December. FBE. The ICFE Pretest (Kiev. Ukraine)
Financial Business English School, which has been recently approved by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations as a center for pretesting, held the ICFE (Cambridge International Certificate in Financial English) Pretest on December 19, 2009.
Fourteen candidates were lucky to participate in the Pretesting of ICFE exam.
Elena Pereva, Financial Business English School’s representative, said: “We’ve been lucky to get this golden opportunity to get much valuable experience in holding tests of this level. It’s been a challenge to simulate the exam conditions during the pretest so that the candidates could feel they were taking a real exam. All in all, I suppose we’ve managed to re-create the exam conditions and the candidates have gained good experience in completing answer sheets in a ‘test-like’ environment. As they said after the event, the Pretest gave them an opportunity to overcome the ‘exam’ stress and to see the areas that may need some further study or practice. The participation in the Pretest has helped the candidates to further develop their knowledge of assessment issues and they were really happy to be an active part of Cambridge ESOL’s programme!”.
Nagornyak Igor, a candidate said: “Having taken this exam, I felt even more confident about the knowledge in Financial English I have already got. I think I’m ready to take this exam in February and I hope to pass it. Of course, the Pretest has showed a few areas I need to look into before the exam. In fact, I’ve been very glad to take the Pretest as I’ve gained some valuable experience while being in the exam environment”.
Chernyavsky Pavel, a candidate said: “It gave me a nice opportunity to test my knowledge, to try my exam techniques, to familiarise myself with exam regulations, and to manage the time appropriately. It has been particularly valuable experience”.
Pashyna Tatyana, a candidate said: “It has helped me in understanding what the test is like; identify my level of financial English and current requirements in this respect. This experience is valuable due to the fact that I did not know anything about the test and now I have a general idea about it, which is good”.
For further information about ICFE including sample papers, please visit www.fbe.org.ua