms of listening and also fluency in speaking while at the same time rapidly increasing your vocabulary and command of grammar.
Admission dependant on the placement test (minimum required level A2).
The Cambridge exams organised by UCLES (University of Cambridge Local Exam Syndicate correspond to the CEFR international levels and are the most widely used in Europe.
- Key English Test (KET) A2,
- Preliminary English Test (PET) B1,
- First Certificate in English (FCE) B2,
- Advanced Certificate in English (CAE) C1
- Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) C2.
International English Language Testing System
Since 1989 (IELTS) has become the benchmark for English in academic contexts and continues to grow in popularity throughout the world. It has a point-scale from 1-9. Normally, for admission to a university course, a mark of between 6 and 7.5 is the minimum required.
Test of English as a Foreign Language
The TOEFL certification is mainly required by American and Canadian academic institutes where the subject is taught only in English. However it is often required by government bodies, international organisations and companies that are involved in exchanges and student scholarship programmes.
There are three types of tests which all have different marks:
- PBT (Paper Based Test)
- CBT (Computer Based Test)
- iBT (Internet Based test)
The most common is the iBT.
Test of English for International Communication
The TOEIC is currently the most common in the professional workplace. It is used by international companies to evaluate and select the most qualified people for specific roles (often senior). The TOEIC provides a mark between 1-999 which allows people to monitor specifically their level of improvement. At an intermediate and advanced level it is reliable and its popularity is also due to the fact that it doesn’t require a long time to prepare before taking it.