B2 Places to Visit Email is practice for the Cambridge Assessment English B2 First (FCE) examination. For this example, it is an informal email replying to a friend asking about the best places to visit during their stay.
The email is written in response to a situation outlined in the question. You can expect to be asked to write emails to an English-speaking friend or colleague. The email will require a response which is consistently appropriate in register and tone for the specified target reader.
You have received an email from your English friend, Sam. Read this part of the letter and then write your letter to Sam.
I’m so excited about coming to visit you this summer for a few weeks. It’s going to be great, isn’t it? First, I’d like to visit some places where you like to go to. Then, I’d like to do some shopping. Can you tell me a bit about where we might do these things together?
You are required to produce two pieces of writing. The first piece is compulsory and will be an essay of 140-190 words. For the second, you can choose from an article, email/letter, essay, review or report (B2 First for schools the report is replaced with a short story) of 140-190 words.
You need to be able to understand a range of texts, including how they are organised and the opinions and attitudes expressed in them. The texts will be from sources familiar to you such as magazines, articles, fiction and advertisements, but targeted at the interests of students.
Students’ use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well they can control their grammar and vocabulary.
In this part, you talk about two photos on your own which you have to compare for about 1 minute. After you have finished, your partner will be asked a short question about your photo. When your partner has spoken about their photos for about 1 minute, you will be asked a question about their photos.
Cambridge English exams are designed for learners at all levels from the pre-intermediate level Cambridge English: Key (KET) to the very advanced level Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). These exams give candidates proof of their ability to use English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure activities.