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Academic English Tests

What are academic English Tests?

Each test includes an academic reading, summary writing, lecture listening and seminar speaking. All texts are written and created by us and we dedicate a considerable amount of time in researching, creating, proofreading and testing before releasing. We’ve written five new tests (20 lessons / tests in total) and have focused on original, up-to-date 2022 topics.

An overview of our thoughts behind these lessons: We’ve always believed that students should really spend time exploring a text and its topic as much as possible. These tests / lessons really do this through reading a text (example) in detail and answering questions, identifying the main ideas to produce a summary (exampleand then apply critical thinking techniques to a text that the students know well. The listening lecture (example) is on the same topic as the reading text but may be one element of the topic, a related issue or a case study. It includes a professionally recorded lecture and Power Point slides. The students can be given a copy of the slides to take notes on and then use their notes to answer the test questions. The speaking seminar (example) is where the students bring the two texts (reading and listening) together. They are given time to prepare before the seminar to take notes on the similarities and differences, key arguments and credible evidence, as well as questioning some of the ideas in the texts.

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Reading Test

We’ve always believed that students should really spend time exploring a text and its topic as much as possible. One text can offer hours of class time as students can explore the ideas, the evidence, the stance and the vocabulary. Example

Summary Writing

Using the same text as the reading test, the idea is to get students to engage with the article as much as possible. After doing the reading test, they should have a good understanding of the text to then identify the main ideas and write a summary. After this task, there is a critical thinking section to help students develop their higher order thinking skills around a text they know well. The lesson comes with sample notes, a sample summary and critical thinking ideas. Example

Lecture Listening

The lecture topic is on the same topic as the reading text but may be one element of the topic, a related issue or a case study. It includes a professionally recorded lecture and includes Power Point slides. The students can be given a copy of the slides to take notes on and then use their notes to answer the test questions. We are trying to replicate university study as much as possible with the note-taking around a PPT. The lesson includes downloadable PPT slides, a video or MP3 file and a range of different  questions. Example

Seminar Speaking

This is where the students bring the two texts (reading and listening) together. They are given time to prepare before the seminar to take notes on the similarities and differences, key arguments and credible evidence, as well as questioning some of the ideas in the texts. The students then come together for a 20 minute seminar and discuss a set of questions based on the two texts. We think this is the best part of the whole lesson as it gives students the chance to express their opinions but more importantly build confidence in being able to discuss something that they have spent a considerable amount of time studying and learning about. Example

Reading Skills [new 2022]

Air Pollution

Reading Test: Air Pollution [new 2022]

This 756-word text explains how ambient air pollution is a serious environmental health problem around the world. It talks about how air pollution is measured, the causes and effects of air pollution and the current measures that are being implemented to reduce air pollution. The reading test includes: matching headings to paragraphs; true, false, not given; open answer questions; summary identification exercise; reference words and a vocabulary task. (Example) Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading & Summary Writing Lesson: Air Pollution (new 2022)

This 756-word text explains how ambient air pollution is a serious environmental health problem around the world. It talks about how air pollution is measured, the causes and effects of air pollution and the current measures that are being implemented to reduce air pollution. The summary task includes: note-taking worksheet with key, summary writing exercise with one sample summary, and a critical thinking worksheet with suggested answers(Example) Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP 

 Listening Test: Air Pollution [new 2022]

This short 10:50 lecture introduces the global cost of air pollution. It talks about the most polluted cities around the world, it explains how much air pollution costs developing countries and it puts forward measures to decrease air pollution at a global, national and individual level. The listening test includes: open answer questions; true, false, not given; multiple choice; and a gap fill summary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [10.50]MP3 / PPT link in download / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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 Seminar Speaking: Air Pollution [new 2022]

This is a speaking seminar sheet that provides a range of questions for students to discuss together after they have done the reading and listening texts. The seminar provides students with an opportunity to discuss the content, share their opinions and build confidence in speaking. Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Buy Now, Pay Later

Reading Test: Buy Now, Pay Later [new 2022]

This 793-word text defines Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL), it talks about the users and the providers of the platform, it explains the benefits and the drawbacks of BNPL and it looks at what can be done to improve this way of purchasing products. The reading test includes: matching headings to paragraphs; true, false, not given; open answer questions; summary identification exercise; reference words and a vocabulary task. (Example) Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading & Summary Writing Lesson: Buy Now, Pay Later (new 2022)

This 793-word text defines Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL), it talks about the users and the providers of the platform, it explains the benefits and the drawbacks of BNPL and it looks at what can be done to improve this way of purchasing products. The summary task includes: note-taking worksheet with key, summary writing exercise with one sample summary, and a critical thinking worksheet with suggested answers(Example) Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP 

 Listening Test: Buy Now Pay Later [new 2022]

