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CAE WRITING TIPS
Since I am a teacher with a lot of
experience in preparing students for CAE exam, I have encountered numerous
questions about writing part.
It generally differs from the Serbian
essays, so it is a bit difficult for our students to adjust to the English
Planning is the most essential part of a
successful piece of writing. Think about how many paragraphs you want then
get some ideas about the content of each. You should always have a topic
sentence followed by specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
You have 90 minutes to write 2 texts. Both texts will be about
the same length, and are worth the same number of points. Obviously, you should
spend the same amount of time on each! The 45 minute slot could be divided in
You should read the
questions carefully. If there are three options but they want you to discuss
only two of them, that’s what you should do. If they want you to explain,
support or hold the view, do it.
Again, bear in mind that your vocabulary and
grammar should be advanced. A lot of students always write the same, safe, things they
always write. To master advanced vocabulary and structures you have to use
advanced vocabulary and structures!
Linking words are
also of utmost importance for a successful piece of writing.
A - No, it doesn't matter. But if you use
American spelling, be consistent throughout your writing.
Q - How important is
spelling and punctuation?
A - It's pretty important - If you make a
trivial mistake it won't be a big deal. If the mistake stops the reader from
understanding what you mean then you will lose points.
Q - How important is
the word count? What happens if I write too many words?
A - The word count is a guide, not a rule. But
if you do the task properly you will write about 220-260
words. If you write 300 words then you've probably written lots of stuff you
don't need. If you write 200 words you've probably forgotten something.
DO NOT waste time in the exam counting how
many words you have written! And never add or remove words just because of the
word count - it'll turn out clumsy and weird.
Q - I know I need to
use complex sentences to get a good grade, but I'm worried about making
mistakes. Is it better to have a simple text with no mistakes?
A - Cambridge says that students who make
mistakes while trying to use complex structures will get credit for trying (as
long as the mistake doesn't stop the reader from understanding).
Q - My handwriting is
terrible! No-one can read it! Will I lose points?
A - No. Your handwriting is not very
important. Just make sure it can be read. Also, you don't need to rewrite your
text (and you don't have time to rewrite it) - if it's got lots of bits
crossed out, don't worry. Every student's writing looks the same!
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