Wednesday, 22 July 2015

CPE exam 2015 set books

Hello to all our blog-followers, just a repost of this year's Cambridge CPE set texts for the writing part.

Monday, 13 July 2015


Taken from Cambridge Englsh Proficiency 1 by Cambirdge ESOL 2012

Essay on the importance of food

Undeniably, food plays a mayor role in our society. People´s interest in food is evident in the popularity of cooking TV shows such as Master Chef. However, hectic as life is nowadays, there is very little time for families to make home-made meals and share time around a table. So, what is the importance of food? The following essay summarises the main ideas of two texts in this topic. 
Thorsten Muller Koln Deutschland
To begin with, it is necessary to state that consuming food is more than just satisfying a biological need. A shared meal is a perfect way to tighten bonds, to celebrate special occasions, and even to show someone how much we care for them. In addition to this, good food is healthy. Family doctors advise strongly to consume diets rich on vegetables and fruit. But not only this, in a bigger scale, food is even a national symbol, and can be linked to a society's identity. Take for example the tapas in Spain, which symbolise the Spanish joy for friendship, party and life. 

Finding a way to combine good, slow, healthy food with our busy fast moving lives is tricky, but very important. Millions opt for the easy already-made-meals available in shops 24/7, which enables them to spare essential time for other "more important" activities, but to my mind this is not correct. It is my belief that in the fast moving world that we live in, it is of fundamental importance to find quality time for each other and to cook daily meals with the whole family present. This can help us to deepen and reafirm the bonds that we hold with each other.

Posted by Wilma Roobol
#words 280

Thursday, 19 March 2015

CPE Essay Sample on Music

Write an essay summarising and evaluating the key points from both texts. Use your own words throughout as far as possible, and include you own ideas in your answers.  

The effects of music  
We humans are a musical species no less than a linguistic one. This takes many different forms. All of us (with very few exceptions) can perceive music, harmony and rhythm. We integrate all of these using many different parts of the brain. And to this largely unconscious appreciation of music is added an often intense and profound emotional reaction. Shakespeare referred to music as the "food of love", and for most people their lives would be poorer without music. Music is capable of stimulating both passion and compassion, speaking to our very core and taking us to the heights and depths of emotion. 

Music in schools? 
There is little doubt that regular exposure to music, and especially active participation in music, may stimulate development of other abilities. Some argue that music is as important educationally as reading or writing, and suggest that a musical education advantages those with mathematical aptitude. What people do not agree about, however, is which kind of music is the most educationally valuable. Some regard classical music as the only kind of music that should be taught in schools. However, leaving aside the problem of defining "classical" in different cultural contexts, there is a strong case that all types of music are equally valid in stimulating an individual's potential. 

Write your essay. 

Humans and Music 

Music has accompanied human beings throughout history and has undeniably become an essential factor in our lives. Both pieces of text focus on the effects of music on us and discuss whether it should be taught in schools and why.

Reiko Sakai Cologne, GermanyLet's start by stating that there is a strong connection between all kinds of music and the human emotions. We have an aptitude to appreciate the harmony brought by a series of carefully arranged rhythms, be it Mozart's nineteenth sonata or Justin Bieber's latest single.  It is currently widely accepted that music induces hormonal and thus, emotional responses in our brains. Some would even compare songs to drugs, since they could conceivably become addictive: take the case of any summer hit.

But not only is there a connection between music and our emotions; music is also linked to education. Opinions actually differ about which type of music is the most potential-stimulating, but all scientist agree it has a positive effect on students. For instance there are theories which suggest that young children who play a musical instrument are later  better at maths.

To conclude I would like to state that everybody is attracted to music. Everyone has a favourite style with which they feel identified, as well as a song that enables them to feel at ease during the toughest moments in life. The truth is that music makes memories more vivid, empowers long-time relationships and what is more, turns dull and mundane nights into special moments in our lives. 

Sent by Diana Yang
*Task taken from a Cambridge CPE exam past paper (2012)

Saturday, 29 November 2014


We invite you, our readers, to submit an article on new technology and how it affects your life. We will publish one article from each country . Your article should outline the impact of new technology on your life now. You should also explain what further changes are likely to take place in the near future and how these could affect you.

