FCE Writing Paper: Part 1 – The Compulsory One!

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There is no getting away from this one – you will have to write either a letter or an email which is between 120 and 150 words. Based on your input information (about 160 words) you will have to produce your written piece.

Many students dread this FCE writing task as they have no choices. However, by learning how to properly structure a letter or an email, you can actually turn the lack of choice to your advantage.

To be successful on the FCE Writing Part 1, you will need to ensure that you include all of the content points. Wherever you can, you should expand on relevant ideas and information. Make sure that you don’t leave out any important information by developing a writing task plan before you actually start writing.

Paragraphing and the use of linkers will greatly enhance your writing and is a technique that can be easily applied to any type of writing. However, if you want to improve your writing for the FCE exam, there is unfortunately nothing else for it: you need to practise, practise, practise …

With practice you may even be able to shave some time of the timetable that forms part of your exam strategy plan. This in turn will free up time which you can use to good effect when completing Paper 2 of your FCE Writing exam.

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