In this post, we tell you everything you need to know about the writing of FCE. Your parts, how is the exam marked and tips.
In the Cambridge First Certificate exam (CEF B2) Paper 2 is the Writing paper, which has 2 parts. In part 1 you have one question and you have to write an essay. In part 2 you have a choice of 3 questions and you need to answer ONE!!! In part 2 there are 4 different types of writing you will need to learn (article, letter/email, review and report). Don´t worry these will be covered later!
How is the exam marked?
Each piece of writing at B2 is marked out of 20, and in the writing paper there are two pieces of writing so there is a maximum score of 40. So, what contributes to the mark out of 20? Cambridge mark B2 writing in 4 parts, content, communicative achievement, organisation and language, and each of these parts is marked out of 5. Here are some questions to think about when writing to help you get a good mark for each part.
Is there anything else to remember?
Each piece of writing is 140-190 words so can you PLEASE make sure you write the correct amount! Also if you can´t think of a true answer, invent something!
For example: Write a review of the TV programme you have watched recently. As long as it is written correctly, you can write about a programme you watched 3 years ago because the exams are marked anonymously and there is no way for the examiner to know that you didn´t watch it recently.