Wednesday, 22 June 2016

CAE June 2016 Essay Sample

Your class has watched a studio discussion about factors which have contributed to the recent increase in international travel. You have made the notes below:
Factors contributing to the increase in international travel:
  • methods of transport
  • global business
  • media
Some opinions expressed in the discussion:
It’s quicker to fly abroad than to take a train to the north of my country!”
My company has offices in 12 different countries.”
People have developed a love of other cultures through TV and film.”
Write an essay for your tutor discussing two of the factors in your notes. You should explain which factor has contributed more to the increase in international travel, providing reasons to support your opinion.
You may, if you wish, use the opinions expressed in the discussion, but you should use your own words as far as possible.

Essay on International Travel

It goes without saying that there has been a recent increase in international travel. More and more people are now grabbing their passports and travelling the world. There are two key factors that have contributed to this phenomenon: New technologies and global business.

Monday, 6 June 2016

CPE Sample Essay June 2016

"Proficiency Testbuilder, 4th Edition with Key" by Mark Harrison.

Essay on Adolescence

It is usually said that the most difficult phase of life is adolescence. But although many people would agree that it is a complicated period of time, it has not only negative aspects, but also very positive ones. Both texts focus on adolescence, analysing how it should be regarded, referring in particular to the role that parents have to play.

The first passage argues that adolescence is not only pain and sadness, but also discovery and growth, and in this way the author provides a balanced view of adolescence. Consider for example your first kiss, or your first job, or travelling abroad for the first time. I agree with the author that it is a phase of experimentation and joy, and not only immaturity and confusion, as many other authors normally state.

The author of the second passage focuses on how parents should act during the adolescence of their kids. Parents should be conscious and realise that difficult behavior among teenager is, up to a certain point, normal to be expected. It even goes as far as to suggesting that parents should be careful not to make life even harder for their children. However, I don't totally agry with the author when he says that parents should be understanding and avoid all anger and severity. I believe that sometime parents need to be really strict to prevent their kids from doing dangerous actions.

In conclusion, I would agree that adolescence is a phase of growth, which has not only troubles, but also discovery and good times. Regarding the role of the parents, they have the duty to help their children, being strict and severe when necessary.

Submitted by Maria Giudice
#Words: 280

Saturday, 4 June 2016

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Friday, 27 May 2016

CPE 2016 Restaurant Review Sample

Van Gogh Kitchen

I was recently invited to have dinner in one of the best Italian restaurants in Hong Kong: Van Gogh Kitchen, which is situated on the second floor of a multi-storey building in the busy Nathan Road.

What makes this restaurant so special is its unique decoration, inspired on Van Gogh´s works of art. For example, the main room has been styled to resemble “Night Cafe”; the 1888 oil painting which depics a red-walled cosy cafe with a huge billiard table in the middle of the place.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

CPE Exam Sample Article 2016

You are looking through the alumni newsletter of a school that you once attended and you see the following announcement:
What are your best and worst school memories? Write in and tell us and we will publish the most interesting articles in our next newsletter.
Write the article for the editor of the alumni newsletter. (around 280 - 320 words)

The best days of my life

An average person goes to school for at least 13 years. That time gives us a lot from where to choose from. I have myself a never-ending collection of sad and cheerful school memories. Let me embark in a flashback adventure and share some of them with you:

When I think of my worst memory, the first thing that pops into my mind is the first day of school. I was about five years old and back then children were not sent to kindergartens, so this was my very first time alone. I can still see in my head this image of my parents “abandoning me”, leaving me behind with this stranger fat lady and a bunch of unknown noisy kids. I can vividly remember myself thinking why and wondering if perhaps I had been a bad girl.

Monday, 2 May 2016

The task comes from a book called "Succeed in Cambridge English: Proficiency" by Andrew Betsis, Sean Haughton and Lawrence Mamas published by GLOBAL ELT.

Essay on technology, young prople and communication nowadays.

