• Spend time with people – practise your speaking and listening
  • Expand your vocabulary by studying synonyms
  • Study all the different types of questions – students often forget to study diagram labelling
  • Do timed practise exams
  • Read newspapers (on paper or online)
  • Ask your teacher for mock speaking tests (and record yourself)
  • Practise fixed expressions for speaking (e.g. that’s an interesting question, let me think…) and writing (e.g. it can be argued that, an alternative interpretation is…)
  • Don’t ignore grammar! It can help you understand if something is past, present or future
  • Don’t attempt words you aren’t sure of the meaning
  • Take your time to plan your speaking and writing answers – don’t rush in
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