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!

FCEPart 1Part 2CAEPart 1Part 2
Number of words140-190 words140-190 wordsNumber of words220-260 words220-260 words
Types of writingEssayLetter/email

Review

Report

Article

Types of writingEssayLetter/email

Review

Report

Proposal

OptionsONE compulsory questionChoose ONE out of three questionsOptionsONE compulsory questionChoose ONE out of three questions
Total time for exam1 hour 20 minutesTotal time for exam1 hour 30 minutes
Certificate awardedB2Certificate awardedC1

 

 

 

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