Exam Preparation

1+ hour
Tailor-made Timetable

Our private IELTS, Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE), Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) and Trinity exam preparation courses are designed to fully develop your English and exam skills.




Exam Preparation

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We know that getting the right IELTS score is incredibly important for you to progress at university and in work.  Private exam preparation classes can help you achieve that, and are arranged at flexible times to fit your busy timetable.

Our small team of post-graduate educated teachers work closely with you to give you the best possible chance of achieving your goal.  At Venture English you can be confident you will receive the personalised support that you need.

We particularly focus on tutoring students in their academic writing and reading skills, as we understand this is the area students most need to improve.

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Our one-to-one private Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) and First Certificate (FCE) preparation courses are designed to fully develop your English skills to an advanced (C1) or upper-intermediate (B2) English level.  We also aim to give you the best possible chance of succeeding in the challenging Cambridge exams by helping you improve your exam technique.

Your qualified and experienced teachers work closely with you to develop all of your skills through fun and interesting communicative activities, with a particular focus on your individual needs.

You will be assigned extensive homework and exam practice to do at home so that you can also develop and improve between classes.

If you would prefer to join group classes, we offer intensive 6 week Cambridge First Certificate and Cambridge Advanced preparation courses.

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We are highly experienced in Trinity GESE and ISE exams, and work with you to effectively prepare you for the speaking, listening, writing, interactive and conversational elements of this popular exam.

As with all private exam preparation courses, we will give you a lot of self-study activities to help you develop and practise between classes.  You will also learn about exam technique, and see numerous examples of other students taking the Trinity spoken exam.

We believe you will find Trinity exam preparation particularly enjoyable because it focuses on natural interaction and communication, using real English that you will find useful in all aspects of your life in English.

Why choose Venture English?

  • We’re a small, teacher-run school, so we treat you like a person, not a statistic. We genuinely care about your experience with us and your progress.
  • Our teachers are qualified and very experienced, as well as fascinating people with broad interests who have a lot of life experience to bring into the classroom.
  • We’re perfectly situated for you to continue learning English even after class, as Venture English is at Summerhall, Edinburgh’s most adventurous arts, events and education venue!

Who is the course for?

Our Private Exam Preparation classes are for international adults who aim to take an IELTS, Cambridge or Trinity exam.  Perhaps you plan to get a job at an English speaking company or go to an English language university.  Or you might simply want to demonstrate your English level, or improve English so that you can be a more effective global citizen!

Private classes are for individuals.  If there are two or more of you, or you would like to organise a course for your team, please contact us for a quote.

Can I combine classes?

You can combine Private Exam Preparation classes with one or more of our mini group courses.

Edinburgh Homestay

Live like a local by staying with locals in a homestay!  Our homestays are with independent Edinburgh hosts who welcome you into their homes.  This is a great way to practise English and learn about Scottish culture and the city of Edinburgh!  You can choose the kind of host you stay with.  For example, a family, retired couple or young professionals; self-catering, B&B or half-board; private or shared bathroom etc.  In all cases, you will have a private bedroom, use of the kitchen, living room and washing machine, and free wifi.  Homestays are from £175 per week.  Venture English charges an accommodation arrangement fee of £35 for your total stay.

Homestay accommodation in Edinburgh

City Centre Hostel

Venture English has partnered with stylish city centre hostel, The Baxter, to offer you comfortable shared accommodation at a 15% discount!  The Baxter is a boutique hostel with a contemporary Scottish feel that opened in 2017.  It’s a 20 minute walk to Venture English, 10 minutes to the Old Town and Royal Mile, and right next to Princes Street and the airport bus/tram stops.  Dorm rooms are shared with other adults, and have between 4 and 12 beds.  Contact Venture English to book with a 15% discount.  A dorm bed is from £137 per week.  Venture English charges an accommodation arrangement fee of £15 for your total stay.

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Private Apartments

If you want a private apartment so that you can cook and enjoy your own space at an affordable price, we recommend Airbnb.  Airbnb is an online community of local hosts who offer spare rooms or whole apartments at prices often cheaper than hotels.  The accommodation is in real homes, so you get to stay somewhere interesting, and experience what it’s like to live as a local.  If you would like to book through Venture English, a member of our accommodation team will visit and arrange an apartment for you.  Apartments in Edinburgh via Airbnb are from £400 per week.  Our accommodation arrangement fee is £35 for your total stay.

Private apartments in Edinburgh

Price Summary

Homestay: from £175 per week + £35 arrangement fee

Hostel: from £137 per week + £15 arrangement fee

Private apartment: from £400 per week + £35 arrangement fee

*Please note, in July and especially August accommodation gets booked up very quickly and prices may rise.  Venture English tries very hard to arrange the accommodation you want at prices you can afford, and we always communicate openly with you about availability.

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How to Book

To book your group course or private lesson(s), you need to make full payment.  Places are limited, so early booking is strongly recommended.

You can pay online via Paypal (including credit or debit card) or bank transfer (BACS or Transferwise.com).  If you prefer to pay in cash, simply arrange to visit Venture English to make payment.  Your booking is only confirmed when we receive your full payment.

At checkout, you can tell us which dates you want to book, and any other information.

If you have any questions before you book, just ask – we’re happy to help!

What Happens Next?

When we receive your payment, we will email you confirmation of your course booking.

We will then ask you to fill out a needs analysis so that we know more about your study aims and interests.  We may arrange a face-to-face or Skype chat to assess your English level and discuss your course.


Venture English reserves the right to cancel a course in circumstances outside of our control or, in the case of group courses, when fewer than three students have enrolled. Full payment will be refunded when a course cannot be provided.

If you cancel your course:

  • more than 28 days before its commencement, all payment will be refunded, minus any bank transfer or administration fees.
  • between 28 and 14 days before its commencement, 50% of your course fees will be refunded, minus any bank transfer or administration fees.
  • less than 14 days before its commencement, or if you withdraw from the course having started it, no payment will be returned.

For further information, see our Terms & Conditions.

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