FCE Writing Part One for first classes

Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Writing Part One (email) task for first classes

You must answer this question. Write your answer in 120-150 words in an appropriate style. You have 40 minutes for this task.


You’ve received a first email from a penfriend arranged through your English school. Read the email and reply to all the questions in it. 

 My name’s Juan and I’m writing to you because our schools have set up a penfriend exchange between us so we can both practise our English and learn something about each other’s countries. Your country is actually quite well known here, but do you think foreign people have the right impression of your country? What misconceptions do foreigners who have never visited sometimes have? I’m sure you must also have some questions about my country, so please ask away!One reason why our schools matched us up is that we are both going to be taking the FCE test. However, I haven’t started the FCE classes yet. What are the most difficult parts of the exam and how can I study for them outside class, do you think?

I really like the school I’m studying in now but I’ve had some terrible English classes before – and some local self-study books are awful too! Have you had any particularly good or bad experiences studying foreign languages?

Looking forward to your reply and to getting to know you much better!

All the best


Write your email. You must use grammatically correct sentences with accurate spelling and punctuation in a style appropriate for the situation.

(Note: This is not quite a realistic exam task because in the exam there will be notes giving the answers that the candidate must write.)


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Related pages

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FCE Writing Part Two emails and letters page

Emailing page

Teaching Emailing: Interactive Classroom Activities (over 300 pages of photocopiable materials)

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