How to Write Articles for the FCE Writing Paper

On the second part of the FCE Writing Paper, you will need to choose one task from a choice of three. Most students go for the easy option, the letter or the email.

However, if you choose one of the other tasks, such as an article, you are more likely to score well on the FCE Writing Paper. That is, if you know how to write an article.

FCE Writing: Points to Consider When Writing an Article

Your article should be written to give information or express an opinion. Make sure you identify the target audience before you start writing. This will determine if your article should be formal or informal in style.

Each of your paragraphs should deal with one issue or aspect. Use linking ideas and time expressions to join your ideas or introduce paragraphs.

Make sure that the vocabulary you use is sophisticated. For instance, instead of using “good”, you could use “superb”. Instead of using “bad”, you could use “awful”. Just make sure that you use your vocabulary correctly.

If you would like to improve your vocabulary for the FCE exam, why not try out our FCE Vocabulary Building Series?

FCE Writing: Points to Consider When Writing an Article Headline

A headline should be short and give a clear summary of the information presented in the article. Here are some rules for writing headlines that you may find useful:

  • Use the present tense to describe events which have occurred very recently: Storm hits the England
  • Omit using the verb “be” when using the passive voice to describe a past event: Lost cat found
  • Use “to be + past participle” when using the passive voice to describe a future event: Community centre to be opened by Lord Mayor
  • Omit articles: Cat trapped in tree
  • Put several nouns after each other: Birmingham train crash injures 12

How to Write Articles for the FCE Writing Paper

We have included a short video which gives some more tips and advice on how to write articles for the FCE Writing Paper. In addition, we have included an interactive writing exercise which we hope you will enjoy.

[This exercise is FLASH-based]

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