How I did it: I've been studying English since I was 12 years old (5th grade). Nowadays kids in schools here start learning English in the 1st grade which is excellent.
Technically it took me 2 days to do it but this exam is where I showed what I've learned in the past 15 years. Apparently during those 15 years I should have been writing more. :D Over the years I've learned English in school (4 years in elementary and 4 years in grammar school) and with the help of music, films, TV shows and Internet. :)
I went over some previous exam papers to see what the exam is like before finally deciding to do it.
Got up early that morning, was at the examination venue half an hour before the start time. I said to myself "Nothing to be scared of. You've been using English for 15 years now. You've had moments where you used English instead of Serbian words because the English ones came first to you. You know this."
Was calm, confident and focused. Read how I did it… 4 weeks ago
Well this was a surprise. I was so sure Listening was going to be the death of me, then I get this and see I messed up Writing.
Now that I think about it it makes perfect sense. I’ve always been praised at school for my writing abilities but back then I had a lot more time and was also able to choose what I was going to write about. This time I had an hour and a half to write 2 texts on trends and fashion. Horrid subjects for me.
I don’t know what mistakes I made because invigilators could not give us any information on how Writing was graded.
I’m not happy with 78 but I took a chance, passed and showed great knowledge. I will get my certificate in a few days and am very proud of this success. :) 4 weeks ago
How I did it: I absorbed the language by:
- reading books
- friendly conversations with native speakers
- reading magazines
- translating technical articles
And in the last month I filled in two books with past tests. That's all. Read how I did it… 1 month ago
I’m going to have the results on Tuesday. The pressure is high, my score is in the air, I’m pretty much terrified of not passing.
On the other hand, I’ve been failing at different goals of mine for quite a long time already so if karma really exists as some people claim, something exhilarating should finally come into my existence, shouldn’t it? 1 month ago
So I finally did it. Today was Reading and Use of English, Writing and Listening. Wasn’t nervous, scared or worried. I should have been seeing how I haven’t really studied. I sort of did study but I definitely could have taken this exam a lot more seriously. Tomorrow is Speaking and I hope I do well.
Exam was quite easy (maybe too easy :D) until the Listening. It was a bit of a challenge because I have a very bad memory and everything I heard there was gone 5 seconds later. Luckily, every conversation was played twice. :)
I did my best in this exam and hope it gets me the best score. 2 months ago
i’ve been studying english for 6 years. I got the FCE witg an A. Then last summer the CAE with a B. And if this continues i should end up passing CPE with a C.i was never aunxious about english. I had never considered the prospective of failure. Here i am though 3 mere days before my CPE examination and 10 before ECCE and i definately do not feel calm. I’m here. One step before tha finish line and i feel i won’t be able to take it. I have been in contact with the english language all day especially the past 3 years. The part of the examination that dreads me most would be writting.while being under pressure i do not know if i will have any interesting ideas and pass or fail. The former is my ambition.and has just became my problem. 2 years ago