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Writing about my C1 Advanced exam is not easy because it reminds me of a personal challenge that, against all odds, I faced and won. Being a student when you are over 40 and a mother of two small children is very difficult because you have to balance study, work and family without feeling guilty when you neglect family for studying and vice versa. I spent most of my summer holiday in England repeating idioms, phrasal verbs and watching English programs for my listening test. With regard to speaking, I had to encourage my English husband to correct my pronunciation mistakes, which he rarely does as he loves me for being so Italian. I decided to study hard and try the C1 Advanced exam to boost my confidence in the language. I chose C1 Advanced because it matched my level of English at that time.
After doing the exam, I feel more confident about the language and the fear of making mistakes has decreased. I use common idioms and phrasal verbs more easily, and even my English relatives have noticed a big improvement in the way I speak and my richer vocabulary. My husband thinks that all the listening practice has made me inclined to listen more than talk, and he loves that!
Honestly, I found the exam difficult, so you have to study regularly and with passion. Surprisingly, I was not the oldest candidate. Two weeks ago I received my result through email: “Congratulations you have passed your C1 Advanced exam”. Learning is ageless and priceless.