Are you wondering if you should a Computer-Based exam? Look no further. Here you have a list of the pros and cons of a CB exam (Computer-Based) and then you can make up your mind.
There are so many positives when thinking about doing this exam:
- Neater/Easier to Read:
- If you are like most people and your writing skills are rusty, this maybe the perfect solution. Your writing excercises will be really easy to read, clear and concise. This will help you organize yourself better and this means that you might get a better mark.
- On your computer screen, you can highlight with a tool and add notes. This means that you will be able to reread what you wrote even if your hadwriting normally stops you from being able to do it.
- Word Count:
- During the preparation for your exam, you teacher will have spoken to you about how many words each task needs. This depends on your level and the task that you have to complete. With practise, one can normally guess quite accurately how many words have been written. However in the Computer- Based exam no guessing is necesary. The computer counts the words for you and therefore you have more time to focus on passing the exam.
- You no lnger have to worry about being far away from the speakers. You have your own earphones and you control the volume of your own audio track. Gone are the days of not hearing the Listening because the CD player is 20 rows in front of you.
- Faster results:
- You know whether you have passed the exam earlier. The results are available online within a month most of the time. This is excellent news if you need the Certificate for something official like your C.V.
- More enviornmentally-friendly:
- For those of you who recycle, think about our planet and try to reduce your carbon-footprint, it might be a positive attribute that the Computer- Based exam is more enviornmentally friendly. Your exam paper doesn’t need to get shipped anywhere, just emailed, meaning that you are taking part in a greater good for the enviornment.
The things to keep in mind:
- Practise makes perfect:
- You’ve got to practise the format of the exam. It’s the same questions and almost the same way of answer but you do need a little bit of time to get used to this way. If you don’t use a computer frequetly you might find it a little bit complicated. There are some helpful links below to help you try out the format.
- Your eyesight:
- You’ll need to make sure to look away from the screen every so often, especailly if you don’t normally work with computers. Your eyes will get tired and you will need to give them mini-breaks.
As you can see using this option has alot of advantages. Therefore if you are computer literate and can type quickly, the Computer-Based exam is the one for you.
- Examples of Exams:
- PET CB
- Reading and Writinghttp://cbpt.s3.amazonaws.com/cb-pet-readingwriting/index.xhtml
- FCE CB
- CAE CB
- CPE CB
- Reading and Use of English
- Reading and Use of English
- PET CB
Probably the first thing that comes to your mind listening to the name of William Shakespeare is: “Romeo and Juliet” or “To be or not to be, that´s the question.” But, did you know that Shakespeare wrote more than one hundred and fifty sonnets and poems? In fact, he is the most relevant English writer not just because of his plays but also for his poetry. Let us show you one of his most relevant sonnets:
Sonnet 18: Summer´s Day
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
In this sonnet, Shakespeare stablishes a comparison between the beloved and nature in the first line Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?, then the rest of the poem is devoted to highlight how the beloved virtues will not perish as they´re are preserved in the sonnet, So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,/ So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Nevertheless, we mustn’t ignore the importance of Shakespeare as a playwright. His plays are full of irony and puns. In fact there are many idioms in our everyday English that were actually “coined” by William Shakespeare in his plays. Have a look to the brief list we show you…
This incredible writer, poet and lover of English language was born on April 23rd, the same day on which he died at the age 52. This is one of the reasons why we celebrate the International Book´s Day on this date.