Cambridge Exam Preparation | 6 Weeks - CAE EP30

The programme

Improve your English in the west of Ireland and pass the Cambridge Advanced Certificate CAE on this Exam Preparation Course.  This 6 week course gives you a balance of communication skills and exam practise.

  • Minimum Course Length

    6 weeks

  • Lessons a Week

    30 lessons per week (22.5 hours)
    45 minutes per lesson

  • Minimum English Level

    Advanced - C1

  • Cost


  • Start Dates

    04.02.2019, 23.04.2019
    13.05.2019, 04.11.2019

  • Maximum Class Size


  • Minimum Age

    17 in low season
    16 in high season

  • Lesson times

    Mon - Fri 9.00 - 15.00

Who is the course for?

Cambridge English Certificates are the world's most valuable and widely-recognised selection of English qualifications.

This 6-week exam course is for individuals who wish to thoroughly prepare for the Cambridge English Advanced exam in a short period of time. Our students' motivation for taking this course can vary, some are focused on their future studies, some know that having the Cambridge Advanced qualification will greatly improve their employment prospects, while others simply embrace the challenge of working towards a specific goal. No matter the reason, this GCI course will be of significant benefit to you on your English learning journey. 

Course objectives

The objective of this course is to thoroughly prepare you for all aspects of the Cambridge Advanced exam including language use, skills work, familiarisation with the exam format and useful exam tips and  techniques.

The CAE exam preparation course is a natural progression in your language learning journey. Following this course and successfully passing the Cambridge exam, proves that you can:

  • Express yourself with a high level of fluency.
  • Pursue an academic course at university level.
  • Effectively communicate  in the workplace.
  • Participate with confidence in meetings, conferences or in education.

Course content

This GCI course is designed to improve students' English knowledge & competence level and boost skills for the exam. All of our teachers are highly experienced and we use the best and the most up to date exam preparation materials. You are encouraged to take full advantage of their study time in Galway with exam-taking tips, independent study tasks and a wide variety of self-access options. When you arrive at GCI, you will receive:

  • an Advanced exam course book - used for all lessons and home study tasks.
  • an Advanced language practice book - used to support your lessons and for self-study.

Throughout your 6 weeks with us, you will be developing your current English language skills, using tasks which follow the same format as the exam tasks. You will get the opportunity to practise all aspects of the Cambridge Advanced exam - Reading and Use of English, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. Your lessons will introduce you to a range of new vocabulary on a selection of topics designed to assist you in your exam. Your present knowledge of grammatical forms will improve and you will receive constant support and personalised feedback from your teachers. During the course sample exam papers from Cambridge will also be completed and you will even take a mock exam under real exam conditions & timings.

As a result of our continuing commitment to the high exceptional materials, teachers and methods, our students enter the exam feeling prepared.  This will be shown in your exam results.

The majority of students sit the Cambridge Advanced exam at the end of their 6-week preparation course. Galway Cultural Institute is an authorised Cambridge English Test Centre. Our students are always pleased that they can take their exam in a familiar setting - here at our school in Salthill.

Sample timetable


Exam Focus:
Reading Part 5
Multiple Choice
Developing Exam Skills:
Collaborative discussions: agreeing & disagreeing
Exam Focus:
Open Close & Word Formation.
Developing Writing Skills:

Language Focus: Formal register
Weekly Review:

Exam Focus:
Speaking Exam Practice

Developing Exam Skills:
Speaking Part 1 & 2
Exam Focus:
Listening Part 1 & 2
Developing Exam Skills:
Collaborative Speaking Tasks Parts 3 & 4
Language Focus: 
Grammar: partical clauses
Language Focus:
Phrasal verbs

Language Focus: 
Passive Forms & Linking adverbials
Language Focus: Past participles & Dependent PrepositionsLanguage Focus: Verb/Noun collocationsLanguage Focus: Grammar reviews: conditional formsDeveloping Exam Skills: Reading Part 7 Gapped Texts
Course Start DateExam Date
04 Feb 201916 March 2019 (Sat)
23 April 201901 June 2019 (Sat)
13 May 201922 June 2019 (Sat)
04 Nov 201914 Dec 2019 (Sat)