One of the most useful things to learn and take into the real world is the art of proper written communication. Even if you are the world’s smartest person or the most brilliant developer, if you cannot communicate your thoughts and opinions well, especially in the written format, then no one will be able to understand you. In some colleges and universities, language proficiency examinations are given out as a graduation requirement. In others, a language proficiency examination is given to foreign students or migrant workers to ensure that they can comprehend instructions in their future jobs.
What you will need:
Your favorite word processing tool
Lots of paper and pen
Writing text books or online websites for references
- Taking writing review classes. One of the best ways to prepare for an upcoming exam is to take on a review class that is scheduled several weeks before your proficiency exam. This way, you will not be cramming your writing review into the last couple of days before the test. If you give yourself at least four weeks to prepare then the skills that you learn and pointers that are given to you will have time to merge into your natural writing style. If you cannot sign up for classes then start looking for online resources that can serve as your reference or start scheduling your study sessions and try as hard as you can to stick to that schedule.
- Getting some reference materials on writing and grammar. Arm yourself with some good exercise and reference books for practice. The brand Barron’s has an excellent line of review materials that you can choose from. You do not need to get a dozen books to do your review. Just select a good reference book or two then a textbook with writing exercises for you to answer. There are also some websites that have mock writing exams for you.
- Increasing your vocabulary. Another necessity when it comes to good writing is to enrich your vocabulary. You can do this by giving yourself 10 new words a day to look up in the dictionary for you to use in your day-to-day conversations. You can also start reading fiction and non-fiction printed material so that you will be exposed to slightly different terms each day. The important part is that you use your new words so that they become a part of your regular vocabulary.
- Testing your skills by writing mock assignments. You can then start practicing on mock assignments such as rewriting a short article from the newspaper or writing about your recent trip to the beach as a pretend article for a local magazine. You can also compare your finished work to the professionally written ones and see what pointers you can get from those that are already published.
Remember that your communication skill must be good enough not just to pass the test but to be successful when you use it in the real world so the type of studying that you should do should not only be effective but be practical as well.