HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE ENGLISH TEST
English language is not difficult to master. To understand the language one needs to understand the basics of grammar. One also needs to read various books and magazines to grasp the nuances of the language. This will enable the candidate not only to have an analytical ability but also helps the person to strengthen his/her vocabulary usage. There is no end to learn or mug up English vocabulary. The more you read, the more you learn.
- English Language has no genders. Apart from people, all objects are 'neuter', not 'masculine' or 'feminine'. So you say 'it' for such things, and do not need to learn any genders.
- It usually has easy verb endings. Apart from a few 'irregular' verbs, verb endings are easy, and hardly change.
- Adjectives remain the same for all words - there are no different endings to learn.
- The singular and plural pronoun 'you' is the same. There is no need to decide whether to use a polite form, or an intimate form, when speaking to someone.
The difficult parts of English are:
- The spelling of a word may not show what the pronunciation (way of saying) the word is. This is because English words come from many different sources.
- Because English came from two main sources-old French, and old Anglo-Saxon, there is a very large vocabulary of words. Words with similar meaning may have come from both sources. For example, START (from Anglo-Saxon) and COMMENCE (from old French). The meaning is similar, but not precisely the same. To prepare for competitive examinations, one has to be methodical and observant along with being hard working. Routine practice of model papers is necessary which would be provided to you online.
- Try to make a list of words and their meanings. You can save it in the form of a presentation. Test yourself from time to time to remember the meanings of the words.
- To know English language well, one has to know the grammar well enough, particularly the 'tenses' and 'subject-verb agreement'.
- Read as many English books, newspapers and magazines as you can find on a regular basis to understand the flow of the language. You can read the English version of the monthly magazine Readers Digest. It has short stories and articles.
- Listening/watching English news on radio and TV also helps.
- The English course provided is equivalent to a set norms of the International English Language testing system which assesses the language abilities of candidates who need to study or work where English is required as the language of communication.
- Mark any information you don't understand in a particular section; keep a focus on one unit or a manageable group of exercises.
- Recall after studying the section, stop and put what you have learned into your own words.
- Read carefully and try to have an analytical ability to study the language. There are strategies for critical thinking. For instance ask yourself questions like:
- What is the topic of the book or reading?
- What issues are addressed?
- What conclusion does the author reach about the issue(s)?
- What are the author’s reasons for his or her statements or belief?
- Is the author using facts, theory, or faith?
- Everyday, practice writing an essay on any topic of your liking to be conversant with the language. The more you practice, the more confidence you will gain in written and conversational English.
- Converse with others in English to know the language well enough. Talk to friends who are also learning English. Make a rule, perhaps for an hour, or when you go out together, you will only speak English to each other.
If you are able to follow the points listed above, then you will surely do well in your competitive examinations. The secret to success lies in hard work, persistence and constant practice. The more you practice, the more you will be confident of the language.
Since English is a mixture of words from many languages, there is no set
of rules that will cover the spelling of all English words. This is
because a large part of English tradition life and language is based
upon classical origins. A list of confusables is given in your content
to highlight this. Long ago Latin and Greek had been the language
of civilization in England. This Greeco-Roman culture in school time table was thus irritably accepted.
To simplify the use of this very rich English language course, examples are given and a large number of alternatives to practice the appropriate antonyms for which proper synonyms have to be chosen. After making this exhaustive practice, the student should do well to compare the correct answer given. By different exercises, and ample illustrations the uses of vocabulary can be perfected by comparing the answers, given automatically without any external heip.