FCE WRITING PAPER
What’s in the Writing paper?
In the two parts of the Cambridge English: First Writing paper, you have to show that you can write different types of text in English.
Time allowed:1 hour 20 minutes
Number of parts:2
Number of questions: Part 1: one compulsory question, Part 2: one question from a choice of fiveMarks:20% total
Types of task: Article, email, essay, letter, report, review, story.
Set texts for Cambridge English: First until December 2013:
- William Makepeace Thackeray: Vanity Fair (Black Cat or any edition)
- Mary Stewart: This Rough Magic (OUP)
Set texts for January 2014 - December 2014 are:
- LP Hartley: The Go-Between (Penguin Readers)
- Sebastian Junger: The Perfect Storm (Macmillan Readers)
The suggested editions are Graded Readers which have been adapted to the level that is suitable for Cambridge English: First candidates. Teachers and candidates should be aware that the language level in other editions may be less accessible.
Candidates should not attempt the optional set text question in Part 2 unless they have the necessary understanding of the text to answer the task set. Teachers are best placed to judge which, if any, of the set texts and/or film versions may be appropriate and stimulating for a given teaching situation.
Note: From 2015 onward, set texts will be discontinued in the revised Cambridge English: First exam.
What's in Part 1?
Some material to read (up to 160 words). You have to write a letter or email using the information in this material. What do I have to practise? Writing a letter or email. You may have to apologise, compare, describe, explain, express opinions, justify, persuade, recommend and/or suggest something.
How many questions are there? One compulsory question.
How much do I have to write? 120–150 words
What's in Part 2? A choice of five questions.
The answer you have to write will be one of the following: an article, essay, letter, report, review or a story.
What about Question 5? If you have read one of the set books and want to write about it, you may decide to try Question 5. You have a choice of two tasks, 5(a) or 5(b), for this question.
What do I have to practise? Writing different types of text: articles, essays, letters, reports, reviews. Depending on the question, you will have to advise, compare, describe, explain, express opinions, justify and/or recommend something.
How many questions are there? One task to be selected from a choice of five. How much do I have to write? 120–180 word
FCE WRITING SAMPLE PAPER
FCE WRITING - MODEL COMPOSITION