OET WritingOET Writing Task is all about practice. Many candidates repeatedly sit the OET but do not clear the writing section as they do not have the right approach. If you are one of those candidates, you should learn the strategies of OET writing. Know the marking criteria
It is important to know what the right marking criterion is. Your task is marked on the basis of these criteria. One is overall task fulfillment, second is Appropriateness of language. Third is Comprehension of stimulus – choose to include the most relevant information to the situation. This shows the marker you have understood the stimulus. Youare checked on the basis of grammar and cohesion and your presentation features.Consider Key PointsIn your writing task, you should know each of the key points because these are the things that the examiner will be looking out for. So if you are confidently fulfilling the required criteria, then you can definitely impress the examiner.Use AbbreviationsYou can use abbreviations that are frequently accepted in the candidate’s profession and clear to the Assessors may be used in the Writing sub-test, for example “BMI” for body mass index, or units of measurement such as “mg”. Right usage of language is one of the five assessment criteria for the Writing sub-test.Know the Writing sub-test structureThe task is to write a letter, generally a referral letter. Sometimes you have to write a different type of letter for example a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise or inform a patient, group or career.Follow the task instructionsAlways follow the instructions in the exam. You will receive prompt material (case notes and/or other related documentation) which includes information to use in your reply.Check grammar and spellingsCheck your grammar after finishing your task. Check the spellings and punctuation. Your layout of writing should be impressive.Know the word limitYou should know the word limit. Follow the required word length which is around 180 to 200 words. Do not write which is not required in the task.Use appropriate vocabularyOrganize your writing in such a way that it impresses the examiner. Choose the suitable vocabulary and tone for the particular situation. Give clear ideas.Know how your writing ability is assessedYour performance on the Writing sub-test is marked by a minimum of two trained Assessors. First Assessor does not know what scores the other has given you, or what scores you have attained on any of the other sub-tests. Your performance is scored against five criteria and receives a band score for each criterion.Know which tense is requiredUse simple past tense according to condition mentioned in your letter. To explain anything you did in the past whilstthe patient was under your care. For this kind of situation use past tense like you performed dressings on Mr Brown’s wound. This medicine was prescribed to patient. Write correct tense according to situation asked in the test.
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- Summer '16
- Writing, The Conversation, OEt