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CAE Report Writing

Many of my students ask me "Rory, how do I write a CAE report????"

It's a good question as this could be the difference between passing or failing the C1 Advanced writing paper. So, I created a video on this topic. (I have since done videos for nearly every part of the CAE paper, so you should definitely check out my other youtube videos too!)

Anyway, the video below shows you how to write an effective report for part 2 of the C1 Advanced (CAE) exam so you can pass the writing exam paper and achieve your goal of gaining a C1 level English language qualification.

Beneath the video, I critique a real CAE report written by a student in preparation for the C1 Advanced writing exam. She has since passed the exam and consequently got a place studying at university in Germany. It’s a great writing to critique as it will give you an understanding of where your writing level needs to be in order to pass this section of the exam.

CAE Report Example

I hope you enjoyed the video above and found it useful! This is what you should do now:

1. Watch and understand the marking criteria that examiners use - video below. If you know what the examiners want, you will get better marks in the exam!

2. See if you can spot any mistakes in the student's CAE Report writing (below the video).

3. Complete the examiner's assessment scale template with your thoughts and marks.

4. Read the student's writing again with my comments and corrections in (bold brackets like this below).

5. Read my comments and marks which I have written on a sample examiner's assessment scale.

6. Give somebody a hug! Why not 😉 !?

Examiner Marking Criteria

2.i. Student CAE Report Question

Write your answer in 220-260 words in an appropriate style.

3. You recently attended a talk about advertising. Your school would like you to give an analysis of the talk.

Your report should discuss:

Is marketing important for a company's success?

What is the best type of advertising: Online or printed?

Write your report.

2.ii. Student's CAE Report Answer

Print off this answer here and correct any mistakes you find.
CAE Writing Example - Report Promotion & Marketing

3. Examiner's Assessment Scale Template

Complete an online version of the template below here.

Subscale

Mark (1-5)

Commentary

Content

Communicative Achievement

Organisation

Language

 

 

4. Student's CAE Report Writing With My Comments

Nowadays promotion/marketing is very important for a company's success. Only the ones that sell themselves the best to the public, win the most costumers (spelling mistake - you should have written 'customers'). Therefore it is important to make a respectable and reliable impression. Losts (spelling mistake - 'lots' - be careful of your spelling in the exam, as I suggest in my CAE writing course, always leave 5 minutes at the end to read your work and watch for spellings) of big companies employ a whole department of advertisers, while small firms give commission to advertising agencies. No matter on (remove the word 'on' - it is not needed in this sentence) which way it was achieved, certainly any advertisement is the result of an extensive process.

Looking at commercials on television, it is obivious (spelling mistake - you should write 'obvious') that their production is very time-consuming. That means it takes lots of staff to produce such an advertisement, what (wrong word - you should use the relative pronoun 'which') in the end creates lots of vacancies (What do you mean exactly? It creates vacancies in other areas?). Besides commercials reach lots of people, especially in between of (remove the word 'of' here) popular shows or movies.

On the other side, the high expenses the company had (you should say 'expenses companies have' - because you are talking in general) to spend on the (remove the word 'the') extensive production (change the word 'production' for 'marketing'), eventually reflect on the costumer ('customer') through an increase of ('increase in' - this is a collocation, you should study collocations, English word families and sentences structures before the exam, these will also be very important for the 'Use of English' paper) prices. Advertisements on television also cause annoyance to the viewers, as they are responsible for interruptions during the programme, often are especially loud and contain rediculous (this is a spelling mistake - 'ridiculous') or unreliable informations ('information' is uncountable so remove 's' from the end of the word).

Another form of advertising can be found in papers, magazines or as catalog (this is another spelling mistake, 'catalogue'. You also need to write the indefinite article 'a' before the word 'catalogue') e.g. for fashion. The positive aspect of this kind of advertisement is that consumers are able to easily avoid them in the case that they aren't interested, or keep them as a reminder to buy the product or to show it to someone else.

Unfortunately printed advertisements consume big amounts ('large amounts' is a better collocation to use here) of paper, as companies tend to give out far too many copies, what (you should use the relative pronoun which here) harms the environment by (don't say 'by') a lot. Besides paper advertisements often can't keep up with tv (this is a bit informal, I talk more about your language in my critique on the assessment scale below) spots, as these often are more exciting and therefore stay better in peoples' minds (it would be better to say: 'people remember them').

Due to environmental reasons I suggest to keep the consumption of paper down by only giving out advertisements on order instead of handing them out randomly. Otherwise companies should make an effort to produce creative and entertaining commercials and publish them in (you should use the word 'on' here instead of 'in', this is an example of another collocation. I go into more detail about collocations in my CAE Use of English video course) the internet rather than on television, where people watch them without the annoyance that their favourite movie was just interrupted.

5. Examiner's Assessment Scale With My Comments

 

Subscale

Mark (1-5)

Commentary

Content

2

You have answered all parts of the question but I think more emphasis could be given to the first question.

The report is over the word limit and I think you could remove some information which does not answer either of the two main questions, for example, the final sentence in the introduction. I would also not mention the internet in the conclusion if you haven’t mentioned it earlier in the report.

With these types of questions you can either give opinions from both sides of an argument or give 3 reasons in favour of your argument.

Communicative Achievement

3

The introduction clearly states your feeling towards the first main question, however the final sentence in the introduction suggests that you are not entirely focussed on the main questions.

