CAE Writing Marking Criteria

CAE Writing Marking Criteria

Knowing how the examiners mark your writing is the next step in preparing yourself for the CAE writing test.

The video below explains all you need to know.

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CAE Writing Assessment Scale

Examiners mark your writing on 4 criteria. Each criterion is marked on a scale of 0-5 (0 being the worst and 5 the best). Here is a summary of the 4 writing marking criteria:

Content: is all your content relevant and is the target reader fully informed?

Communicative Achievement: is it easy to understand your writing? Are your arguments expressed clearly?

Organisation: how well is your overall writing structured? How well is it structured on an individual paragraph level? Are your arguments developed and do your points link together well?

Language: do you show a range of grammar structures and vocabulary? Are there many language related errors?


You need to get 24/40 to pass the C1 Advanced Writing exam paper at C1 level. If you want to know more about the marks you need to pass the C1 Advanced test, check out this page >>

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