CAE PAPER 2 WRITINGGENERAL DESCRIPTION
Paper format The paper contains two parts.
Timing 1 hour 30 minutes.
No. of parts 2.
No. of questions Candidates are required to complete two tasks: a compulsory one in Part 1 and one from a choice of five in Part 2.
Task types From the following: an article, a competition entry, a contribution to a longer piece, an essay, an information sheet, a letter, a proposal, a report, a review. Each task has a given purpose and a target reader.
Answer format The questions are in a booklet with lined pages for the answers. The blank pages at the back of the booklet can be used for writing notes or finishing answers, if necessary.
Marks Each question on this paper carries equal marks.
STRUCTURE AND TASKS
Task type and focus QUESTION 1 Writing one of the following: an article, a report, a proposal, a letter. Focus on evaluating, expressing opinions, hypothesising, persuading.
Format Candidates are required to deal with input material of up to 150 words. This may include material taken from advertisements, extracts from letters, emails, postcards, diaries, short articles, etc.
No. of tasks and length One compulsory task. 180–220 words.
Task type and focus QUESTIONS 2–4 Writing one of the following: an article, a competition entry, a contribution to a longer piece, an essay, an information sheet, a letter, a proposal, a report, a review. QUESTION 5 (Question 5 has two options) Writing one of the following, based on one of two prescribed reading texts: an article, an essay, a report, a review. Varying focuses according to the task, including: comparing, giving advice, giving opinions, justifying, persuading.
Format A situationally based writing task specified in no more than 80 words.
No. of tasks and length One task to be selected from a choice of five. 220–260 words.
Adapted from the 'CAE Handbook', which is available to order from Cambridge ESOL.
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