Cambridge English Language Assessment is part of the University of Cambridge and has been providing English language assessments and qualifications for over 100 years.
In this blog, we will talk about the Cambridge Advanced Exam (CAE), sharing with you some sample writing tasks. The pieces of work featured were chosen Kathryn, who teaches the Cambridge Advanced preparation course here at Wimbledon School o English. These were all produced by her current students and are some of the best examples of writing she has seen. So, if you’re thinking of taking this exam in the future, or preparing for it at the moment, this will give you and idea of what’s expected of you.
How is the writing test structured?
The writing task in the Cambridge Advanced exam is made up of two parts. The first part is an essay based on two points given in an input text. Candidates then have to explain which point is more important and give reasons for their opinions. For the second part, candidates can choose from one of the following tasks: a letter, a review, a report or a proposal. There will be a clear context, topic, purpose and target reader given for each task so candidates know how to structure their piece. Each task should be between 220 and 260 words in length and candidates will have 1 hour 30 minutes to complete each task.
More than 6,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) as proof of high-level achievement. Wimbledon School of English offers Cambridge Advance preparation courses throughout the year. If you want to study CAE full time, we have start dates in January, March, July and September and at the end of the course you will have to opportunity to sit the exam at the London Exam Centre, which is a part of Wimbledon School of English. This means you won’t have to travel to another part of London which really is the last thing you want when you’re doing an exam.
Other Cambridge Examination courses available at Wimbledon School of English include Cambridge First, Cambridge Proficiency and the Cambridge International Legal English Certificate (ILEC).