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Informal Letter - Advice on saving money

Informal Letter - Advice on saving money

CAE Exam

Dear Sam,

How sensible of you to put some money away for rainy days! I wish I were a bit more like you about things like that! It may sound hilarious to you, but I haven’t saved anything since I started working in my father’s shop. Yet, I can imagine how difficult it is for you to decide what to do. Well, I ‘ ll try to help you.

Taking a break from the big city is irreplaceable as you probably are tense and fed up with your daily routine. And moreover, starting a college completely relaxed will be a great advantage (too formal). Because you will be fresh and full of energy to do all the stuff, required.

On the other hand, not having a car might be unpleasant shortcoming, especially, if you house is away from the collage (too formal). Why don’t you buy a cheap, second-hand car and have a holiday with the left part of the money. I know that you will have to put up with not so luxury vacation, but in this way you can have two things instead of one. I shared your problem with my mother and she thinks it will be a good idea to check if there are buses or trams which can be useful. And thus, driving your classmates won’t be a problem.

Don’t get confused, I believe you ‘ ll make the best of your savings. Write soon and let me know what’s happening.

Loads of kisses,


Note !!!: The letter is formal rather than informal. It has to be changes. 

Proposal - Nominate area to prevent tourism damage

Nominate area to prevent tourism damage

CAE Proposal 


I would like to nominate the area I am living in to receive some money to prevent it from damage caused by tourism. It is an area of beautiful coastline on the north – west coast of Scotland. 

The area and its problems:

Recently more and more tourists have been visiting my area because of the beautiful nature. However, they cause a lot of damage to it, especially families with children on the beach. They also pollute the area by throwing away their rubbish everywhere and not into bins. What is more, there is a little harbour, which is becoming more and more crowded with the boats of some of the tourists. 

If we had some money, we could pay for a guard to protect the area and check the sand dunes. We could also pay for rubbish collection on the beach. In addition, we could set up a permit system for boats, so that we could limit their number in harbour. 


If the area is to be prevented from the negative impact of tourism it is vital that we apply the above suggestions. I strongly believe that they are economically justified and would be very effective and this is the reason why I urge you to support our area by investing in these solutions.

Which school facilities should receive money from local authorities?

Which school facilities should receive money from local authorities? - New CAE Format essay

  • sports facilities and equipment
  • classroom technology
  • library
Write an essay discussing two of the school facilities in your notes. You should explain which facility it is more important for local authorities to spend money on, giving reasons in support of your answer.

A lot of schools have problems with their finances. It is of crucial importance that school facilities receive money from local authorities. It could be directed to various areas: sports equipment, a library, etc. But which of them would benefit the most? 

Sports facilities and equipment are undoubtedly essential for schools. They provide the means that help students keep healhty and in good shape. School children make use of them either during PE lessons or joining a sports club after classes. A swimming pool, a well – equipped gym or a playground bring numerous benefits. 

On the other hand, a library, is also a necessity. This is the place where students can find books, magazines, disks, etc. They are able to consult various sources for their projects, for example, and use up-to-date technology. Or just spend some free time surfing the net and broadening their horizons. 

A modern library is supposed to be provided with a sufficient number of computers, Internet access, a copy machine, etc. In other words, it definitely requires financial support from local authorities. 

On balance, while both sports facilities and the library are important, I am in favour of the latter. Students could jog and excercise on their own, which which does not require money, but may not be able to afford expensive books and the latest technology. Bearing all that in mind, I am positive the money from the local authorities should go to the library.

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Essay on Pollution - 2015 new FCE format

Essay on Pollution - 2015 new FCE format

Pollution is the most common problem in all countries in the world. It is caused by human's activity and it is getting even worse.

First, one of the major causes of transport is air pollution. The exahausted fumes that cars emit pollute the air. Also, many trees are cut down in order to provide space for building roads. In my opnion, people should start using more public transport or bicycles instead of cars. In that way, there will be fewer traffic jams and less air pollution.

