Sunday, 15 May 2011

How many words?

I've written a new version of this post on my new blog: Too many words


  1. Hi, Simon.
    First of all, thank you for this blog. I did the FCE exam last Sunday and your blog gave me a lot of help with the preparation of the exam.
    I always write more words than I should, I try to be careful with that but unfortunately, during the exam I got nervous and I wrote more words than 180 in the second part, over 230 more or less.
    I'm very worried because I don't know if because of the fact that I wrote more than I should, I could fall the whole writing part of the exam?
    Thank you,

    1. I have the same problem. I wrote like 240 words.Will I fail the writing part?

  2. Hi Simon,
    I would like to know how much a candidate might be penalised for exceedi g the word limit by 100 words in Fce- CB, part 1, considering that the number of lines produced is around 14. Your response is highly appreciated.

    1. If you go slightly over the world limit then it makes no difference to your marks. However, going significantly over the word limit will have a negative effect on your marks. If there's significant irrelevance in your work your Content mark may be reduced, typically by 1 mark. Alternatively, the examiner may choose to lower your Communicative Achievement mark because you're not holding his / her attention because you use too many words.