Certificate Test Resources:
Certificate Tests: A Teacher's Commentary
Brad's feature on common errors and problems students had when
writing the June 2002 tests.
English Certificate Tests for English 7 and 8
Patricia has assembled a wealth of good information. Writing
samples, practice tests, and quizzes.
L's thoughtful feature on preparing for the most-feared test:
Some good Web resources. Includes access to interactive
How to Survive the Certificate Tests
L outlines everything you need
to know in his five-point guide to writing the tests,
including good answering techniques.
Marking Your Writing
Patricia explains the "C,F,S,M"
marking system used by the teachers.
Passing Your Writing
Brad explains how teachers mark your compositions. How can
you do better? Find out at this information page. (Specific
information for English 9 and 10 essay writers provided.)
Tests, Tests and More Tests!
Louise writes on test taking strategies, points out web
resources, and provides a quiz to test for you to test your
knowledge and vocabulary.
to Help your English
Paul's weekly feature points out two great resources for
on the Tests?
Like it says: all the information for you to prepare for the
certificate test session.
Tazim's weekly feature points out useful resources for
paragraph writing. (Levels 3A to 4B)
Writing Topic Sentences
Tazim's weekly feature covers the practical details of writing
a good topic sentence.
To find more lessons on writing, visit
Brad's Lessons page.
The Essay: Part One
Jennifer gives us details on SABOC, Select,
Audience, Brainstorm, Communicate. Includes a sample essay on ice cream.
Pat's feature includes a quiz to test yourself on essay
Keeping the Burglars Away!
Sample 350-word essay written with the Advanced Composition
Solving the Mysteries of Writing
Brad's personal essay on his three-step approach to writing
"Talking About My Generation"
A 300 word sample standard essay from the English 10 class.
"The Advantages of a House" and "The 'Why' of Crime"
Two sample essays demonstrate how to show, with examples.
"A Fat Nation" and "Some Unattractive
Two more sample essays demonstrate the standard, five
Examples of Body and Conclusion Paragraphs
Examples of student-written paragraphs. Teacher's comments
"Writing an Essay" by student, Ana
Her personal view of successful essay writing. Includes
comments from her classmates.
Practice many forms of grammar, from Level 2 through English
Include a short reading and comprehension questions. Some are
A multitude of useful vocabulary words from the many reading
texts used at the PALC.
Writing Successful Certificate Tests
sure to come on the first test day for your level.
to your regular classroom at your regular time.
Remember the test rules: No dictionary or calculator. No
talking. Start and finish your test at one time only.
Allow lots of time for the tests. If you feel rushed come
Have fun and relax! Remember what Louise says: "Breathe"!
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