Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Writing
level: C1 / advanced
What is the CAE Writing test like?
The test has two sections and takes 90 minutes:
- Part 1 - Write an article, report or letter
Some material to read (up to 150 words) which may include material taken from advertisements, extracts from letters, emails, postcards, diaries, short articles, etc. Using this information, you may have to write an article, a report, a proposal or a letter.
- Part 2 - Situationally based writing task
Choose one of four questions. You have to read some input material of no more than 80 words which describes a situation, and write one of the following: an article, a competition entry, a contribution to a longer piece, an essay, an information sheet, a letter, a proposal, a report or a review.
Instead of answering part 2 above, you can choose to write about one of the set texts. The set text titles for 2014 are:
William Golding: Lord of the Flies
Teachers may choose to prepare candidates for questions on this set text by studying a film version as well as, or instead of, the novel.
P D James: The Lighthouse
There is currently no film version of this book.
The set texts will be discontinued from 2015.
The CAE Writing Test makes up 20% of the entire exam.
Your writing is assessed using four criteria:
- Content - have you answered the question?
- Communicative Achievement - have you completed the task in the right sort of language
- Organisation - have you structured your writing with paragraphs?
- Language - have you used a good range of grammar and vocabulary
How to prepare for the CAE Writing test