A Part 1 essay doesn’t need a title. In Part 2, articles need titles. Look at any newspaper, magazine or their online equivalents. All their articles have a title. A title catches the reader’s eye and makes him or her want to read the article, the same as asking questions in the introduction. But try … More When to use a title?
In general, questions in written English are used more in informal rather than formal language. I’d therefore advise candidates not to use them in Part 1. However, in Part 2, if the register required is informal, you can certainly use questions to good effect. For example, if you have to write a letter or email … More When to use questions in FCE Writing?
FCE Writing questions always tell you who are you writing to. This is your Target Reader (TR). When you know your TR, you can decide in which register and style you need to write. For example, in Part 1, the instructions always state, ‘Your teacher has asked you to write an essay’. You’re writing an … More Who am I writing to?
When you write, you need to think about your register. In other words, how formal does your writing need to be? In addition, you need to think about your style as well as register. The two go together. For example, you always write a Question 1 essay for your teacher, so your register needs to … More What is style?
The number of words you write is important.This subject is covered in other posts in this blog. You don’t need to count exactly how many words your text contains. This is a waste of valuable time which you should spend planning or writing your answer. However, there is a quick way to estimate the number … More Do I need to count my words?
Register is an invisible line: x————————————x———————————–x formal semi-formal informal When you write or speak in your language, you automatically choose your register. Speaking to a group of friends? Informal register. Writing a letter to a professor? Formal register. Sending a text message to your best friend? Informal register. You need to do the same … More How informal is too informal?
Here’s an FCE-style job application question: You see this advert on a jobs website: Assistants wanted Summer sports camp for five- to sixteen-year-old children requires assistants. You need to be able to play different sports, speak English well and have experience of looking after children. In another post I cover how to write the first … More How to write a job application? (2)
It’s very common to see a job application question in Part 2. If you want to write a letter of application, you need to do a little homework before the exam. You can find millions of example letters of application online. Here are a couple: Example 1 Example 2 Notice how letters of application always … More How to write a job application?
In Part 1, you always have to write an essay. In Part 2, you have to choose one question from three. The text types will be three of the following: article, email / letter, report or review. Considering email and letter are more or less the same, that means that you only have five text … More What do I have to write?
For both Part 1 and Part 2, three to five paragraphs is about right, with four or five being the most common. Whatever you do, don’t write one long paragraph. It creates a negative impression on your reader because it looks horrible. In addition, it shows that your organisational skills aren’t good because it’s difficult … More How many paragraphs should I write?