Monday, 19 February 2018

CPE 2018 Essay Sample on Tourism and feedback

Dear Gustavo, 

My name is Ester Olivas and I contact you regarding my preparation for the Cambridge English Proficiencly Exam next March. 

I saw on your blog that you are available for reviewing any piece of writing that we draft in preparation for the exam. I therefore take the liberty to submit an essay that I prepared based on the instructions of the practice test that I am doing, which I also submit for your reference. Would yo be so kind of taking a look at it and send back to me your comments and recommendations? It would be extremelly useful to have a better understanding of the aspects that I shall improve. 

I look forward to your response and thank you in advance for your valuable help. 

Kind regards, 


Feedback: Text that I think may need correction is in red.
Good luck in the exam!


Tourism is undoubtedly one of the most changing sectors of the last decade. Thanks to the creation of on-line mechanisms to facilitate travelling, almost everyone may choose an attractive destination for their holidays. However as tourism becomes more accessible to all pockets, many coastal villages and their habitants have suffered the devastating impact of such an overwhelming popularity. The two texts contract different views from users of these holiday venues and some within the tourism industry on the impact that such evolved sector has had on seaside areas.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

CPE 2018 Essay Sample Writing Part 1 + feedback

¡Hola, Gustavo! Me llamo Silvia y soy graduada en Traducción e Interpretación. Me gustaría presentarme en un futuro (si pudiera ser no muy lejano) al Proficiency, más que nada para ponerme a prueba a mí misma y demostrar mis skills. Te envío el primer essay que he hecho, a ver qué tal lo ves y si alcanzaría el nivel. Pertenece a la primera parte. Te envío tanto los textos que piden que evalúe como el essay adjuntados en un Word. ¡Gracias de antemano!

Un saludo,


Write your answer in 240–280 words on the separate answer sheet.

Does memory have a future?
A good memory is invaluable. The inability to make use of memory and past experience can be a severe limitation on how well we perform both mentally and physically. Nowadays, we rely on computers, mobiles and other electronic devices to store our most important information, which can be recalled at the touch of a button. However, some people are concerned that this reliance on electronic equipment may affect the development of our internal memory system in the future. It remains to be seen whether these concerns turn out to be true.

The role of memory
We like to think of our memory as our record of the past, but all too often memories are influenced by imagination. It is risky, therefore, to regard memory as a source of knowledge, because we will never be able to verify the accuracy of a memory fully. Although memory is an unreliable source of knowledge about the past, its importance in self-identity is unquestionable. When a person suffers memory loss as a result of accident or illness, one of the most distressing consequences is likely to be a loss of self. Indeed, it can be argued that a person’s true identity resides in his or her collection of memories.

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Final feedback at the end of the text

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The two texts present complementary viewpoints on the importance of memories and how people tend to give memory aids more priority than they should. This essay discusses the effects of the memory system in different aspects of human life. 

Sunday, 17 December 2017

CPE Writing Exam 2018 Review Sample

FInd Attached my first training review for CPE. 
Your blog is an excellent resource! Keep on doing. 

Kind regards

A well-known magazine for English language learners has asked for reviews from readers about useful resources for learning English.
You have recently discovered Write and Improve, a new writing tool for learners of English. Write a review for the magazine describing the main features of the tool and why it is/isn’t helpful. Include details about what you like about the tool and about any difficulties you had with it, and finish by giving your recommendation for other readers.

Review on the new English-learning tool:  
"Write & Improve"

Hailed as the bedrock of knowledge, the Internet affords a profusion offers a wide variety of resources for ESOL students. Whereas much misinformation has been updated overtime, there are few, if any, trustworthy WebPages so as learning English. Despite personally finding most of the pages for learning English rather disappointing, I have to admit that Write&Improve, is an exception. Developed by the respected think-tank Cambridge Dictionary, it caters for a whole host provides useful tools as well as best-practices writing tips. (Feedback: If you mention Writing Tools and Writing Tips in the intro, I expect to read about it in the next paragraphs)

Sunday, 3 December 2017

CPE 2018 Letter to the Editor: Taking risks

Dear Gustavo,
I would be very glad if you could read my writing and give me some feedback.
Thank you for your help.
Kind regards,
Cristina La Spina

CPE Writing part 2
A general interest magazine has recently published a feature entitled "Taking risks makes life worth living". The editor has asked readers to write in with their own experiences and views on the topic, You decide to write a letter briefly describing a risk you once took and its consequences, you should also discuss why some people are particularly attracted to taking risks and how this behaviour might be justified.

Dear Sir,
I read your feature "Taking risks makes life worth living" in your last issue. I understand the point you make – never taking risks in life would make our existance quite flat and dull. Nevertheless, every time you decide to take risks, you must be ready to bear the possible consequences, which might not be pleasant. This is why you should be aware of the price to pay for risky choices and make sure it is worth it.