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Example CAE writing part 1 #002


Your class has listened to a discussion about factors that have an influence on major decisions we make in our lives. You have made the notes below: 

Factors which influence major decisions we make in our lives: 

  • education 
  • money
  • people

Some opinions expressed in the discussions: 

“A good education opens up many opportunities.” 

“Money makes anything possible.” 

“We learn from the experience of others.” 

Write an essay for your tutor discussing two of the factors in your notes. You should explain which factor you think has a greater influence on major decisions we make in our lives, and provide reasons to support your opinion. 

You may, if you wish, make use of the opinions expressed in the discussion, but you should use your own words as far as possible. 


Decisions crop up continually throughout life, ranging from non-serious choices to transformational decisions. The way in which we approach such decisions is largely determined by factors which condition us, two of the most significant being the people within our vicinity and our access to cash liquidity. 

One of the key ways in which we acquire decision making skills is based on family and friends who communicate with us regularly. These people tend to know us very well and make themselves privy to the goings on in our lives. Therefore, they are well placed to offer guidance when such decisions from seemingly meaningless choices to big life changing moments crop up. 

On the other hand, some might say that we could happily ignore friendly advice from our peers and contemporaries, if we had plenty of money. It can be posited that possession of money simply affords us a greater amount of options and can indeed make large and costly decisions less stressful. However, it must be noted as part of this analysis that the average individual simply cannot be termed in such exceptional and affluent circumstances and one usually has to rely on their own sense of what will work best. 

In conclusion, we can acknowledge the fact that many aspects have to be taken into consideration when looking into how and why we make certain decisions, but it has been identified herein that people and money are leading influencers. 

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