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.





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We know that getting the right IELTS score is incredibly important for you to progress at university and in work.

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 highly 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.

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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.


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.

Venture English can arrange homestays with independent hosts for students who want to study with us, typically for 1-8 weeks.

We have carefully chosen local hosts who are warm and friendly, close to school (5-30 minutes by bus or on foot) and have comfortable, pleasant homes where you can study, relax and socialise in English.

You can use the kitchen to prepare meals, chill out in the living room, have a hot shower day or night, access the internet via wifi, and practise your English with your host.

Prices for bed and breakfast with a local host start at £180 per week.  Our one-time fee for arranging your homestay is £35.

Arrange Your Own Accommodation
When we travel, we want accommodation that suits our budget and taste, so we always use Airbnb. With Airbnb, you can choose the kind of accommodation, place and price that suits you.

For more information about arranging your own short-term and long-term accommodation in Edinburgh, read our full accommodation guide.

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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.