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







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






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 £280

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
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.



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.


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.


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