Cambridge CAE and FCE speaking test tip: How to deal with a shy speaking test partner
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Cambridge CAE and FCE speaking test tip: How to deal with a shy speaking test partner

When preparing for your upcoming Cambridge CAE or FCE test, you should of course try to prepare for everything. Test format? Check. Comfortable talking about yourself, your hobbies, and your experiences? Check. Practice writing thesis statements and great topic sentences for the writing section? Check and check! There is one thing, however, that you may...

IELTS Part 1 Speaking Practice
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IELTS Part 1 Speaking Practice

Like with Cambridge FCE and CAE tests, the IELTS Speaking Test is given by a real person (not a computer). The first part of the test is a “warm up” period, where the IELTS representative (called the interlocutor) asks the student questions about his or her life. Following these questions, the interlocutor will ask several...

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Improving TOEFL Reading Score with CA Author John Steinbeck

I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents. Some you can see, misshapen and horrible, with huge heads or tiny bodies. . . . And just as there are physical monsters, can there not be mental or psychic monsters born? The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted...

CISL’s TOEFL listening tips for ESL students
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CISL’s TOEFL listening tips for ESL students

Each month, CISL teaches many students how to master the TOEFL test. Today we are focusing on some tips for improving your score on the Listening section.   Basic information about the TOEFL iBT Listening section – The listening test is given after the Reading test. – It is 2 sections consisting of a long...

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Top TOEFL Speaking Test Tips

Converse International School of Languages is proud to offer an intensive TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test preparation course. Are you planning on taking the test soon? The following are a few tips from a CISL San Diego instructor who specializes in the TOEFL course. Good luck to our students taking the...

Tips for Cambridge CAE and FCE Speaking Exam Part 3
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Tips for Cambridge CAE and FCE Speaking Exam Part 3

The CISL Blog has featured articles on the top tips for Part 1 and Part 2 of the Cambridge CAE and FCE Speaking Tests. Today we are taking a look at the final section of the test, Part 3. Before we begin, lets take a look back at Parts 1 and 2. Overview of Cambridge CAE...

Five great verbs for CISL TOEFL students
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Five great verbs for CISL TOEFL students

CISL TOEFL  classes begin on Tuesday, July 9 and the next SD and SF TOEFL tests will be held in just four weeks. Best of luck to our students! To help them prepare, we have five useful verbs to help improve TOEFL vocabulary. These words can be applied to any section of the test.   1....

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Saeed’s Post TOEFL Exam Skydive!

I have been studying at CISL San Francisco for 2 months. I want to improve my writing and reading skills for the TOEFL Exam. My listening skills are okay because I watch T.V. in English. My goal for the TOEFL is 102 because I want to get my MBA in Marketing in California. This was...

From CISL student to San Francisco restaurateur!
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From CISL student to San Francisco restaurateur!

I studied in the Premier English Program in 2010. I studied at CISL San Francisco while in process of setting up my business. I was preparing to live and work in a different language. I improved my vocabulary, my writing, and my spoken English skills and the classes at CISL San Francisco absolutely helped. I...

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Preparing for Part 2 of the Cambridge CAE and FCE Exams

Last month we provided some top tips for mastering the first part of the Cambridge CAE and FCE exams. Today, we are looking at Part 2 of the exam and providing some tips on preparing for this section. Preparing for Part 2 of the Cambridge CAE and FCE Exams Overview of Cambridge CAE and FCE Speaking...