In this essay I teach you just how to write a CAE proposal – what’s important, what is not.

Simple tips to write a CAE essay/letter/report/proposal

I rate a student’s Writing Part 1 Essay, then give suggested statements on how to rewrite it. Can it is taken by us from a B to an A?

In addition made a video about writing essays – start to see the section below.

Our Videos about CAE Writing

A Skype speak to Marina in Italy – we discuss simple tips to plan the essay in part 1 of the CAE test that is writing. I emphasise the importance of planning, and my theory you will use and which vocabulary fits the topic that you should not only plan your paragraphs, but also which structures.

In this video I put myself in my own students’ shoes and attempt to write a CAE Writing Part 1 essay. Watch when I destroy my poor keyboard while writing an essay. Laugh as I fail to type the word ‘government’ 7 times out of 8. Cringe when I am rudely interrupted.

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Grammar Mistakes

Most CAE students don’t make obvious, basic mistakes like your/you’re or its/it’s. Nonetheless they do have a problem with things like:

Relative clauses

You need to learn the difference between defining and non-defining relative clauses. Your non-defining clauses need commas, while your defining clauses should not have commas.

I had lunch with my grandfather, who is 90 yrs old. (the next 1 / 2 of the sentence informs you more about my grandfather. It really is bonus information, so there needs to be a comma.)

I experienced lunch with my pal who lives in Prague. (I am very cool and popular – We have plenty of friends. I had lunch with my friend’ you don’t know which friend I mean if I say. And so the ‘who lives in Prague’ clause gives you information that is essential. Therefore, no comma!)

Keep in mind that non-defining pronouns cannot be changed to ‘that’, so you should never write a comma accompanied by ‘that’. (this is certainly especially a challenge for German speakers because in German you must use a comma before ‘that’.)

Gerund infinitive that is vs

Gerund means the form that is-ing of verb. That is a tricky element of grammar since there are no rules along with to master every verb one after the other. English! Argh! Anyway, make certain you realize these structures:

I used to reside in China (= I lived in China).

I’m used to hearing German (= hearing German is normal for me).

I look forward to meeting you.

I stopped smoking (= I quit).

I stopped to smoke (= I stopped the things I was doing because I wanted to have a cigarette).

I will suggest buying new computer equipment. (Suggest and advise may also be followed by gerunds.)

I would recommend you buy new computer equipment.

Prepositions

So hard! So prepositions that are many! So mistakes that are many! Just learn as many as you can easily and remember, every student that is single has ever taken the CAE exam has struggled with prepositions. You are not alone!

Conditionals

If I have the work I will go on to Zurich. (The speaker is confident.)

I would move to Zurich if I got the job. (The speaker is certainly not confident.)

I would have moved to Zurich if I had got the job. (however the speaker did not get the job and did not relocate to Zurich.)

Other Mistakes

Not taking risks

A lot of students always write the same, safe, things they always write. To understand advanced vocabulary and structures you must use advanced vocabulary and structures!

Being boring

It’s hard adequate to produce a piece that is well-structured buy an essay of with good vocabulary that fits the content. But keep in mind that the examiners read hundreds and hundreds of essays and a lot of of those are very boring! In the event that you make yours interesting (though the style, unexpectedly good vocabulary, possibly even bull crap or two) the examiners will be really happy and you’ll be REWARDED.

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Students often ask if I offer a writing correction service. Well. to be honest i am not very motivated to do that right now. You need to find a trained teacher on italki instead. Click the link to read about italki. (Watch the video with David to hear more info on writing correction.)

Q – Do i need to use British spelling?

A – No, it does not matter. But if you utilize American spelling, be consistent throughout your writing.

Q – How important is spelling and punctuation?

A – It really is pretty important – If you make a trivial mistake it won’t be a problem. In the event that mistake stops your reader from understanding what you mean then you will lose points.

Q – How important is the word count? What happens if I write too many words?

A – the expressed word count is helpful tips, not a rule. But you will write about 220-260 words if you do the task properly. In the event that you write 300 words then you’ve probably written lots of stuff you certainly do not need. In the event that you write 200 words you’ve probably forgotten something.

DO NOT waste time in the exam counting what number of words you’ve got written! And never add or remove words simply because for the expressed word count – it will turn out clumsy and weird.

All of that said, while you are practicing for the writing section, i suggest you adhere to the suggested word count.

Keep in mind that the computer-based exam will automatically count what number of words you’re using. Handy! See this article to learn more in regards to the computer-based CAE exam.

Q – i am aware I need to use complex sentences to obtain a grade that is good but I’m concerned about making mistakes. Could it be better to have a text that is simple no mistakes?

A – Cambridge says that students who make mistakes while trying to use structures that are complex get credit for trying (provided that the mistake doesn’t stop your reader from understanding).

Q – My handwriting is terrible! No-one can read it! Am I going to lose points?

A – No. Your handwriting is not very important. Just make sure it could be read. Also, you don’t have to rewrite your text (and you also don’t have time to rewrite it) – whether or not it’s got plenty of bits crossed out, don’t be concerned. Every student’s writing looks the exact same!

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