Student life in Cork

Student life in Cork

What to do?

We asked some of our students how they spend their free time in Cork after school.

Pascal Maerchy


“In the evenings when my studies are finished, I have been socialising!! I have been to many of the pubs across the city. We all love to go to The Vicarstown and drink Guinness, even though we know that Beamish is the preferred stout in Cork.”




Martin Skoloud


“I booked the Cliffs of Moher tour at the school and went on Saturday. The Cliffs of Moher were amazing. It was a particularly windy and cold day but even then it’s an amazing experience. I recommend that others should visit these cliffs during their time at ACET.”

Cliffs of Moher

Vera Silberring


“So far I have only explored the city centre. I love the small streets throughout the city that have no cars. Along these streets there are so many little coffee shops and vintage styled pubs for people to enjoy.”

Patrick's St

Flavia Schildknecht


“I have only just arrived to Cork on Sunday. So far I have found that Cork people are really friendly! I’m planning to visit Blarney Castle at the weekend so I look forward to that!”


What are your favourite places in Cork?


ACET Tip of the Week!

ACET Tips for TOEIC® Exam Preparationstudy cartoon

To do well in your TOEIC® exam you need to know the format of the test and some strategies to help achieve your target score. You also need to increase your English. Here are some tips to achieve your goals:

Do a diagnostic test – It is important to know what your strengths and weaknesses are. By doing some practice tests you will be able to identify which areas need development and you can concentrate on these.

Plan your preparation time – It is vital to manage your time well. Prepare a schedule and stick to it. Some students do an hour or two every day or three to four times a week. Do more at the weekend. Try to meet with other students who are preparing for the exam as study groups can be a very effective approach to learning.

Know what to expect in the exam – You don’t want any surprises on the day of the exam. You should know how the exam is structured. Be familiar with the directions for each section of the exam by doing practice tests regularly.

Increase your knowledge of English – as well as having lessons, you should take every opportunity to speak English outside of class. You should read as much as possible: magazines, newspapers etc. Listen to the radio news, talk shows and interview programmes.

Practise filling in the answer sheet – One thing you don’t want to happen on the day of the exam is to discover that the question you are working on does not correspond to the number on the answer sheet – you have skipped one or put one in the wrong place. This means you have to go back and find the mistake and change the answer sheet. Be careful and methodical when completing the answer sheet. Use a good quality pencil to fill in the lozenge and make sure it is filled in fully. Remember to erase any mistakes completely. Only one answer should be filled in.

If you don’t know, take an educated guess – there are no penalties for incorrect answers, which means you should always guess. Try to use a process of elimination if you cannot find the obvious correct answer – start eliminating the unlikely choices and guess from the remaining ones. Also, don’t be afraid to trust your intuition – you may feel this one is right or that one is wrong. If you to take a random guess, statisticians recommend you select a standard right answer such as B) or C) rather than a mix of random guesses.

Try to stay calm – You may feel anxious or nervous prior to the exam, but once the test begins you should be calm and focussed. Allow plenty of time to get to the venue as you don’t want to arrive rushed and stressed. As soon as the listening section is complete, take a moment to relax, take some deep breaths. Obviously, the best way to remain calm is to be well prepared and confident before the exam.

ACET Exam Tips!

keep calmHere at ACET we prepare students for a variety of English Exams – KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL etc.  so to help all our students studying for their exams we have asked some of the academic team for their top exam tips!

exam tips

  • Make sure you fully understand what the course and the exam involves.
  • Be aware of your timing and always try to improve your time management.
  • Don’t get discouraged if you are having difficulties – speak to your teacher and your classmates for extra support. Be patient with yourself.
  • Listen to your teacher, respond to the feedback you get and be willing to make changes to your learning style, if necessary.
  • Make the most of every speaking opportunity in and out of class.
  • Keep a record of your common/regular errors. Review them regularly.
  • Don’t just leave new vocabulary in your notebook – take these words out – use them in conversation and writing tasks.
  • Tune in when you are listening – who is talking to whom? What are they talking about? Listen to the radio at home or while you are walking.
  • Do at least one English activity a day – watch a film, read a magazine, a newspaper or a short story. Have a chat in English and enjoy it.
  • Practise often, but not for too long.  Do one activity at a time.
  • Invest in a good English-English dictionary or app and use it to help build your vocabulary range and control.
  • Try to think in English – don’t give yourself time to translate – just go for it!!
  • Make friends with some native speakers – they may be difficult to understand at first, but you will soon get used to it and you will make great progress.
  • Do practice papers regularly in order to check your ability as well as your time management.

good luck