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Cambridge English: Advanced

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Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Letter of Application

You have read the following information from a British university, and have decided to apply for a course:

The university welcomes applications to all its courses from overseas students. Please write to the Admissions Officer giving details of the course you wish to apply for and why. Your letter should include an outline of your qualifications and any other relevant information.

Write your letter of application to the Admissions Officer (Between 220-260 words).

What you need to do to pass
Read our checklist first to understand what the examiner is looking for in a good answer.

Ideas for writing
Ask yourself the following questions to help you get started:

  • What course are you going to apply for? You will have to invent the details (e.g. about how long the course is, and whether it's full-time or part-time)
    E.g. I am writing to apply for your 3 year full-time degree in marketing...
  • Write down the reason why you want to apply for that subject.
    E.g. I am very keen to learn about marketing as this will help me to run the family business when I graduate...
  • What are your current qualifications? What subjects have you specialised in up to now? What is your level of English?
  • What other information are you going to give? (age? hobbies? special achievements? work experience? the name of a tutor who can give you a reference?)
  • The Admissions Officer might also be interested to know why you picked this university.
    E.g. I am particularly keen to come to your university as it was recommended to me by a friend...
  • How are you going to end the letter?

Drafting and proofreading your work

You should look at your first draft of the task and decide:

  • Have you answered the question?
  • Is the layout and organisation appropriate?
  • Is the language accurate with a good range of structures?
  • Is the style appropriate and consistent?
  • Will it have a positive effect on the reader?

If the answer is 'no' to any of these questions then you will need to do some more drafting!


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