Exam Preparation

Intensive Exam Preparation

The Intensive Exam Preparation course is available all year round for periods of 4, 8 or 12 weeks. Each Intensive Exam Preparation course will consist of General English from 9:30 to 12:45 followed by a specific Exam Preparation module in the afternoon from 13:45 to 15:15. We recommend the Intensive Exam Preparation course to all students who want to achieve the best results in their English exam. As with other group courses, the maximum class size is 10 students.

The course will cover the following:

  • The format and procedures of the examination
  • Grammar and vocabulary development
  • Examination error correction
  • Academic vocabulary and style
  • Critical thinking and reflective learning
  • Continuous practise through the use of past papers and other materials

This English course will ensure that students are adequately prepared by focusing on each part of the examination including:

  • Listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Multiple choice and text with gaps
  • Use of English
  • Word formation and sentence completion

Monday to Friday: 09.30 – 12.45h and 13.45 – 15.15h

Course Summary Start Dates Number of Weeks Fees/ week
Intensive Exam Preparation course for FCE, CAE, CPE or IELTS exam, 30 lessons per week, Max 10 students per class. Every Monday
  • 2 – 6
  • 7 – 11
  • 12 – 19
  • 20 – 35
  • 36+
  • £315
  • £295
  • £280
  • £255
  • £245
Afternoon English Exam Preparation.

Students with limited free time may also participate in the afternoon Exam Preparation sessions which run from 13:45 to 15:15.

This option is only available to students who already posses the correct level of English to begin studying for the exam.

Course Summary Number of lessons Number of weeks Fee per week
Exam Strategy and Preparation for FCE, CAE, CPE or IELTS exams. Max group size is 10 students. 10 lessons per week 1-2

3-4

5+

£130

£120

£110

Evening Exam Preparation

Increase your chances of success and prepare for your IELTS or Cambridge exam with us!

Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays 18.30 – 20.00

We offer:

  • Classes in small groups (max. 10 per class)
  • Qualified, native-speaking teachers
  • Focus on speaking practice
  • All course material included
  • Classes suited to each ability
Course Summary Course dates Number of Weeks Fee per term
Exam Strategy and Preparation for IELTS or CAE Various start dates 12 weeks with a minimum of 5 students £270

NB: We are open on Bank Holiday Mondays.

Cambridge English Exam Dates & Prices

You can sit your Cambridge English Exam at Basil Paterson. Located in the heart of Edinburgh. They are Scotland’s largest EFL exam centre. Please check out the official website here for all details

We are more than happy to help you to apply. Please ask our admin team at the reception.

  1. Download and complete an application form here and a payment form here
  2. Send your completed application and payment form to cambridge.exams@basilpaterson.co.uk
  3. Exam fees can be paid by card, via cheque or in the college

2017 Cambridge English Exam Dates

EXAM DATES
CPE
11 MAR (FINAL ENTRY 16 FEB),
06 MAY (FINAL ENTRY 13 APRIL),
08 JUN (FINAL ENTRY 11 MAY)
30 NOV (FINAL ENTRY 02 NOV)
CAE
01 MAR (FINAL ENTRY 09 FEB)
20 MAY (FINAL ENTRY 27 APR)
07 JUN (FINAL ENTRY 11 MAY)
20 JUL (FINAL ENTRY 29 JUL)
25 AUG (FINAL ENTRY 03 AUG)
14 OCT (FINAL ENTRY 21 SEP)
29 NOV (FINAL ENTRY 02 NOV)
FCE
10 MAR (FINAL ENTRY 16 FEB)
13 MAY (FINAL ENTRY 20 APR)
06 JUN (FINAL ENTRY 11 MAY)
27 JUL (FINAL ENTRY 06 JUL)
24 AUG (FINAL ENTRY 03 AUG)
07 OCT (FINAL ENTRY 14 SEP)
28 NOV (FINAL ENTRY 02 NOV)
PET FOR SCHOOLS
07 AND 10 JUN (FINAL ENTRY 18 MAY)
KET & PET
26 MAY (FINAL ENTRY 04 MAY)
25 JUL (FINAL ENTRY 06 JUL)
01 DEC (FINAL ENTRY 09 NOV)