The second problem concerns the water sources of the Earth. Tons of waste and filthy water are being dumped in seas and rivers. The pollution of the waters kills fish and destroys underwater life. The only solution is that we should stop using seas and rivers as a waste bin.

Another way we can help the environment is to start recycling. This is probably the most effective way to reduce waste and prevent the environment from pollution.

In conclusion, the Earth is our home and it is our duty to keep it clean. We should stop wasting the treasures of our planet and should start using them in an eco – friendly way.

How to write an essay for new FCE format 2015

How to write an essay for new FCE format 2015

While writing the new CAE essay seems easier than the old one, I cannot say the same about the new FCE essay.To my mind, it's more demanding than the CAE essay. Anyway, we have to cope with it.


Read your task carefully. Start the introduction with a general sentence,related to the topic. Add a second sentence that narrows down the subject. TWO sentences are usually enough for your introduction but you can also have a third sentence-a rhetorical question, related to your task(check our models).


Develop the first argument in the second paragraph. Remember ,you don't have too many words on the whole(190)3 sentences should be enough.You can point out pros and cons(but not at any rate) and even give a short example.What you will include,depends on the topic.


Proceed in the same way with the second argument.


This you will find the most difficult one.Think carefully about YOUR argument and try to think of something that is TO THE POINT and is at the same time SUBSTANTIAL-not just something related to the topic.Develop it like paragraphs 2 and 3.

I recommend 3 sentences for each of the arguments.Of course,you can have 4 for one of them and then 2 for the next one.Not that there are any formal requirements-it's just the very limited number of words that dictates it.But,again,the number of sentences depends on their length.Avoid too long sentences.

You may ask where to include the given opinions.My advice is not to include them at all,since they are not mandatory.Otherwise you would risk copying parts of them,which is not expected from you.


And finally,the conclusion.My experience shows this is the most difficult part.It should follow naturally from what you have written up to now 2, maximum 3 sentences should be enough.The concluding sentence is of particular importance.It should' put the full stop' and not open a new argument or lead into a new direction.Make it genral enough.On the whole ,in the conclusion you are expected to express your opinion very clearly and to the point.

Language: The language you use should be fairly neutral. Avoid contractions and colloquial words and phrases. It's very important to use proper LINKING DEVICES

to begin with,in the first place, first(ly)
moreover, furthermore(more formal)
in addition,besides(less formal)
on the other hand,conversely
to sum up


1/After you have acquainted yourself with these notes,read as many good essays as you can.
2/Try to investigate their structure and argumentation ,identify the different paragraphs,pay attention to and underline interesting phrases and linking devices
3/Copy useful language or even whole essays in a special Writing Notebook
4/Write as many essays as you can and have a good tutor to check them

Essay - If you could have any job anywhere in the world what would you choose and why version 2

If you could have any job anywhere in the world what would you choose and why version 2

Choosing a job is a difficult and challenging task, which almost everyone has to face. In their decisions some people are guided by their desire to serve God, others want to help humanity or simply to support their families. 

My personal ambition is to become an interpreter in a foreign company in my home country. To make my choice, I have taken into consideration a number of factors.

First of all, I’d like to be an interpreter because I love learning and practising languages. They put me in touch with different cultures and unfamiliar traditions. Moreover, I would be able to apply the knowledge accumulated during my school years. It would also give me a chance to meet with many people from different countries and travel around the world.

Secondly, I’d choose a foreign firm to work for, because it would ensure me a higher standard of living. For example, it would give me a respectable social status and a big enough salary. I would also have more opportunities for a promotion and a future career. 

Last but not least, I would like to work in my home country. I want to be close to my family and support them in times of need. I would also love to see my sister growing up and be her reliable and trusty friend. Furthermore, I feel that I would be better appreciated by my colleagues and would work in a familiar, comfortable environment. In addition, being born and having spent my happiest years in this country, I would like to work for its benefit. 

From childhood, I have always loved dreaming about my future life as an adult. But would this fantasy be just another castle in the air? We’ll wait and see.

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