Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Preparing for the CPE exam? Sample Essay Proficiency 2016

Submitted by Anna Baryshnikova
# of Words: 240

Essay on food

exem de proficiency
Food consumption is a central element for individuals and societies. Both passages analyse food from a series of different angles: meals as a way to get people together, cousine as a symbol of national pride, and home-made meals as a nutritious alternative to eating.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Preparation for the CPE Exam. Sample of Article - Proficiency level 2016

Submitted by Mayra Badariotti Pagani
#Words: 310

You recently attended a discussion about the environment. You found the discussion engaging and have decided to write an article for a magazine. Make comments on these points giving your own point of view:

-  Tourism can have a destructive influence on the environment.
- Climatic patterns are a yet another manifestation of global warming.
- The effects noise can have on you

Time for Change

essay cpe test
We live in a planet we do not care for. We are aware of the serious effects our negligent behaviour has on the environment, our health and the well-being of the future generations. 
So why do we persist in our self- destructive attitudes?

Monday, 11 July 2016

Example of CPE Essay Cambridge 2016

Submitted by Ramon Llull
Number of words: 270
Write an essay summarising and evaluating the key points from both texts. Use your own words throughout as far as possible, and include your own idea in your answer.
Write your answer in 240-280 words
Movie Magic

It has often been claimed that people flock to the cinema primarily to escape from the boredom, or sometimes even the misery of their everyday lives. Remarkable technological advances have made the experience of watching a movie ever more magical and emotionally powerful, increasing the appeal and impact of the cinema for each new generation. Yet movies have a power that goes far beyond their capacity to transport us to another world, since they can influence audiences to change their attitudes or behaviour in significant ways, making them consider complex moral and social issues such as war, poverty, and prejudice.

Is the cinema in decline?

The inescapable truth is that the cinema, one of the greatest cultural achievements of the twentieth century, has reached a new low point in recent years. All but a few movies are, frankly, not worth anyone’s valuable time. Audiences are increasingly presented with childish comedies, predictable action films and disappointing sequels. There is also the absurd idea that a film with an inflated budget of millions is a substitute for a well-acted, imaginative and original film. Film studios now spend almost as much money on marketing their films as producing them, which tends to suggest their concern is with profit rather than quality.

Essay on the cinema nowadays

Since the early 20th century, the cinema has played an essential role in our lives. There is no better way to unwind and while away the time than watching a box-office hit on a big screen. Films arouse people´s curiosity and are incredibly entertaining. Yet, in the past few decades, the quality of films has been decreasing. Both extracts discuss the nature of these notions, but from divergent perspectives.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

CAE Essay Sample 2016

Submitted by Helena GR

Number of words: 240

Maria Tecla Artemesia Montessori, an Italian physician and educator, once said, “The greatest sign of success for a teacher …is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’”
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? Give reasons for your answer and include examples from your own knowledge and experience. Write 200 – 250 words.

Essay on the Montessori education

The Italian professor Maria Montessori once stattet that any teacher should be proud of their work if their pupils were able to work without them. I suppose it is a great idea as that means that the children are able to learn with autonomy, take care of themselves and interact peacefully with each other.

To anyone who is not familiar with the extraordinary work of Maria Montessori, she was a revolutionary teacher who considered that the existing system of education of her time needed revising. In the past, education was very strict and a teacher typically stood at the front of the class, repeated lessons like sermons, and forced children to seat still and just listen.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

CPE Essay example 2016

Submitted by Zane Muceniece
Number of words: 275

"Succeed in Cambridge English: Proficiency" by Andrew Betsis, Sean Haughton and Lawrence Mamas published by GLOBAL ELT.

Essay on young people and communication

The trend nowadays is towards communicating via devices, which might be argued as the cause for a decrease in real social interaction among
friends and family. This raises the issue of whether technology is making us more knowledgeable or ignorant of happenings in the world around us. Both passages discuss the nature of these notions, but from differing viewpoints. 

The first extract argues that youngsters are addicted to the use of phones and social networks, which allegedly has affected their ability of speech when being in a real social environment.  I share the view that the Internet has a big influence on modern peoples` lives, but I am not really concerned.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

CPE Review Sample 2016

Submitted by Amaia Garcia Juaristi

Number of words: 270

A local newspaper is running a competition for the most interesting review of an exhibition or museum . Write a review, describing the exhibition or museum you have chosen and commenting on why it is particularly worth visiting or why you would not recommend it to other people. Write your review. 280- 320 words
The rubric was taken from Mark Harrison's book, Proficiency Test Builder, 4th Edition

The French Revolution museum

I have recently arrived from France where I was overwhelmed by its historic and romantic museums. Had I known before how fascinating they were, I would have asked for longer holidays and spent the whole summer learning about the French history. 

Saturday, 2 July 2016


Submitted by Helena
Number of words: 300

You read the following announcement in an international students’ magazine.


Our producers are looking for locations to include in a documentary about your country. If you can recommend an interesting place, please, write to us. You should explain why the location should be included in the documentary, and suggest which local people should appear, giving reasons for your choices.

The winners will have the chance to appear in the documentary.

Write your competition entry(Task from "CAE Testbuilder Tests that Teach", by Amanda French)

Pearls of Russia
Russia is commonly known as the biggest country in the world, so there is a great amount of fascinating places which are worth featuring in the Atlas documentary. I’d like to describe 3 of my favourite ones.

1. Moscow: Russia’s heart
Moscow is the capital of Russia and is located in the middle of the country. This city is widely famous for its vast size, beauty and its friendly and very accommodating inhabitants. Behind the glitz of the modern megapolis there’s a range of historical churches and monasteries. This contrast of old and new makes the city perfect to be the star of the documentary. It would also be very interesting to film some young Moscow art students, because they are cosmopolitan and fashion and could represent well the future of Russia.

2. St.Petersburg: The cultural capital
Most residents of St- Petersburg consider this city to be the cultural centre of Russia because of its many monuments, art galleries and museums. Visiting this city you can enjoy a calm atmosphere and be surrounded with thoroughly polite, well-educated and level-headed people. So I would recommend some shots of this cultural heritage sites and maybe of the local residents, who are very elegant, conservative and charming.

3. Ded Moroz’s kingdom
Each Russian child knows this ancient city, which is located in the North of Russia. It seems in some ways miraculously untouched by time. The unique cathedrals, churches and monasteries of Veliky Ustyug attract ever-increasing number of tourists. Ded Moroz, Russia’s equivalent of Santa Claus, lives a few miles outside Veliky Ustyug. The camera should capture some winter scenes of this location and film some Russian children having fun in the snow. This would portray a very peaceful and harmonic image of Russia.

Personally, I think these cities undoubtedly deserve a place in the Atlas documentary.

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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