Telling the time in English is one of the easiest things to do, but despite that, students make many mistakes when they need to do so. In this blog, I will help to tell the time using two different techniques. Read more ›
Ever wonder what you need to do to be able to pass the Cambridge PET exam? Don’t look any further. With these top fifteen tips, you will sail through your exam.
- Understand the layout of the Exam: Learn about the various parts of the exam and know what is expected of you in each part.
- Plan: Work out how you are going to study. Plan the month before the exam thinking about:
- What you need to study
- How much time you have
- What you can realistically fit in to that time
3. Speak with your teacher about which part of the exam you need to focus on: They will be able to guide you and keep you on the right track. PET is a general English exam so you don’t need language that is very specific or detailed.
4. Body and brain: Make sure to keep your brain active by taking good care of your body. Exercise and healthy food will have you in better shape the day of the exam. Listen to books or podcasts while you exercise and you will also be practicing your Listening skills.
The exam has three distinct parts. Let’s look at Part 1 – Reading and Writing.
PART 1 Reading (Q1-5):
5. Read the instructions!!!! Make sure you are giving the answers they are looking for. When answering, remember that the information to help you answer is in the text. Look and look again if you are not sure.
6. There are 5 tasks. Give yourself 50 minutes to work through all the five tasks.
PART 1 Writing (Q1-3):
7. Practice writing in English regularly with a reason and for someone.
8. Try to make sure that you use correct spelling and grammar, several types of grammar structures and tenses and reread and correct what you have written. When you have finished, ask yourself if you have answered the question.
9. Pick in Part 3 very carefully which question you want to answer. Make sure you choose the one you know more vocabulary for the topic.
10. There are 3 tasks. Give yourself 40 minutes to work through all the three tasks.
PART 2 Listening (Q1-4):
11. During the first listening, don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers. Use the second listening to confirm and be sure of what you are answering.
12. Remember that in parts 2, 3 and 4 the questions are in the same order as the recording.
13. Write clearly and make sure you copy your answers correctly.
PART 3 Speaking (Q1-4):
14. Remembers that there is no right or wrong answer or opinion. It’s the language and grammar that you use that is important. Don’t worry if you make mistakes. The examiners are expecting you to make some small mistakes.
15. Try to have a normal conversation and to react to what your partner is saying or to what the examiner is saying.
Last but not least, try to enjoy the experience.
One of the most common questions when you’re getting to know someone is ‘What are your hobbies?’; it’s a very useful question to break the ice and to start a conversation with someone. In this blog, we’re going to give you some tips that will help you to ask and answer all the questions related to hobbies.
Questions people can ask you to learn about your interests
1. What do you do in your free time/spare time?
2. What are your hobbies/interests?
3. What activities do you do to relax?
4. What are you into?
How to answer these questions
1. I really enjoy/like/love + v-ing+ (noun) … e.g. I really like playing football
2. My hobbies are +v-ing + (noun)… e.g. My hobbies are going to the cinema, playing basketball, swimming…
3. Some activities I do to relax are…
4. I’m into+ v-ing … e.g. I’m into cooking
Possible hobbies you may have (we normally use v-ing to talk about them)
-Playing the guitar/ the piano / the violin / the flute
-Going to+ the cinema/the park/the beach/the gym
The next time you want to talk about your hobbies in English, you know which expressions to use.
The apostrophe is undoubtedly one of the most confused punctuation marks in the English language. If you face any difficulites with this particular grammar structure, please read our guidelines below on how to use the apostrophe properly. Read more ›