Victoria University OET Online Preparation Course 1 on the table. COMMON OET WRITING MISTAKES PLUS CORRECTIONS ASSESSMENT CRITERION & MISTAKE CORRECTION A Appropriateness of Language - MISTAKE 1informal language I really appreciate your ongoing management. I greatly appreciate… (“greatly” is more formal) Thanks a lot for seeing Mr Smith. Thank you for seeing…” 2. I ordered some tests. Some tests were ordered . (passive voice is more FORMAL than active voice ) 3. Mr. Smith is an alcoholic. Mr. Smith’s alcohol intake is above the recommended levels. OR Mr. Smith’s alcohol intake is excessive. (The 2 nd one is better if you need to save words.) 4. Mrs. Smith is fat. Mrs. Smith’s weight is significantly above her ideal weight range. OR Mrs. Smith is overweight. 5. she / he in the 1 st sentence of a paragraph. Write the patient’s name or “the patient” because the first sentence in a paragraph is the most important sentence. 6. NURSES – inadequate 1 st paragraph The 1 st p/g should answer the questions who?, why?, what?, where? when? e.g. Mrs Smith was admitted two days ago for a hip replacement. She will be discharged tomorrow. 7.too direct e.g. Mrs. Smith will be seen by a social worker. Kindly arrange an appointment with a social worker. B Comprehension of Stimulus - MISTAKE CORRECTION 1. The main thing to remember in this criterion is to INCLUDE important information and EXCLUDE unimportant information. So, the question to ask yourself is: “What does the reader need to know in order to treat (or care for) this patient?” COMMON OET WRITING MISTAKES PLUS CORRECTIONS 1
Victoria University OET Online Preparation Course For pharmacists “What does the customer need to know about this product in order to use it safely?”” 2. you’ve included all the normal vital signs and test results. Only include POSITIVE examination findings HOWEVER sometimes the reader will need to know NEG findings e.g. with an anorexic patient, the thyroid function tests are normal / neg so the reader will need to know this. 3. misunderstanding of the case notes / task E.g. the reader of the letter is a patient’s parents but you write to another health professional instead e.g. “The patient is 8 years old and he suffered a minor fracture…” The parents know this information. OR you write that a patient’s condition is caused by e.g anxiety which is the patient’s opinion but it is not stated on the case notes. 4. C Grammar and Cohesion – MISTAKE CORRECTION 1. missing “a” or “an” or “the” Write “a/an” in front of all COUNTABLE nouns the FIRST TIME you write them. The 2 nd time you mention them use “the” e.g. “Mrs. Smith underwent an operation yesterday. The operation was a success.” 2. missing “the” Write “the” OR “his” OR “her” in front of all body parts e.g. “Mr. Smith sustained fractures to the ribs.” “I sold Mr. Smith a medication for pain in the knee.” An exception is: “a fractured femur.” BUT “ a fracture of the femur” 3. missing “the”
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