CAE Writing Test Introduction
Hello and welcome to this page.
Let's start by doing another dictation exercise. The dictation will give you some really useful advice for preparing for the CAE writing test and what to do in the test.
You can write the dictation down here >>
The passage below is very similar to the dictation from the video above. I thought it would be useful for those of you who want to complete this CAE course quickly and skip some of the longer videos (naughty naughty). By the way, if that is you, I do have a shorter CAE course here >>
"CAE Writing - Parts 1 & 2 - Before The Exam
1. Study the examiner assessment scale.
2. Critique lots of other sample writings and compare your critique with mine or an examiner’s.
3. Practise writing and critiquing your own writing, according to the examiner assessment scale.
4. Ask a teacher to critique your work or use a writing correction service available on the internet.
The steps above are the best way to get into the mindset of an examiner, which will help you get higher marks in the exam.
CAE Writing - Parts 1 & 2 - In The Exam
1. Plan for 3-8 minutes.
2. Write for 35 minutes.
3. Check your work for 2-7 minutes.
The best resource I have created for the writing section is my CAE Writing Samples book. You can access that here on Amazon >>
The book contains 6 essays, 3 proposals, 3 reports, 3 reviews, 3 letters and 3 emails. I go through each of these in detail, highlighting the mistakes, corrections and marking them according to the official examiner assessment criteria.
There are a number of reasons why learning from sample writings is so powerful. One important reason is identifying the types of questions you will be asked in the exam and learning which vocabulary and grammar structures are good to use for the different writing tasks."
CAE Writing Test Tips
Here are a few quick tips to help you with the CAE Writing test:
1. Understand how examiners mark your paper (I have a page dedicated to this later in this course).
2. Look at the suggested number of words to write.
3. See how much space your writing takes up when practising, then you know approximately how much you should write in the exam.
4. Time yourself when you practise.
Right, let's crack on with the rest of this course which will go into a lot more detail on all the above information....