On this page we look at review writing for the Cambridge B2 exam. The review is a writing task in Part 2 of the exam and like all other forms of writing has a word limit of 140-190 words. While you can be asked to write a review of anything, the following topics are commonly what you can find in the exam. Generally the writing style is neutral. Here are some typical review topics
We’ll use the film review as an example to show you how to write your review.
In real life we use reviews to help us make decisions about what to read, watch or buy. When we read a review we expect to find out information about a film, book, or CD for example. We are also looking for details on the positive and negative aspects along with the writer’s recommendation.
A review should include a number of pieces of information. As we said above we’ll use a film review example.
Take a look at this example.
From the points above we can now see a simple method of writing the review. As always we suggest writing 4-5 paragraphs.
We start with basic information about the film and we can include details about some or all of the following.
When we talk about the qualities of a film we need to include relevant details. The main areas we should mention are plot or script, acting, effects or visual aspects of the film. For example, in a historical drama we would probably not include special effects. We’ve used the Star Wars film as an example of this part of the review.
Although we don’t have to find negative aspects, it is always useful to point out things that readers should know. This makes the review balanced.
At the end of the review the recommendation should say why you recommend the film. It is probably clear from what you have said but it helps to remind the reader and they expect you to make a recommendation.
Review writing, as we can see here, has a particular format. In any type of review we follow a similar type of organisation. There is always a recommendation and we always make comments about the positive and negative aspects of what are reviewing.