Feeling confident is useful in many areas of life. One area where it is especially useful is when you are trying to learn a new language. If you are planning on taking an English proficiency assessment sometime soon, then your level of self-confidence can help you feel more prepared.
Testing can be difficult, but with the right attitude and learning strategies, you can improve your performance. One of the things that you can do to get ready is to learn to develop your confidence. Read on to find out how you can become more confident and discover why this skill will help you with your proficiency assessment!
What is the English Proficiency Assessment?
An English proficiency assessment is a test that schools often use to determine a student’s proficiency in English. A typical assessment will normally take 30-40 minutes. It combines an evaluation of grammatical knowledge, listening comprehension, and reading comprehension.
There is a Correlation Between Confidence and Language Learning
Even though learning a new language can be challenging, it is extremely fulfilling. Every little obstacle that you face and overcome on your language-learning journey helps you gain confidence that you will need to take your skills even further. When you feel more confident, you are more likely to make an attempt at speaking the language. This means you will practice more often, which will ultimately help you learn more quickly.
Having the confidence to speak a second language can even inspire those around you to do the same. In so doing, you and your community of friends and classmates who you may meet at our colleges can practise your English together. Practicing with others is more than a fun way to learn. It also helps you learn new vocabulary and get feedback from other students.
Confidence can help you feel better about practicing your English
Confidence Allows You to Better Prepare for the English Proficiency Assessment
Having confidence means you’re more likely to at least attempt to speak and practice in English. Remember that if you have the confidence to speak in a new language, you are likely to make mistakes, especially early on in your language-learning journey. While that may sound like a bad thing, mistakes are our best teachers. If you make a mistake, you can be corrected, and when you are corrected, you are less likely to make that mistake again. So, in the long term, those mistakes can transform you into a more confident English speaker.
Your English proficiency assessment may also have a time limit and time limits can be stressful. With confidence, however, you’re more likely to be able to make best guesses even if you aren’t completely sure about an answer. Best guesses will help prevent you from wasting time, so you can focus on parts of the assessment that you know. Also, confidence will help you feel less stressed, so you can tackle the proficiency assessment with a clear head.
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