"So you have reached a plateau in your English learning and general classes are not challenging you enough..."
Then maybe one of the Cambridge English examinations is for you. There are a few to choose from; CPE, CAE and FCE. GCI run all of these quite regularly. It will definitely improve your knowledge and use of English and will make communication easier and will generally increase your overall confidence in English.
Depending on your circumstances, you could do 4, 6 or 12 week course. Please remember that doing a 4 week course is very intensive and is more suited to people who need to refresh not learn the grammar and vocabulary from scratch and also the workload is immense. Expect to eat, sleep and think only about the Cambridge English Examinations for the 4 weeks.
A 6 week course is less intense but again is more suited to people who are comfortable at a B2 level and a 12 week course is for people who want a slower pace of learning, taking their time to learn at their own pace and having the teacher go through everything in minute detail and still have time to enjoy their life in Galway and explore the country. But be aware whatever course you do you will have to work very hard and while teachers do everything they can to keep to you motivated and focused please remember that there will be times when you want to give up or think that you won’t pass. This is totally natural, talk to your teacher and they will help you to overcome the difficulty.
The hardest thing about the new revised F.C.E is timing for Paper 1. You have to be ruthless in your time keeping so during whatever course you decide to take, you need to constantly time yourself when doing exam practice. Be aware of where you gain time and spots that you are prone to losing it.
There are a few different Cambridge English Examinations to get your head around. The most common of which would have to be the First Cambridge Examinations or FCE. The FCE, like all Cambridge English qualifications is an globally recognised qualification. The FCE grants its holder greater employment prospects in English-speaking counties and further afield.
Next, the Cambridge Advanced Examinations (CAE) are a little bit more tricky to conquer. The CAE is for students who are looking to pursue a higher level of English language. They might need the CAE because they’re looking to live long-term in an English-speaking country.