Saturday, 24 September 2016

CPE exam 2016 Essay writing practice

Submitted by Julia Angás 
#Words: 280


Essay on computers: friends or foes?

Computers changed the world we live in a long time ago. But was the change for good? The two texts contrast different views on computers and discuss what we have gained and lost because of them.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Feedback on a piece of writing (CAE/CPE writing practice)

Submitted by Maria Victoria Ferrer


Write an article describing a river and its effects on the 

people who live near it.” Use approximately 200 words.

  • Title with a catchy phrase
  • General introduction about the topic: river ( the river Ganges )
  • The scale of Ganges and where it is located
  • Its importance in history
  • Its importance in culture
  • Today's relevance in the economy and commerce in general
  • Pollution
  • Final conclusion and wrap up

Feedback from CPEsamplewritings is in color red.

                         The River” (title is not catchy at all!)

Flowing through India and Bangladesh, the Ganges river is 

today one of the most important natural flows of water in the

world(,) not only due to the fact that it is the third largest river

in the world (repetition) by discharge but also because of its 

cultural and  historical relevance that are far larger than its 

2700km of length. Good intro but too long, 4 lines would be

enough. Punctuation needs to be checked, as there are no

stops or commas.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

B2 Certification/ CAE: Report Sample 2016

Submitted by Miriam Ortega
# of words: 190

Last year a new Sport and Leisure centre opened in your home town. You have recently received the following letter from the manager of the centre: "I am writing to all members of the Active Leisure club to thank you for your custom over the last year. We want to make the facilities ever better this year! Please, send a short report to us, telling us what you think are the best and the worst aspects of the club. We also want to hear your suggestions for new facilities".

Report on the new Sport and Leisure centre


The purpose of this report is to evaluate the services provided by the Active Leisure club during last year, as well as to make some recommendations on new facilities to be implemented.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

B2 Certification/ CAE: Essay on computers Sample 2016

Submitted by Miriam Ortega 
# of words: 180

We are becoming increasingly dependent on computers. They are used in businesses, hospitals, crime detection and even to fly planes. What things will they be used for in future? Is this dependence on computers a good thing or should we be more suspicious of their benefits? Write an essay of about 180 words.

Computers, friends or foes?

As everybody knows, the computer is one of the best inventions of the 21st century. We use it for almost everything and we cannot imagine our modern world without it. However, in my opinion, we should consider all the risks related to this technology, in order to do a responsible use of it.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

B2 Certification/ CAE: Letter of Complaint Sample 2016

Submitted by Miriam Ortega 
# of words: 190

Dear Sir/ Madam

I am writing to complain about a two week holiday to Wales that I booked for me and my family through your company (booking reference G29576).  

According to your brouchure, the cottage where we stayed was supposed to be "3-star accommodation with only 5 minutes acces walk to a sandy beach". Unfortunately, this was not the case, not only was the beach 30 km far from our accommodation, but it was also dirty and full of stones, which made our stay there quite uncomfortable.

With regard to the house equipment, we were dissatisfied too. There was not hot water and the light from the garden did not work at all, so we could not enjoy it at nights.

I demand some kind of compensation from your company, as you did not deliver what you promised. I believe a discount for our next trip or a 50% refund would be totally fair in this situation.

I also recommend that you solve the hot water and electricity problem before the next group of tourists arrive. Is either that or making the description from location and facilities a lot more realistic.

Yours faithfully,
(Full name)