Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Writing (Paper 2) General description. Paper format. The paper contains two parts. Timing. 1 hour 30 minutes. No. of parts. 2. No. of questions. Candidates are required to complete two tasks: a compulsory one in Part 1. and one from a choice of. five in Part 2. Task types. From the following: article, competition entry, contribution to a longer piece.