Do you know why most of the candidates do not get their desired score in OET Writing Sub-Test?

The reason is that they do not read the case notes properly.

They do not understand what they are actually asked to do. There are many candidates who actually jump to conclusions without taking into account the complete case studies.

Do not assume that you are writing a test. Think about it more professionally. You are dealing with a case study ad you will have to be very prudent in describing everything that is needed.

Take a look at the example:

Writing Task:

Using the information in the case notes, write a letter of referral for further investigation and definitive diagnosis to the gastroenterologist, Dr. Bryan D’Souza, at Crescent Hospital, 50 Roslyn Gardens, Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011, Australia.

In your answer:

Expand the relevant notes into complete sentences

Do not use note form

Use letter format

The body of the letter should be at least 180-200 words.

Now, let us focus on it more.

It is a referral letter.

You need to address this letter to the Gastroenterologist, Dr. Bryan D’Souza, at Crescent Hospital, 50 Roslyn Gardens, Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011, Australia.

Expanding Notes into Sentences

Notes given to you are for your reference. And you will have to EXPAND relevant NOTES. You will have to provide COMPLETE Sentences.

But, most of the candidates do not expand the notes. They just write as the notes are. They do not add new words to the note. Doing so, they believe they have completed the task. But, that is not the way.

You are not supposed to use note form

Most of the candidates use the note form when they write the letter. That is because of the habit they have. But, in the OET writing sub-test, you are not expected to do so.

Letter Body

The most challenging part of the test is the body of the letter. You are expected to write at least 180-200 words.

But, most of the candidates, do not focus on it. They think that the complete letter should have 180-200 words. They also count the words that are there in salutation, the introduction of the letter, complimentary close and the signature.

The body of the letter should have 180-200 words and if you write lesser than this word count you will lose your score in OET.

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