CAE Writing Criteria


Here are the 6 areas that the examiners take into account when marking your writing pieces:

  • Content: Did you include all parts from the task, EG: Describe job, say whether or not they would recommend it, give reasons.

  • Organisation and Cohesion: Is it clearly organised into paragraphs with appropriate linking devices.

  • Range: Good variety of vocabulary and structures

  • Accuracy: grammar, spelling mistakes etc.

  • Appropriacy of register and format: Is the register correct for the type of writing? Formal / informal / neutral. Does it follow specific format rules? EG Formal letter yours faithfully / sincerely etc.

  • Target Reader: Would the target reader be fully informed?