How to write a CAE essay/letter/report/proposal
I rate a student’s Writing part 1 Essay, give suggestions on then simple tips to rewrite it. Can it is taken by us from a B to an A?
In addition made a video about writing essays – begin to see the section below.
Our Videos about CAE Writing
A Skype chat with Marina in Italy – we discuss how to plan the essay to some extent one of the CAE test that is writing. I emphasise the significance of planning, and my theory that you must not only plan your paragraphs, but also which structures you may use and which vocabulary fits this issue.
In this video I put myself in my students’ shoes and attempt to write a CAE Writing Part 1 essay. Watch as I destroy my keyboard that is poor while an essay. Laugh as I am rudely interrupted as I fail to type the word ‘government’ 7 times out of 8. Cringe.
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Most CAE students do not make obvious, basic mistakes like your/you’re or its/it’s. Nonetheless they do have a problem with things like:
You will need to learn the difference between defining and non-defining clauses that are relative. Your clauses that are non-defining commas, while your defining clauses should never have commas.
I had lunch with my grandfather, who is 90 years of age. (the half that is second of sentence informs you more info on my grandfather. It really is bonus information, generally there has got to be a comma.)
I experienced lunch with my friend who lives in Prague. (i will be very cool and popular – I have a lot of friends. If I say ‘I had lunch with my pal’ you don’t know which friend after all. So that the ‘who lives in Prague’ clause provides you with essential information. Therefore, no comma!)
Observe that pronouns that are non-defining be changed to ‘that’, therefore you should never write a comma accompanied by ‘that’. (this really is especially a problem for German speakers because in German you HAVE to use a comma before ‘that’.)
Gerund infinitive that is vs
Gerund means the form that is-ing of verb. This is certainly a part that is tricky of because there are not any rules along with to understand every verb one at a time. English! Argh! Anyway, make certain you understand these structures:
I used to reside in China (= I lived in China).
I’m used to hearing German (= hearing German is normal for me).
I look forward to meeting you.
I stopped smoking (= I quit).
I stopped to smoke (= I stopped what I was doing because i needed to own a cigarette).
I recommend buying new computer equipment. (Suggest and advise are also followed closely by gerunds.)
I would recommend you buy new computer equipment.
So hard! So many prepositions! So many mistakes! Just learn as much as you can and remember, every single student who has ever taken the CAE exam has struggled with prepositions. It’s not just you!
I will move to Zurich if I get the job. (The speaker is confident.)
I would move to Zurich if I got the job. (The speaker is not confident.)
If I had got the work i might have relocated to Zurich. (however the speaker did not get the job and didn’t go on to Zurich.)
Not taking risks
A lot of students always write the same, safe, things they always write. To perfect advanced vocabulary and structures you have to use advanced vocabulary and structures!
It really is hard adequate to produce a piece that is well-structured of with good vocabulary that fits the content. But keep in mind that the examiners read hundreds and hundreds of essays and most of them are extremely boring! If you make yours interesting (though the style, unexpectedly good vocabulary, possibly even bull crap or two) the examiners will be really happy and you will be REWARDED.
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Q – Do I have to use British spelling?
A – No, it doesn’t matter. However if you use American spelling, be consistent during your writing.
Q – How important is spelling and punctuation?
A – It really is pretty important – it won’t be a big deal if you make a trivial mistake. In the event that mistake stops the reader from understanding everything you mean then you will lose points.
Q – How important may be the word count? What goes on if I write too many words?
A – The word count is helpful tips, not a rule. But you will write about 220-260 words if you do the task properly. Then you’ve probably written lots of stuff you don’t need if you write 300 words. If you write 200 words you might have forgotten something.
DO waste that is NOT when you look at the exam counting exactly how many words you have written! And not add or remove words just because of the expressed word count – it’ll turn out clumsy and weird.
All of that said, whenever you are practicing for the writing section, i would recommend you stick to the suggested word count.
Keep in mind that the exam that is computer-based automatically count just how many words you are using. Handy! See this informative article to find out more about the CAE that is computer-based exam.
Q – I’m sure I need to use complex sentences to have a good grade, but i am concerned about making mistakes. Could it be better to have a simple text with no mistakes?
A – Cambridge says that students who make mistakes while attempting to use complex structures will get credit for trying (provided that the mistake doesn’t stop the reader from understanding).
Q – My handwriting is terrible! No-one can read it! Can I lose points?
A – No. Your handwriting is not too important. Just be sure it may be read. Also, you don’t need to rewrite your text (and you don’t possess time for you to rewrite it) – if it’s got lots of bits crossed out, don’t worry. Every student’s writing looks the same!