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In this article you are taught by me just how to write a CAE proposal – what’s important, what is not.

In this article you are taught by me just how to write a CAE proposal – what’s important, what is not.

In this article you are taught by me just how to write a CAE proposal – what’s important, what is not.

Simple tips to write a CAE essay/letter/report/proposal

I rate a student’s Writing Part 1 Essay, then give suggestions about simple tips to rewrite it. Can it is taken by us from a B to an A?

In addition made a video about writing essays – start to see the section below.

Our Videos about CAE Writing

A Skype chat with Marina in Italy – we discuss just how to plan the essay to some extent hands down the CAE Writing test. I emphasise the significance of planning, and my theory you will buy essays online use and which vocabulary fits the topic that you should not only plan your paragraphs, but also which structures.

In this video I put myself in my students’ shoes and try to write a CAE Writing Part 1 essay. Watch as I destroy my poor keyboard while writing an essay. Laugh when I am rudely interrupted as I fail to type the word ‘government’ 7 times out of 8. Cringe.


Grammar Mistakes

Most CAE students do not make obvious, basic mistakes like your/you’re or its/it’s. But they do struggle with such things as:

Relative clauses

You ought to learn the difference between defining and non-defining relative clauses. Your non-defining clauses need commas, while your defining clauses should never have commas.

I had lunch with my grandfather, who is 90 yrs old. (the 2nd 1 / 2 of the sentence tells you more about my grandfather. It’s bonus information, so there has to be a comma.)

I experienced lunch with my pal who lives in Prague. (i will be very cool and popular – I have a lot of friends. If I say ‘I experienced lunch with my pal’ you do not know which friend i am talking about. So the ‘who lives in Prague’ clause provides you with essential information. Therefore, no comma!)

Keep in mind that pronouns that are non-defining be changed to ‘that’, so you should never write a comma followed by ‘that’. (this really is especially an issue for German speakers because in German you must use a comma before ‘that’.)

Gerund infinitive that is vs

Gerund means the form that is-ing of verb. This is certainly a tricky part of grammar since there are not any rules and you have to learn every verb one after another. English! Argh! Anyway, make certain these structures are known by you:

I used to live in China (= I lived in China).

I’m used to hearing German (= hearing German is normal for me).

I look forward to meeting you.

I stopped smoking (= I quit).

I stopped to smoke (= I stopped the things I was doing because i needed to own a cigarette).

I would recommend buying new computer equipment. (Suggest and advise are also followed closely by gerunds.)

I recommend you buy new computer equipment.


So hard! So many prepositions! So mistakes that are many! Just learn up to you can and remember, every student that is single has ever taken the CAE exam has struggled with prepositions. You are not alone!


If I get the job I will go on to Zurich. (The speaker is confident.)

I would move to Zurich if I got the job. (The speaker just isn’t confident.)

I would have moved to Zurich if I had got the job. (But the speaker did not have the job and did not proceed to Zurich.)

Other Mistakes

Not risks that are taking

A lot of students always write the same, safe, things they always write. To perfect advanced vocabulary and structures you have to use advanced vocabulary and structures!

Being boring

It’s hard adequate to produce a piece that is well-structured of with good vocabulary that fits this content. But understand that the examiners read hundreds and hundreds of essays and a lot of of those are particularly boring! If you make yours interesting (though the style, unexpectedly good vocabulary, possibly even a joke or two) the examiners will be really happy and you will be REWARDED.


Students often ask if I offer a correction service that is writing. Well. to be honest i am not to motivated to do that right now. You need to find a trained teacher on italki instead. View here to read about italki. (Watch the video with David to hear more about writing correction.)

Q – Do I have to use spelling that is british?

A – No, it doesn’t matter. However, if you utilize American spelling, be consistent during your writing.

Q – How important is spelling and punctuation?

A – It’s pretty important – in the event that you make a trivial mistake it won’t be an issue. In the event that mistake stops your reader from understanding what you mean you will lose points.

Q – How important is the expressed word count? What goes on if I write too words that are many?

A – The word count is helpful tips, not a rule. But you will write about 220-260 words if you do the task properly. Then you’ve probably written lots of stuff you don’t need if you write 300 words. If you write 200 words no doubt you’ve forgotten something.

DO NOT waste time within the exam counting exactly how many words you’ve got written! And do not add or remove words simply because of this expressed word count – it will turn out clumsy and weird.

All that said, when you are practicing for the writing section, i suggest you stick to the suggested word count.

Observe that the computer-based exam will automatically count just how many words you’re using. Handy! See this article for more information in regards to the CAE that is computer-based exam.

Q – i am aware i must use complex sentences to have a grade that is good but i am worried about making mistakes. Could it be easier to have a text that is simple no mistakes?

A – Cambridge says that students who make mistakes while attempting to use complex structures will get credit for trying (so long as the mistake does not stop your reader from understanding).

Q – My handwriting is terrible! No-one can read it! Will I lose points?

A – No. Your handwriting is not too important. Just make sure it can be read. Also, you don’t need to rewrite your text (and you do not have time for you to rewrite it) – whether it’s got plenty of bits crossed out, don’t be concerned. Every student’s writing looks the same!

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