There are some simple errors which are easy to correct, particularly spelling mistakes, but these do not impede the meaning of the sentences.

Your second main body paragraph could be developed more clearly to show the positive sides of television advertising.

Organisation

3

The report has clear and separate paragraphs which help with the flow of the writing. Nevertheless, with reports you should write a title and the introduction should outline the purpose of the report in a clearer manner. A useful tip is to give each paragraph a heading in a report.

Language

2

There are a number of small errors with the language. Always save a few minutes to read over your work when you have finished, you'll be amazed at how many simple mistakes you can correct like this. This is how you will easily lose marks in the CAE exam and it is a good tip for passing the CAE writing paper.

In a report your language should be formal. You use a lot of informal expressions in your writing, for example: "lots of", "e.g.". I talk more about the language to use in reports in my CAE Writing course!

 

You can see videos which I have made for all the different parts of the CAE writing exam in my full C1 Advanced writing video course. There are some more details and free preview lessons below. Alternatively, if you want to prepare yourself for other parts of the exam and save lots of money and time avoiding language schools, then the first place I recommend you start is my CAE preparation online page. This page shows you some of the best methods to prepare for every paper in the CAE exam! This page also shows you some really useful phrases for writing a C1 Advanced report.

6. i. CAE Report 2 - Example Question

Write your answer in 220-260 words in an appropriate style.

2. You have just completed an economics course. Your school have asked you to write an evaluation of your experience as a student.

Your report should discuss:

What you have taken away from the class, what you thought of the teachers and how you viewed their teaching methods.

How the class could be improved

Whether you would or would not recommend the course to a friend or relative.

Write your report.

6. ii. CAE Report 2 - Example Answer

You should read this report and write down any mistakes you think you can find.
You should also mark the report (1-5) on the examiners assessment scale below.

cae report

6. iii. Examiners' Assessment Scale Template

Subscale

Mark (1-5)

Commentary

Content

Communicative Achievement

Organisation

Language

 

 

6. iv. C1 Report - My Comments

The purpose of this report is to evaluate the efficiency of the economics (when talking about the academic subject, we always put an ‘s’ on the end) course which I (recently”) completed. It is based on my personal experience, which I received (we don’t normally ‘receive’ an experience, ‘had’ would be a better word to use) while taking part in the aforementioned course.

General Findings

The course as a whole was very engaging and helpful. As it took place in the economics (economical is when you get a good return for your money, time or effort) environment, many aspects of the economy, which will not be (“tend not to be”) taught at school, could be learned through this course.

Points worthy of praise

The course has found many businesses, with which they cooperate, therefore I took away some insights from different companies by listening to many subject matter experts. (See ‘communicative achievement comment below) There is nothing better than learning from business experts who are managing their own companies. I learned a substantial amount number (“number” + countable plural noun. Many native British people make this mistake) of methods and specific strategies in to this field, which makes the course very useful, should you manage to increase the revenue of in your company. Coping (I don’t think this is the right word to use. Perhaps ‘learning’ or ‘Becoming an expert’ would be better words/phrases to use) with a subject it can increase your knowledge.

Issues

No issues can be raised about the work part of the course. However, some theoretical classes that take place in the morning, offer no substantial benefit over practical classes taken in the afternoon, even if they are taught with some real use cases.

Suggestions

I would recommend to everyone this course to everyone if the organizer (of the course - it is not necessary to repeat these words) could increase the amount number of practical sessions that is spent working during in the course and reduce the amount number of theoretical classes taken. Moreover, the organizer should keep finding more companies with which to cooperate, to make the course increasingly attractive to more students with different interests.

Subscale

Mark (1-5)

Commentary

Content

3

All of the content is relevant to the question. More emphasis could be placed on what you thought of the teachers. Perhaps using the words ‘teaching method’ might make it more obvious when you are addressing these points.

Communicative Achievement

4

It’s good to use a variety of  language and complex grammatical forms, but just be careful it doesn’t hinder the flow of writing as this may lose you a point in the ‘communicative achievement’ criteria. See my comment in the writing above.

Organisation

4

You showed good use of subheadings which gave the report an easy to follow structure. An alternative approach would be to write ‘teachers’ or ‘teaching methods’ as subheadings.

Language

4

You showed a range of vocabulary in the report, for example: “Should you manage to…”
You also showed a range of simple and complex grammatical structures,including relative clauses and passive constructions.

 

 

6. v. Pass or Fail

Content - 3
Communicative Achievement - 4
Organisation - 4
Language - 4

15/20

If the student got 15 for the part 1 writing, they would pass the C1 Advanced Writing paper. If you want to know more about this marking scheme, check out the CAE writing marking criteria page of my membership website. Or, to see how the overall CAE exam is marked, check out page 5 of this document.

7. Class Activities

You can follow the instructions below and get your students to do them for homework but if you prefer working 100% on computer, the instructions on this page will be better for you:

    1. Become a member of my new website and get loads more exercises and Cambridge exam preparation materials.
    2. Read this report then write a plan for it here. If you can't remember how long I recommend to plan for, read this page.
    3. Find the mistakes on this report answer.
    4. Complete a report assessment  for the answer.
    5. Are your mistakes the same as the ones I note here.
    6. Is your assessment similar to mine here.
    7. Continually update this form.

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