Saturday, 20 July 2013
How to write an article for an international exam (CPE, CAE, FCE, IELTS. )
At CAE and CPE level it is also of vital importance to include some advanced examples of the use of grammar as well as lexis (idioms, collocations, sayings.) So instead of saying something like "I had a lot of fun although I don´t normally enjoy jazz concerts" say something like " I had a whale of a time although jazz concerts are not my cup of tea" (idioms: have a whale of a time ; not my cup of tea.)
3 After you write
Take your time to proofread. Check for spelling mistakes and see if you have to make any corrections. Make sure that you have used a wide variety of words and if
you find one that has been used more than once, replace it for a synonym.
- Is all the article writen in the same style? (Style)
- Is the article interesting enough? (Reader)
Take a look at some examples of articles:
Commonly asked questions:
1. How long should a piece of writing be?
It depends on the international examination. At CPE for example, it is between 250-350. It is important to read the instructions carefully, the expected number of words must be there.
As I see it, an essay is more academic, usually written for a university/college class. An article is usually for a magazine or a blog, they can be formal or informal, the topics can be serious or trivial, they are intented to inform and also to entertain.