Blog

C1 Advanced - Reading and Use of English

Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): Reading and Use of English

Reading and Use of English Where should I start? Should I tell you about the screams of protest, the tears and the agony I have to deal with when it is time to practise Reading and Use of English in my C1 Advanced preparation classes? Should I mention the cold sweat on my students’ foreheads…
Read more

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): Paper-based vs Computer-based

Paper-based or computer-based? Many people find out pretty late that there even is a computer-based version of B2 First and it is quite often already too late to make the switch by the time they discover this. I thought it would be a good idea to let my readers know what the similarities and differences…
Read more

CambridgeB2 First - 10 Best Books

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): The 10 Best Books to Study for the Exam

My Top 10 books to prepare for B2 First Choosing the perfect book to prepare for Cambridge B2 First is very important, and while there are many different options to develop your language skills as well as exam strategies and techniques it depends on the individual. For me, these are the best options: Objective First…
Read more

Cambridge B2 First - Speaking

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): Speaking

Cambridge B2 First Speaking in a nutshell Speaking is one of the five exam papers in Cambridge B2 First, the others being Reading, Use of English, Listening and Writing. It usually takes around 14 minutes and you are tested together with another candidate. In the Speaking test, you need to demonstrate your ability to respond…
Read more

Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): How to Write an Email/Letter

Introduction A letter/an email is written in response to the situation outlined in the task. Letters/emails in the C1 Advanced Writing paper will require a response which is consistently appropriate for the specified target reader. Candidates can expect to be asked to write to, for example, the editor of a newspaper or magazine, to the…
Read more

B2 First vs. C1 Advanced

Cambridge B2 First (FCE) vs. C1 Advanced (CAE)

B2 First (FCE) vs. C1 Advanced (CAE) Cambridge B2 First (formerly known as FCE) and C1 Advanced (CAE) are two English language examinations designed and administered by Cambridge Assessment at the University of Cambridge. While passing B2 First is equivalent to CEFR level B2, C1 Advanced indicates a higher level at C1. Both exams can…
Read more

C1 Advanced - How to Write a Review

Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): How to Write a Review

Introduction A review may be about a book, magazine, film, play or concert; it may also be about a product or a service. A review in the C1 Advanced Writing paper does not merely ask for a general description of the thing reviewed, but requires an evaluation of its suitability for a particular purpose or…
Read more

CAE - How to Write a Report

Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): How to Write a Report

Introduction A report may be written for a superior (e.g. a boss or college principal) or a peer group (e.g. club members or colleagues). The content of a report is to some extent factual and draws on the prompt material, but there will be scope for candidates to make use of their own ideas and…
Read more

PET - Speaking

Cambridge B1 Preliminary (PET): Speaking in 2021

Introduction In 2020 Cambridge English updated the B1 Preliminary exam and there were a few changes to the Speaking paper so it is important for students and teachers to know what the ‘new’ Speaking exam looks like and what you can do to get ready and practise the right way. The structure of the Speaking…
Read more

CAE - How Your Writing Is Marked

Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): How Your Writing is Marked

Introduction One of the more complicated things about C1 Advanced is definitely how your writing tasks are marked. I get this question asked a lot by my students, but the problem is that it is very difficult to explain the whole thing in just a minute or two. So I thought it would be a…
Read more