Are you an international student interested in studying at a post secondary institution here in Canada?
As a student progresses through high school and gears up for post secondary study, I would encourage all students to build their academic English language skills. (AES)
Even if your education has been in a country where English was your primary language of education, you may find your academic English skills (AES) to not be on par with the future post secondary course of your dreams.
As an international agent here in Canada, I am finding that quite a few universities and colleges are now requiring an English language test score as part of their application process. While sometimes Post Secondary Institutions will exempt certain nations from this requirement, I am finding more and more Designated Learning Institutions are adding blanket English language requirements to all international students no matter what country or educational system you hail from.
It is prudent that students can demonstrate a solid English language test score as part of your application profile. Especially if you are seeking out high level post secondary Bachelor or Masters programs in fields that require a high level of academic English i.e. Engineering
What is Academic English Skill (AES)? Academic English Skills (AES) is a qualification that provides you with the thorough training in language and academic skills needed to achieve your academic potential at the university of your choice.
Key skills that AES will develop include:
Reading effectively and critically
Making notes in lectures and presentations
Delivering presentations and participating in academic seminars
Researching, planning and writing academic essays
Developing the accuracy and range in written and spoken language required to express yourself appropriately, with clarity and confidence
How can I get an impression about where my AES skills are at??? Take a free English language test.
The three key English language exams use for post secondary admission are...
As an international student agent over the last 20 plus years, I have actually taken some of these practice exams just to see where my AES skills are at and to be able to get a feeling of what my students needs are. As a person whom grew up in an English language educational system, I found the practice exams to be quite humbling. I found myself having to look up many of the words and definitions in order to fully understand them myself.
I strongly recommend pursuing an English language program before you apply to study in Canada. The time and expense you take in advance will be of benefit as you will not likely have to take an English as a Second Language program prior to your program of study. Taking AES programs in advance will also help prepare you for the academic language that will regularly be used in your program of choice. Long and short it...it will be easier to participate and get solid grades in your program.
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