How long does it take to pass an official English exam?

How long does it take to pass an official English exam? This is a common question that I am asked. And, truthfully, there is no simple answer as there are a lot of factors to take into consideration, including:

  1. Your language learning background
  2. The intensity of your study
  3. Your motivation for taking an exam
  4. The amount of study/exposure you do outside of lesson times

However, Cambridge give the following hours as a conservative guideline:

 

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To chew the fat!

Chewing the fat with friends, family members and strangers is a common pastime for most people. To chew the fat means to talk with someone in an informal and friendly way.  For instance: Last weekend, my mates and I, sat in a bar and chewed the fat until the early hours.