Technology is the fastest-growing field of our time. Nevertheless, there does not seem to be much middle ground when discussing its advantages and disadvantages for young people. The first passage critiques the high dependency of youngsters on technology and expounds ways in which it harms them. The second one praises it, showing us the other side of the coin, high level of interaction among people, awareness of worl-wide events and 24-hour availability of information.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Review of The Jungle Book 3D film

You belong to an English-language film club where you recently saw a film in 3D. You have agreed to write a review of this film for the group´s monthly newsletter. In this review you should give your opinion of the 3D effects in the film and say whether you think 3D adds anything in general, to the experience of watching a movie, as well as giving your opinion about the actual movie itself, and whether and to whom you would recommend it. (The task comes from the book: "Succeed in Cambridge English: Proficiency" by Global ELT ).

Film review on “The Jungle Book 3D”

When Rudyard Kipling, the author of the Jungle Book, finished writing his master piece more than a hundred years ago, he probably foresaw the success his work would have one day; but not that his gorillas and wildebeests would come into life through the magic of 3D . On occasion of the release of the 3D version of the movie this year, I write this lines to highlight the positive and not so positive features.

First of all, and just in case there is anyone who is not familiar with the book itself, the plot revolves around the incredible life of a child who is abandoned in the jungle at birth and who is raised by wolves. Riveting story, isn't it? Well, it all becomes even more exciting in 3D. As far as I am concerned, technology adds to the story by making what we see almost seem real.

Monday, 4 April 2016

CPE Sample Letter exam 2016

One possible task in the CPE Cambridge exam is to write a formal letter.

"The library of your town is going to be expanded. Write a letter to the Planning Committee. Explain how you think the present facilities could be improved and suggest some new services that the library could provide".

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing regarding the expansion of the library. I would like to suggest some ideas on how to improve the facilities and to propose the implementation of a new service for children and adults.

First of all, many of the library users complain about the lack of places to sit down to read, specially in the afternoon. The current main room has space to accommodate 150 students, but it need to be enlarged to accommodate at least 250.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Train your listening for FCE, CAE, CPE

I love watching television and listening to music in English. Not only is it fun, but it is also a great
way to improve your listening skills, acquire vocabulary and learn about other people and cultures.

The CPEsamplewritings blog is of course all about the writings, but it doesnt mean that training other skills is not important. In fact, it is very important to train your listening and speaking if you want to pass the CPE or any other Cambridge exam.

Today I would like to recommend a blog which has plenty of listening activities. It is called Davydow-Blog. It has mainly listening exercises for FCE at the moment, but the blog is growing, and they will soon have more activities for upper levels.

Give it a try!

Tuesday, 29 March 2016


Dear CPEsamplewritings,

First of all, I really enjoy your blog. It is so instructive and there are so many samples. I have been working as an English teacher for a couple of years now. In order to graduate I still have to pass one exam, which is cpe writing.  I am terribly bad at writing essays, articles  etc. I have no idea how to pass this test.

While on the website I came across an essay about food ( - this was the exact same task I had back in November and of course I didn't pass. Do you have any tips for me? I hope to hear from you soon.

Kind regards,
 F. G


A warm hello to you F.G and to all the CPE-holders and CPE-takers following this blog and reading our posts.

I believe that the first thing you need to do is to get familiar with the exam, typical questions (tasks) and the way that the exam is assessed. As you can see from the collection of writings that we have here in the blog, typical tasks include writing an essay, an article or an email.  Visit the Cambridge official web page for more info: 

What do we know about the way Cambridge evaluates the texts submitted by students? As far as we know, they focus on:

- content (student wrote what he was supposed to, according to the instructions in the task)
- language (student used advanced grammar/ vocabulary)
- style (formal, informal or neutral when appropiate)
- layout (organisation of text, number of words)
- reader (capacity to communicate a message effectively)


Before you write
Read the task carefully and think: What do I have to write about? Do I need to write an essay? An article? What are the characteristics of an essay? What are the characteristics of an article? Do I need to use formal language? Informal? Neutral? 

While you write
Remember to use paragraphs, to separate paragraphs with a line, to use the best grammar and vocabulary possible, to respect the number of words. But most important: to do the task! and to communicate your message effectively.

After you write
Check and re-check. Did I do what the task asked for? Is my message clear? Do I need to change anything? Do I need to add something?

In this blog, I recommend reading:
How to write an essay?
How to write an article

I really hope I was able to help you F.G
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