This short lecture defines Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL), discusses the market share of different countries, introduces Klarna the largest provider of BNPL, explains why Klarna is so successful and looks at the issues with BNPL using Klarna as an example. The listening test includes: open answer questions; true, false, not given; multiple choice; and a gap fill summary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [10.14]MP3 / PPT link in download / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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 Seminar Speaking: Buy Now Pay Later [new 2022]

This is a speaking seminar sheet that provides a range of questions for students to discuss together after they have done the reading and listening texts. The seminar provides students with an opportunity to discuss the content, share their opinions and build confidence in speaking. Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Global Debt

Reading Test: Global Debt [new 2022]

This 775-word text defines global debt, explains how to measure global debt and compares the level of debt in some countries. It talks about the difference between emerging markets and advanced economies in terms of debt, it discusses the reasons for the current debt issues and it compares past and present financial crises. The reading test includes: matching headings to paragraphs; true, false, not given; open answer questions; summary identification exercise; reference words and a vocabulary task. (Example) Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading & Summary Writing Lesson: Global Debt (new 2022)

This 775-word text defines global debt, explains how to measure global debt and compares the level of debt in some countries. It talks about the difference between emerging markets and advanced economies in terms of debt, it discusses the reasons for the current debt issues and it compares past and present financial crises. The summary task includes: note-taking worksheet with key, summary writing exercise with one sample summary, and a critical thinking worksheet with suggested answers(Example) Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP 

 Listening Test: Global Debt [new 2022]

This short 10:51 lecture defines global debt, looks at the current trends regarding debt and explains how global borrowing works. It discusses why global borrowing has increased, puts forward some reasons why debt could be sustainable and looks at what’s happening with inflation. The listening test includes: open answer questions; true, false, not given; multiple choice; and a gap fill summary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [10.51]MP3 / PPT link in download / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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 Seminar Speaking: Global Debt [new 2022]

This is a speaking seminar sheet that provides a range of questions for students to discuss together after they have done the reading and listening texts. The seminar provides students with an opportunity to discuss the content, share their opinions and build confidence in speaking. Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Microchips

Reading Test: The microchip crisis [new 2022]

This 773-word text discusses the current microchip shortage. It looks at the cause and effects of this crisis, it talks about the world’s reliance on the largest two manufacturers, and it puts forward solutions to mitigate this issue. The reading test includes: matching headings to paragraphs; true, false, not given; open answer questions; summary identification exercise; reference words and a vocabulary task. (Example) Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading & Summary Writing Lesson: The microchip crisis (new 2022)

This 773-word text discusses the current microchip shortage. It looks at the cause and effects of this crisis, it talks about the world’s reliance on the largest two manufacturers, and it puts forward solutions to mitigate this issue. The summary task includes: note-taking worksheet with key, summary writing exercise with one sample summary, and a critical thinking worksheet with suggested answers(Example) Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP 

 Listening test: The global microchip crisis [new 2022]

This short lecture explains why there is a global shortage of microchips. It talks about why silicon is used to manufacture microchips, the challenge of producing microchips, the costs involved in production, and the profits the largest manufacturers need to make. The listening test includes: open answer questions; true, false, not given; multiple choice; and a gap fill summary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [7.14]MP3 / PPT link in download / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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 Seminar Speaking: The global microchip crisis [new 2022]

This is a speaking seminar sheet that provides a range of questions for students to discuss together after they have done the reading and listening texts. The seminar provides students with an opportunity to discuss the content, share their opinions and build confidence in speaking. Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Primark

Reading Test: Primark: a case study [new 2022]

This 760-word text explains how Primark’s business model has led to it becoming a very successful business. It talks about Primark’s plans for expansion, it puts forward the reasons why Primark does not sell its products online and it explains how Primark intends to move towards more sustainable and ethical practices. The reading test includes: matching headings to paragraphs; true, false, not given; open answer questions; reference words and a vocabulary task. (Example) Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading & Summary Writing Lesson: Primark (new 2022)

This 760-word text explains how Primark’s business model has led to it becoming a very successful business. It talks about Primark’s plans for expansion, it puts forward the reasons why Primark does not sell its products online and it explains how Primark intends to move towards more sustainable and ethical practices. The summary task includes: note-taking worksheet with key, summary writing exercise with two sample summaries, and a critical thinking worksheet with suggested answers. (Example) Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP 

 Listening test: How ethical is Primark? [new 2022]

This short 07.25 lecture introduces the concept of fast fashion, it explains how Primark can buy and sell its garments so cheaply, it looks at Primark’s labour conditions and garment workers’ rights, and it discusses Primark’s carbon footprint. The listening test includes: open answer questions; multiple choice; true, false, not given and a gap fill summary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [7.25]MP3 / PPT link in download / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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 Seminar Speaking: Primark [new 2022]

This is a speaking seminar sheet that provides a range of questions for students to discuss together after they have done the reading and listening texts. The seminar provides students with an opportunity to discuss the content, share their opinions and build confidence in speaking. Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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