Write your article 220-260 words


Nowadays we have in the market a wide range of smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other efficient and attractive gadgets. With their flawless functions  these devices have really transformed my life. 

I must admit I can not do without my smartphone. It enables me to send emails, message my friends, connect to social networking sites and also keep track of the news at real time. If I didn't have my phone, communication would probably take ages and my life would be a complete bore.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014


CAE past paper June 2009

International fund for the environment
The International fund is awarding grants to develop projects which will have a positive impact on the local environment. Write a proposal describing one environmental project you think should be developed and explaining how it would benefit your local community

#words 250

Proposal on an environmental development project

The aim of this proposal is to present an environmental development project and to describe the positive impact it would have on the people of this community.

The town's main problem
Rubbish is the principal problem we have got in this town. Landfill areas are currently scarce, reason for which the garbage that is collected has to be burnt. The black smoke which arises during the burning process reaches the homes of people and causes severe health problems. I strongly believe this community needs to find a healthier way to treat their household waste. Therefore I suggest implementing a system that enables the safe disposal of the waste.

Saturday, 22 November 2014


This question is from CAE past paper, year 2007  #Words:250

cae past paper 2007

cae past paper 2007

Proposal on how to improve the college’s website

The aim of this proposal is to outline why it is important to improve the college's website, as well as to describe the changes which need to be made and to present a plan on how to do it.

What needs improvement
According to a group of students surveyed it is very difficult to find information in the website. There is no tool to search for old posts which makes this process complicated. Apart from that the colour and layout of the website is considered dull and extremely unattractive. Some students also mentioned that the information offered in the website is quite limited. Being an international college, they believe there should be a wider amount of up-to-date information available.

Necessary amendments
In order to make this website more appealing we should change the layout and colours of the site. Also some animations and attractive banners can be set up. I am sure that IT students will be eager to help with this task.
To make searching for information easier, we could design a query box so that posts can be searched with keywords. This will be extremely beneficial to us as it will save time. I also think it would be advisable to include a message board, where students can be informed of important events taking place, and a sports page.

Updating the website will certainly benefit the students of this college. Therefore I hope you will consider the suggestions and authorise the financial help for this project.

Sent by Seema Hassan

Friday, 21 November 2014


Report on the Water Circuit Park

The aim of this report on the Water Circuit Park in Lima city is to display some recommendations on how to enhance the park facilities and to give account on why making these positive changes would attract more tourists and visitors to this venue.

The facilities
The Circuit Park, is one of the best well-known tourist attractions in Lima. It is a site which has thirteen ornamental fountains of water which offer an unforgettable lights show when darkness reaches the Limenian sky. Since all the fountains are interactive it allows children to play in the water as well. Each fountain reflects colourful lights and plays enchanting music. Appart from that there are resting areas for adults to sit down and use the free wi-fi.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014


You recently tried to buy an old camera on an internet auction site but had some problems. You want to tell your friend what happened. Write a letter to your friend explaining what happened, what you did and giving your friend advice about buying things on auction sites.

Write your letter 220-260 words

Dear Jenny,

How are you doing ? It seems it has been ages since we last wrote to each other. I just hope everything is fine with you.  Let me tell you about a terrible experience I had trying to buy a camera via an auction site.

You remember how fond I am of old cameras, right? Well, I spot this one on a website. This was no ordinary camera, this is the camera I had long wanted to complete my collection. So, without hesitation,  I bid for it until it was mine. I  was on seventh heaven. I sent a juicy cheque to the seller and was confident to receive the valuable item.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014


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Monday, 10 November 2014

CPE ESSAY SAMPLE (Writing Paper Part 1)

CPE Writing Paper model . In the Proficiency in English Cambridge Exam (Paper 2- Writing, Part 1) you are given two pieces of text and are asked to write an essay based on the information given. #Words: 240-280

The life we want. 

A better job, a higher salary, improved healthcare services and friendlier neighbours are just a few of all the things most people dream of. But do we really need it all in order to have "good quality of life"? 

According to the first text, only a small group of lucky ones live in such perfect conditions. They are even fortunate enough to live in a country with nice weather, which understandably is a factor we cannot control. It seems like some are born with good luck whereas others have to live in the cold or struggle to make ends meet.