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C1 Advanced (CAE) Review: Writing Topics
C1 Advanced (CAE) Review: Writing Topics (PDF)

A review is one of the possible text types in the second part of the writing. It is written traditionally for an English-language magazine, newspaper, or website. The main purpose is to describe and express a personal opinion about something which the writer has experienced (e.g. a film, a holiday. a product, a website, etc.) and to give the reader a clear impression of what the item discussed is like. Description and explanation are key functions for this task and a review will normally include a recommendation to the reader.

How to write a C1 Advanced (CAE) review?

C1 Advanced (CAE) Review: Writing Topics

You see the following announcement on a website, Great Lives:

Reviews wanted

Send us a review of a book or film that focuses on somebody who has made an important contribution to society.

Did you learn anything new about the person’s life from the book or film? Did the book or film help you understand why this person made their important contribution?

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

A travel website has asked you to write a review of a holiday resort you have been to, explaining what kinds of people the resort is likely to appeal to, and which aspects of the resort you would most recommend to other visitors.

You should also suggest at least one way in which you feel the resort could be improved.

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

You see the following announcement on a website

PRODUCT REVIEWS WANTED

Have you bought a new product recently, or had one bought for you? Maybe you’ve just got a new gadget or piece of technology or equipment. It could be something for work or leisure. We’d like to hear what you think of it for our Readers’ Reviews Page.

Describe the product for readers and give your opinions on it. Do you recommend it? lf so, why? If not, why not?

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

LIVE PERFORMANCE REVIEWS WANTED

Have you seen someone perform live who you had previously only heard on recordings or seen on TV or in films? We’d like you to send us reviews of concerts by bands you’d never seen live before or actors you’d never seen on stage.

Describe the performance in detail. What did you think and what did the rest of the audience think? Compare the live performance with how the same person / people perform in recordings or on TV or in films. Were they not so good Iive, or did you prefer them live? Did your opinion of them change? 

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

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You have just returned from a trip during which you rented an apartment for a week.

You were very pleased with the accommodation and you have decided to write a review of it for a travel website. In your review, describe your experience of renting the apartment, say what the apartment was like, and explain why you enjoyed your stay there.

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

You have seen this announcement on your favorite music website.

Have you ever been to an amazing concert venue?

Write a review of the best music venue in your local area and tell us about what makes it so special. Say who you would recommend it for a why?

The best entries will be published on our website.

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

You are the art review writer for a magazine. Your editor has asked you to review a film.

Choose a film that you have seen. Describe the plot and the characters involved. Say who the film is suitable for and why. Mention any special effects or aspects of the film that stood out in some way. Would you recommend the film? Why, why not?

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

You are interested in becoming a food critic and have been given an assignment by your school newspaper to review a newly-opened Chinese restaurant.

The editor of the publication instructs you to consider the following when developing your review:

  • What did you eat and how was the quality of the food?
  • What was the decor like and did it enhance or lessen the overall dining experience?
  • How attentive and helpful were the staff in serving you·)
  • Would you recommend this place to people you know? Why or why not?

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

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You have recently visited a museum or gallery, either in your country or abroad. Write a review for a tourist information magazine describing the building, where it is located and if it has any facilities such as a shop or cafe.

Describe the contents of the museum or gallery and mention any exhibits that you were particularly impressed by. Say whether it is worth visiting and mention who might be interested in it and why.

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

You see the following announcement on a website:

Reviews wanted for Entertainment Site

Send us a review of your favourite restaurant and get published on o ur Web page.

You have a favorite Italian restaurant you like to go to with your friends and family, that you want to submit for consideration. In your review, write about the food, service, decor, and any other elements you think would provide a clear picture of the establishment.

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

You are looking through your favorite technology magazine and see the following ad:

Become a Technology Writer

Submit reviews on your favorite gadgets and high-tech devices like the new iPod or iPhone to our web forum. We are looking for
new voices with fresh perspectives on the latest tech advances!

You just got a new smartphone that you are not very happy with. Write a review discussing the problems with the user experience, slow speed, and other aspects that have left you disappointed.

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

Your teacher wants you and your classmates to improve your critical-thinking skills. She asks you to write a review of your favourite novel.

Discuss the plot of the book, the writer’s style in telling the story, the development of the characters, and what you find interesting as well as lacking. Mention if and how you would change the story in any way.

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

You see the following announcement on a TV series reviews website: 

TV Reviews Wanted

Send us a review of your favorite TV series. In your review try to explore the characters, the plot, and the setting. Also, explain why you found it interesting to watch and what you think is its best feature. 

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

A new online publication is looking for new writers to review car models. The e-magazine asks that you write about the current car that you drive or ones that you have driven in the past. Discuss in your review how the car runs, features, safety record and petrol mileage, among other attributes.

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

Your teacher wants you and your classmates to improve your critical-thinking skills. She asks you to write a review of your favorite novel.
Discuss the plot of the book, the writer’s style in telling the story, the development of the characters, and what you find interesting as well as lacking. Mention if and how you would change the story in any way.

Write your review. Word Requirement: 220 – 260 words

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