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IELTS, FCE, CAE and CPE exams

Are you getting ready for an IELTS, FCE, CAE or CPE English exam? Do you need help from an experienced exam teacher? I have been helping students with these English exams for almost 20 years. This means I know your exam really well and can help you with the exam strategies you need to get a better score. My lessons have helped students to emigrate abroad, study at foreign universities and get better jobs.

Why prepare for your exam online?

Preparing one-to-one for an exam like IELTS or First Certificate is better than studying in a group in a classroom because it’s much more intensive. Studying in one-to-one exams lessons mean you only focus on what you need to learn. And it’s better than studying alone because I can help you find focus and structure in your learning by offering expert advice and tips to help you pass your exam with confidence.

How it works

In our first meeting, we will discuss your exam English objectives carefully. We will talk about your experience of the exam and which parts you find difficult. This will help me to design a learning program for you.

In the lessons, we won’t just do exam questions. I will also be helping you to build the vocabulary and grammar that you need as well. The lessons will be focused on communication, practice, feedback and lots of help and support from me.

You will also have the chance to do regular homework assignments after each class which we will review in the next one.

Exam student testimonials

Thanks to Jonathan's lessons I successfully passed the CPE Exam. Based on my needs, we focused on the Speaking and Writing part. I got a routine and I felt very confident at the exam. He did an excellent job, as I had good results in both parts. Jonathan's lessons are well structured and he is a humourous guy which helps to be motivated for the lessons.

Markus

Thanks to Jonathan's excellent guidance I was ready to pass the CPE successfully. His experience with the CPE format, his quality in English teaching, his ability to listen carefully to my needs and develop a tailor-made learning strategy set the base for my successful learning path. And last but not least, it was also fun.

Fabian

“I'm a man of simple tastes. I'm always satisfied with the best.” (Oscar Wilde). This quote succinctly summarizes my experience with Jonathan. After looking at different traditional "brick and mortar" language schools I tried to find an alternative that would better suit my needs. I didn't want to spend six to twelve months in a standard program, which would not factor in my individual requirements.

Jonathan is a brilliant teacher on all levels. I was impressed how well he was able to identify where and why I was struggling. He knows every detail of the CPE by heart and is able to develop individual problem solving strategies for the different parts of the exam instantly.

The Proficiency not only requires a very high level of English, you also need to know exactly what is asked of you and in which way you need to solve the different tasks. After the preparation with Jonathan there were no surprises whatsoever in the exam. This allowed me to focus on the content of the exam and reduced the intensity of the situation during the exam substantially.

Although the lessons with Jonathan were intense and demanding, they never really felt that way. He is a very positive and encouraging teacher, focusing on your strengths and at the same time making sure you're being challenged.

Jonathan enabled me to prepare for the Proficiency in very short period of time. I've never taken a Cambridge exam before and passed the Proficiency with a B grade, only 3 marks short of the A grade. I think this speaks for itself.

Last but not least Jonathan is a great guy and it was a real pleasure working with him.

Alfonso

Jonathan helped me prepare for my CPE. He walked me through all parts of the exam with a perfect mix of encouragement, honest feedback and practical tips. So when the big day arrived, I knew exactly what to expect and felt confident about tackling each task. It went really well! Now Jonathan continues to work with me on business English and science topics. He is a very kind and competent teacher who creatively adapts the curriculum to your needs and skills. It’s the first time I try online lessons and find them very effective: thanks to Jonathan’s experience as an online teacher you forget amazingly quickly you’re actually bridging the distance from your home to the UK!

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I have been working with Jonathan for the last two and a half years. I got in contact with him because I needed some help in order to get the Certificate of Proficiency in English. I was looking for a native teacher, with a deep knowledge of English and reliability in his or her schedules. Jonathan meets all these requirements and, at the same, time he has a variety of resources that have helped me greatly. I believe that hiring him has been a very good decision. I have not only passed the exam but also my writing, use of English, speaking and spelling have improved dramatically during these two and a half years working with him. The money that I have spent on these classes has paid off with a good result and Jonathan will continue being my teacher.

