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Exam Writing (1) What are the main differences between FCE and CAE?

Writing is one of the most difficult skills to learn in foreign language. In the FCE exam you have 1 hour 20 minutes to read the question, make some notes and a rough draft, write your final answer, and then check your work. That´s not much time!

The CAE exam is 10 minutes longer, but you have to write more words.  The tables below summarise the format of the FCE and CAE exams. They have a similar structure with 2 parts in each exam. The main differences are the word count and the time allowed. Another is that in Part 2 of the FCE you have the option of writing an article but in the CAE you have the option of a proposal.

Over the next few weeks we´ll be looking at each type of writing in more detail and will explain exactly how to get the best mark possible in your exam. If you have any questions, let us know by commenting below!

FCE Part 1 Part 2 CAE Part 1 Part 2
Number of words 140-190 words 140-190 words Number of words 220-260 words 220-260 words
Types of writing Essay Letter/email

Review

Report

Article

Types of writing Essay Letter/email

Review

Report

Proposal

Options ONE compulsory question Choose ONE out of three questions Options ONE compulsory question Choose ONE out of three questions
Total time for exam 1 hour 20 minutes Total time for exam 1 hour 30 minutes
Certificate awarded B2 Certificate awarded C1

 

 

 

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