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The most common exams that English language learners take in Britain are IELTS and Cambridge English exams.

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System and learners get a score, usually between 4 and 8 (9 is the max). Most students take the academic version for entry into British, Australian, Irish, New Zealand, Canadian and a growing number of US academic institutions

Cambridge English exams for adults come at 5 different levels (A2 to C2). The highest exam is Cambridge Proficiency. Not all native speakers (or writers) would be able to pass it!

Each Cambridge exam has 3 pass grades: A, B and C

If you manage to get Cambridge Proficiency, this means your level of spoken and written English is very high.

Getting an IELTS score of 6 or Cambridge FCE (B2) means that your English would just be enough to allow you to survive in an English-speaking office environment. Gaining IELTS 7 or Cambridge CAE would mean you could manage quite well.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a US-based exam that tests academic English for entry into American universities.

 

 

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Vocabulary: Adding ‘wise’ to form adverbs

Vocabulary: Adding ‘wise’ to make adverbs from nouns
Intermediate to advanced level (B2-A2)

It is useful to have a rather informal way to express ‘concerning’ or ‘relating to’ which we can use in speech and writing. You take a noun and add ‘wise’, often with a ‘-‘. Some are more common than others. Let’s look at a few:
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