Fernando

Jonathan helped me to prepare myself for the CAE exam, especially for the Speaking part. I improved quickly in this task, as he taught me to have a strategy for the conversations, to handle the time pressure and to get a routine. I appreciated his well structured lessons and the helpful homework he gave me. Jonathan is a highly encouraging teacher, I can definitely recommend him.

Markus

Hello, I am Caroline from Martinique. When I began learning English it was mainly in order to get the TOEIC test. These lessons were very useful for my English because thanks to these I got 925 in the TOEIC, a very high score. The lessons were funny and useful and Jonathan was patient and friendly.

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When I started my lessons with Jonathan I didn't know if it would be useful or just a waste of time and money. After eight lessons I can say that Jonathan is a very good teacher, because he always finds key points and interesting topics to discuss about. I recommend his lessons to all who want to learn more about English. Doesn't matter your actual level, you will improve!

Marcoitaly

I've tried many lessons online but the lessons I had with Jonathan were far and away the best I've ever encountered.

Andreia

Having classes with Jonathan is a totally reliable way to achieve a successful result on your exam. It's not just because he covers all the points related to the exam so well but he also teaches in such a dynamic way that makes you feel confident and well-prepared for your exam.

Marcobrazil

I have been preparing for my CAE exam with Jonathan for some months and I really must say that the course was extremely useful. The lessons were not only interesting but also challenging. Jonathan was always perfectly prepared and had a lot of good material in stock. He always had a good explanation for all of my questions and I really learned a lot. I left the examination room with a good feeling. Thank you very much, Jonathan! 

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Having decided to take a CPE exam, I was particularly worried about the speaking test. What I needed was an opportunity to regularly practice speaking and, even more, I needed confidence. Jonathan did a great job in providing me with both. The lessons were varied and challenging and would always help me push beyond my limits. Jonathan's feedback was useful, punctual but never encumbering. Above all, he helped me boost my confidence with his encouragement and with his practical suggestions on how to approach the exam. After our lessons, the actual speaking test was easy as pie. I passed the exam at grade A, and it's not a coincidence that Speaking was recognized as my strongest point.

Marco

My name is Manhal and I am from Syria. My plan was to emigrate to Canada but for a long time I was afraid about getting the score I needed on IELTS (6.5). But after my lessons with Jonathan I've now got a 6.5 (Writing 7, Speaking 7, Listening 7, Writing 5.5) and now I am completing my documents for emigration. Really  I appreciate Mr Jonathan for teaching me and for all his hard efforts.

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To be able to fully satisfy the entry requirements of the British University I had to pass the IELTS exam with no less then 6.0 overall. When I started taking lessons with Jonathan my score was 5.5. The lessons were very logical and structured, interesting and entertaining. After a very short period of time I passed the exam with confidence. I got a 6.5 (L7.0, R7.0, W6.0, S6.0). I definitely will continue to study English with Jonathan and try to take FCE, CAE and maybe CPE in future. I really appreciate Jonathan for his help, he's a very professional English teacher! 

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I started studying English in Jan 2005 in the UK. My level then was not so good; I was in the beginner class and it was very hard to do things in Britain like get a job. I had private online lessons for the IELTS exam because I needed to go to university in the UK in Sheffield. After six months of lessons with Jonathan I passed my IELTS exam with 7,8,7 and 7 - which was more than I needed. For me, this was incredible because my English was poor in January.

Miguel

Jonathan helped me to get a fantastic result in the IELTS test which was much better than I could have hoped for - it was a bit unexpected for me to be honest. His lessons were always thorough and very professionally organised. It wasn't easy to pass the test but Jonathan helped me feel much more ready for it when the time came. I can recommend his lessons to anyone who wants to take the IELTS test with online tuition.

Nadia

In spite of taking the IELTS test more than 10 times, I was not able to get 7.0 in writing because before I had an English teacher who was not an expert in the test. However, my writing skill has miraculously improved through lessons with Jonathan, even though it was a relatively short time. My latest score is: Listening 7.0 Reading 8.0 Writing 7.0 Speaking 8.0 overall 7.5. This result is more than I expected and good enough to apply for my university course in the UK. If you are struggling with IELTS, I strongly recommend you to study with Jonathan. His flexible teaching methods and passion will definitely make you reach your desired result.

Daisuke