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Exam preparation courses

Updated: Apr 6

Are you thinking of signing up for an exam preparation class? In this post we'll explain how the courses work, what level you should be and why it's worth doing one of these courses with Kreis 6 English.


Which courses do you offer?


We specialise in offering Cambridge examinations aimed at intermediate and advanced students. These include:

  • Cambridge First

  • Cambridge Advanced (CAE)

  • Cambridge Proficiency

  • BEC Vantage

  • BEC Higher


How do the courses work?


In the ten weekly lessons, you'll be introduced to all parts of the exam, Reading and Use of English, Writing, Speaking and Listening. You will practice each part of the exam and will learn appropriate strategies to help you achieve a good result. Through self-reflection and guidance from the teacher, you'll discover the strategies that work for you.


What level should I be?


The courses focus on exam technique. At the start of the course you should have a solid knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary needed for the exam since there will only be a limited amount of time to teach these things. If you think your level might be slightly low, make sure you have enough time during or after the course to do some extra study before taking the exam. We can provide tips and book recommendations to enable you to do this effectively. We can also provide extra lessons as required.


What does Kreis 6 English offer?


We are a small language school with highly-qualified teachers who have extensive experience of teaching exam preparation classes at levels B2 and above. We will do the following:

  • Provide tips and strategies for all parts of the test ✔️

  • Offer feedback on your speaking and writing ✔️

  • Make recommendations about additional resources ✔️

  • Design stimulating lessons to keep you motivated✔️

  • Encourage and motivate you ✔️


How long are the courses?


The exam preparation courses are held once a week for a period of 10 weeks. The length of lesson is dependent upon the number of participants as follows:

  • 2 participants - 60minutes

  • 3-6 participants - 90minutes

  • 7 or more participants - 120minutes


There are no lessons during Zurich school holidays (see here for the relevant dates).


Will I have to do extra work at home?


Yes. The exam preparation courses are intensive. They are designed for motivated students who are able to work independently. Our teachers will introduce you to a range of strategies and tips designed to promote success in the exams. You will be expected to do additional practice at home based upon the classroom learning.


When are the courses?


New courses are started as soon as there are enough participants. Click here to find the upcoming courses or send us a message if you want us to plan a course that suits your schedule.


I can't find a course time that suits me. What should I do?


Send us a message and we will try to find a time that works. Courses can be started when a minimum of two people have signed up.


How do I sign up?


Send a message using the contact form with your preferred dates to secure your place. All enquiries are non-binding until a contract has been signed. We are happy to advise you on the course that is best for you.


Should I do the computer-based exam or paper-based exam?


Our teachers are happy to advise you on the test format that is best for you.


Do you have any tips to help me pass the exam?


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