2017 Fees

2017 EXAM 2017 FEES
KET/PET £85
FCE £135
CAE £140
CPE £145

2018 Cambridge English Exam Dates

EXAM DATES
CPE
10 MAR (FINAL ENTRY TBC),
12 MAY (FINAL ENTRY TBC),
14 JUN (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
06 DEC (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
CAE
17 MAR (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
12 MAY (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
13 JUN (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
25 JUL (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
24 AUG (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
20 OCT (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
05 DEC (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
FCE
16 MAR (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
19 MAY (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
12 JUN (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
26 JUL (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
23 AUG (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
13 OCT (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
04 DEC (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
PET FOR SCHOOLS
06 AND 09 JUN (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
KET & PET
25 MAY (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
24 JUL (FINAL ENTRY TBC)
07 DEC (FINAL ENTRY TBC)

2018 Fees

2018 EXAM 2018 FEES
KET/PET £85
FCE £140
CAE £145
CPE £150

 

IELTS Exam Dates & Prices

You can sit your IELTS exal at Basil Paterson. Located in the heart of Edinburgh. They are Scotland’s largest EFL exam centre. Please check out the official website here for all details

IMPORTANT: There are different types of IELTS exam:

  • IELTS for UK Visa & immigration purposes (UKVI): Academic and General Training
  • Regular IELTS: Academic and General Training

We are more than happy to help you to apply. Please ask our admin team at the reception.

HOW TO APPLY

STEP 1: You must apply online for the correct exam so check with your university or embassy which IELTS exam is needed for your application.

You can take the regular Basil Paterson IELTS exam if you are an EU student applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at a British university. You can also take the regular Basil Paterson IELTS exam for emigration out of the UK. (e.g. Australia, Canada etc.) These exams can be taken in Edinburgh or Aberdeen.

This costs £155 (£160 for 2018 exams). You can check current availability and apply at: ielts.britishcouncil.org/basilpaterson

You need to take the UKVI IELTS exam if you are applying for UK Citizenship.You need to take the IELTS Life Skills exam if you are applying for a Settlement visa. These two exams are run by the British Council directly but use Basil Paterson as a venue. Please note that payment and ID documents submission for these exams must be made through the British Council, not Basil Paterson.

Both the UKVI IELTS and IELTS Life Skills exams can be applied for online: ieltsukvisas.britishcouncil.org

Basil Paterson accepts no responsibility for booking the correct exam. You MUST contact your embassy or university for guidance on which exam you are required to take.

STEP 2:

After your application, you will need to pay the exam fee of £155 (£160 for 2018 exams). This payment can be made by using the Paypal button below, by credit/debit card by telephoning Basil Paterson on 0131 225 3802 or in person at the college.  Basil Paterson is located at 66 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 4NA.

2017 IELTS EXAMINATIONS AT BASIL PATERSON

07 January 08 April* 08 July 14 October
14 January 22 April 15 July 21 October
21 January 29 April 29 July 28 October*
11 February* 06 May 12 August 04 November
18 February 13 May 19 August* 11 November
25 February 20 May 26 August 25 November
04 March 03 June* 09 September 02 December*
18 March 17 June 16 September 09 December
25 March 24 June 30 September

2018 IELTS EXAMINATIONS AT BASIL PATERSON

06 January 07 April* 07 July 13 October
13 January 14 April 21 July 20 October
20 January 21 April 28 July 27 October*
03 February 05 May 11 August 03 November
10 February* 12 May 18 August* 10 November
24 February 19 May 25 August 17 November
03 March 02 June* 08 September 01 December*
10 March 23 June 15 September 08 December
24 March 30 June 29 September