If you’re thinking of working or studying outside of the Czech Republic then it’s important that you score highly on a recognised English exam so you can prove that you’re capable of functioning in an English speaking environment.
With several different exams you can take, doing well involves knowing what questions you’ll be asked and understanding how to answer them. This guide will help you know what to expect from English exams.
What Are the Different English Language Exams?
The most recognised ones are the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) and CPE/CAE (Cambridge Proficiency English / Cambridge Advanced English). Set by the different organisations, they all use slightly different questions to test the same core skills; listening, reading, writing, and speaking. You need to be comfortable in all these areas to get a high score.
Before you pick an exam, know why you’re taking it. Different universities have a preference for different exams and the same goes for immigration authorities. Overall, the IELTS tend to be the most well recognised.
What Do I Need to Do to Prepare for English Language Exams?
You can read more about IELTS exams here.
You can read more about TOEFL exams here.
You can read more about CPE/CAE exams here.
You’ll find everything you need to know about each exam on their official website. This includes section explanations, study materials, and question and answer samples. There are also plenty of externally written exam guides both online and in print. Just make sure they relate to the latest versions of the exam as things change.
Practice for The English Exams with a Private Teacher
Once you’re ready to start preparing for the exams find yourself an English teacher right away. Make sure it’s one that has experience with the particular exam you’re taking and sit down with them to discuss your aims. Your teacher will be able to assess you, advise you on what score you should be able to achieve, and prepare practice materials for you.
Where Can You Take IELTS, TOEFL and CPE/CAE Exams in Prague?
For the IELTS and CPE/CAE exams the British Council is responsible for running test centres in Prague. On their website you can find information about upcoming test dates, exam costs and the ability to register for exams online.
You can take IELTS exams once a month in a test centre in central Prague. The registration fee is 5,100 CZK and it’s important that you register at least 5 weeks in advance because places are allocated on a first come first serve basis.
British Council also run the Cambridge English exams in Prague. They are held less often, around once every two months and the registration fee is between 4,600 CZK and 4,750 CZK depending on which of the exams you are taking.
Finally, the TOEFL exams in Prague are run by ETS (Education Testing Service). Exams are held several times per month in different exam centres around Prague and the registration fee is $245.