In this section, you’ll find some free practice activities to help you prepare for the test.
Smooth Sailing: A Seafarer’s Guide to Nailing the Marlins English Test with Confidence
So before you jump straight into the practice materials, here is some advice to make to help you study more effectively.
Ahoy there, future seafarers! Ready to tackle the Marlins English Test and set sail on your maritime adventure? Here’s some down-to-earth advice to help you navigate through the test like a seasoned sailor.
Brush Up on Maritime Vocabulary:
Make sure you’re not caught in the doldrums when it comes to maritime jargon. Review key terms related to your field, like ship parts, navigation, and safety. Knowing your port from starboard is essential!
Practice Listening Ahoy:
The listening part can be a bit like deciphering a ship’s radio call in a storm. Practice listening to English in various maritime contexts – think radio communications, safety briefings, and engine room announcements. Get your ears used to the sea shanties of English spoken on the high seas. You can do that by watching series about ships. Watch them in English, if you don’t have difficulties understanding them, then use subtitles in your language. Have a pen and notebook with you, and note down any useful words or phrases that you hear.
List of TV series to watch to help with your Maritime listening (and vocabulary too)
Mighty Ships 2008-2021 and broadcast on the Discovery Channel
Summary: Each episode of this documentary series takes viewers behind the scenes of some of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced ships.
What you’ll learn: This series will give you insights into ship engineering, navigation, and the functioning of various types of vessels. Also provides exposure to the global shipping industry.
Reading the Tides – Brush Up on Reading Comprehension:
The test might throw you a curveball in the form of passages about maritime regulations or safety procedures. So, dust off those reading glasses and practice understanding the main ideas and details. It’s like navigating through a chart – you need to know where you’re headed.
Set Sail with Writing Skills:
Ahoy, Captain! Sharpen those writing skills, as you might need to send emails, reports, or log entries. Practice writing short, clear messages. Remember, concise and to the point – no need for unnecessary squalls in your sentences.
Anchor Down Grammar and Sentence Structure:
Grammar may not be as exciting as a whale sighting, but it’s crucial. Check your anchor – make sure your sentences are shipshape, and your grammar is on point. Misplaced modifiers are like hidden sandbars – best avoided!
Prepare for Speaking Like a Seafarer:
The speaking part is like talking ship-to-ship. Practice answering questions confidently and clearly. Talk about your experiences at sea or share your thoughts on safety measures. Confidence is key, mate!
Time, like wind, waits for no one. Manage your time wisely during the test. Don’t let the clock sneak up on you like a stealthy pirate ship. Pace yourself so you can tackle each section with the precision of a well-timed tack.
Stay Calm in the Storm:
The test might feel like navigating through rough seas, but stay calm. Take deep breaths, read each question carefully, and trust your instincts. Don’t let stress rock your boat – a steady hand on the tiller is what you need.
Remember, you’ve got the wind in your sails, and with a bit of prep, you’ll navigate the Marlins English Test with flying colors. Fair winds and following seas, shipmates!
These activities and questions follow a similar format to what you’ll find on the real exam. The grammar that is tested is at a CPR B2 level (which is an intermediate level) The vocabulary and situations are similar to what you might expect to hear and use in a maritime situation.