ePrepz Test Preparation Update Coming Soon

We are always striving to improve and update our learning materials here at ePrepz. After asking for some feedback from our students we are in the process of updating the study material with more exercises and adding video lectures. The survey showed that the video lecture specifically was something that was highly requested by our students.

The lectures will cover test content and strategies on how to best perform when taking your exam.

These updates will rollout in the beginning of February. So if you just recently joining ePrepz you’re in luck as you will have access to all the new study material.

The updated test preparation content will include the TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS packages as well as the Business English training.

Check out our blog or follow us on social networks for more information on the release of the updated version of ePrepz test preparation.

Why your Company should Utilize eLearning

The eLearning revolution is here to stay. Mobile technology and the Internet have changed the way we learn and develop our skills. Still, there are plenty of companies that do not utilize the many tools eLearning can offer. Here are some interesting facts that show why your company should incorporate eLearning in the training of employees.

• Over 77% of North American corporations use eLearning within their training
• Europe and US account for over 70% of the global online education industry
• The fastest growing geographical area is Asia
• It is estimated that by 2019, half of all educational classes will be conducted through the internet
• eLearning has been proved to increase knowledge retention by 25%

Many employees leave due to lack of development and training. Employee turnover is expensive and costly for many companies. Keeping employees stimulated and providing opportunities to develop professionally has proven a decrease in turnovers.

The application of online training can be customized to your companies specific need. Regardless if the objective is to improve the workforce customer service skills, internal procedures or business english skills.

Another benefit of eLearning is that it is cost affective, compared to seminars and courses where employees have to attend at an on-site facility.

Companies often use eLearning as an important method of training staff for the simple reason that it cuts operational costs by up to 50 to 70 percent. Not only does eLearning save money, it also saves time.

eLearning is here to stay, the only question is, in what capacity it would be the most affective for your company?

Five Job Application Tips when English Language Proficiency is Required

One of the many benefits of being able to speak English is that you can apply for jobs where English language proficiency is required. Business English language proficiency can also give you a competitive advantage when applying for professional jobs, especially when it comes to international companies.

When applying for jobs that require English proficiency it’s important to know that you need to be able to speak, write, read and converse in English without difficulties to be considered language proficient.

1. A good way to provide proof of your English language ability is to mention if you have taken any standardized English language exams like the TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS.

2. Another thing to remember is to do some research about the company before sending in your application. You can visit their website or talk to someone who has knowledge of the company. Try to include any relevant information you find in your cover letter.

3. Always include a resume and cover letter with your application. The cover letter should be a brief essay on who you are, why you would be a great fit for the position and how you can help the company perform better.

4. Your resume should be clear and to the point. Avoid sending in a resume that is neither to short nor to long. Always customize your resume specifically for the company and position you are applying to.

5. Avoid using English words that you are unfamiliar with as it increases the risk of making grammatical mistakes. Keep it simple and honest.

These are few of the things you should consider when applying for a job in English.

How English Proficiency Exams differ from GRE and GMAT

If you are interested in a graduate school where English is the primary language you will most likely be required to submit a GRE or GMAT score. However, you are often also required to submit an English language proficiency exam score like the TOEFL or IELTS.

All of these exams are in English; the major difference is that the GRE and GMAT include sections that test your quantitative (math) skills. The GRE and GMAT is a more challenging test when it comes to the level of English, since they have been designed for native speakers in mind.

A good English comprehension score on the GRE and GMAT can waive the need of submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score. Similar to what a good ACT and SAT score does for an undergraduate program.

Another example when submitting an English language proficiency exam score can be waived is if your Bachelor’s degree was completed in an English speaking country or program, for example if you’re originally from Brazil but studied in the U.K. for you Bachelor’s degree.

However, this may be contingent on whether you graduated from a Bachelor’s program or not. Another factor that will matter is what type of master’s degree you are pursuing.

The GMAT and GRE test your comprehension, analytical and quantitative skills. The IELTS and TOEFL only test the language skill that is required at a college level (reading, listening, speaking and writing).

If you are taking the TOEFL/IELTS and the GMAT/GRE, it’s a good idea to start with the TOEFL/IELTS exam as it may be beneficial in improving your English skills before taking the more challenging tests.

Five Tips on How to Improve your English for Business

There are many reasons why you might want to brush up on your English for business. In this week's post, we are going to share few tips on how to improve your English for business. By applying these exercises you will see an improvement in your comprehension and vocabulary.

1, Try to incorporate English in your daily habits, such as reading the news or visiting business websites like the WSJ in English on a daily basis. The key to improve at a quicker pace is to write down words you don’t understand and looking up the definition of the words.

2, In the past, we have recommended watching TV shows and movies that apply to Business English. What’s even better is to watch movies and TV shows with English subtitles as well as English speaking. This helps you learn how to pronounce specific words. Choose movies or TV shows that have a business or political topic to learn the language and terms used in the business world. Some recommended TV shows are: mad men, the west wing, and the newsroom.

3, Set clear goals for yourself, for example you might want to learn at least 10 new words a day. A good way to accomplish this is to review your notes of the words you didn't understand from reading the business news. Try to review the words in your notepad before going to bed and you will improve your vocabulary in no time!

4, Always try to practice speaking out loud as often as possible when learning new vocabulary words. A good exercise is to record saying a common business phrase and than compare it to how a native speaking person would say the phrase. A couple of common business phrases include, “I just wanted to give you a heads up about the meeting next Wednesday” or “there are a lot of regulatory industries that audit us on a regular basis. It's important that we do everything by the book”.

5. The fastest and most affective way to improve your English for business is to put yourself in real life business situations that require you to communicate in English. Traveling to an English-speaking country where you have to speak English is a great way to do this but this just isn’t possible for everyone. The next best thing is to join an online interactive community that focuses on a Business English topic.