To pass the big exams like the TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) you need to be well-prepared and confident in your own strengths. To achieve such confidence you have to know what test is expecting for you, how to answer different types of the questions correctly, what to say, how to behave etc. So, before the test you should learn everything about it, all features and peculiarities. Try to read all the points thoroughly and make valuable decisions.
Know Your Test
Find the comprehensive information about the test! Knowing specific topics and tasks of the test will help you to understand what you know well and what is your weakness. According to strong and weak sides of your knowledge, work out a study plan for the test. Take note of specific grammar, vocabulary, listening, speaking and writing expectations.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Do not think that it is enough to practice a bit sometimes. Since you’ve decided to enroll for the test you have to do your best to show the best results you can achieve. Try to organize your practice according to the established plan. Start with understanding the offered subjects like reading, writing and listening. Practice to read, understanding, firstly, the main idea, secondly, the important details. Listen different types of conversations, catching the subject of speaking. Practising grammar will help you to improve your writing skills.
Practice Specific Types of Test Problems
You begin your studying in common sense to revise the theoretical material. Now, find samples of the test and try them. There are a number of free and paid resources available on the Internet. These exercises will show you the true prospect of your skills.
Take Practice Tests
Practice fulfilling the tasks as often as possible. Beyond the Internet sources you can purchase one of the many books that provide practice tests for the TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Exams.
Prepare Yourself - Test Taking Strategy
Spend some time for developing specific test taking skills that include strategies on multiple choice questions, timing and other issues.
Prepare Yourself - Understand the Test Structure
For performing the test well you should know and understand its structure. It is better to do before the test. It will help you to feel comfortable as if you see the test not for the first time. The test will seem familiar for you and you will answer faster.
Take a Chance to rest before the test
Your body and your brain will be happy to have a short rest before the exam to refresh your strength and feel good on the day of exam.