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TIPS & TECHNIQUES Effective preparation for the OET writing test is essential to help you achieve your highest possible score. Knowing how to approach the test, including essential test strategies and the appropriate background knowledge, will reduce your anxiety and increase your chances of success. Try to speak English as often as you can...its the only way you can progress and improve on grammar and sentence structure. Reverting to your mother tongue whenever there are fellow
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    TIPS & TECHNIQUES Effective preparation for the OET writing test is essential to help you achieve your highest possible score. Knowing how to approach the test, including essential test strategies and the appropriate background knowledge, will reduce your anxiety and increase your chances of success. Try to speak English as often as you can...its the only way you can progress and improve on grammar and sentence structure. Reverting to your mother tongue whenever there are fellow countries mates can serve to derail your efforts. This is especially true when it comes to speaking...the last test. Confidence in structuring a complete sentence can only come through practice Learn to search out information by gleaning through information packs. One of the OET test is a 15 minute reading test which technically does not allow you sufficient time to read all the paragraphs of information provided. The technique to ace this is to find key words in the questions and quickly scroll through the information text and identify the key word. Once you do, you will find the answer there...do not waste time wondering if this is the correct one or not...FILL IN THE BLANKS. Example - The success and survival rate for patients undergoing balloon angioplasty during a myocardial infarct is ____%. The key word is balloon angioplasty ...go to the information/text and search for this word and you should find the data to fill in the blank. DO NOT READ THE WHOLE information/TEXT...you will have NO time after reading to do your questions!! www.oetmaterial.com.au Oetmaterial.com.au, Maiva Corporation Pty Ltd and our practice material is not connected with, affiliated with or endorsed by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, Cambridge English Language Assessment or Box Hill Institute. Our practice material has been prepared by our expert teachers to assist candidates in preparing for the OET exam    You have 1 minute before each section of a test starts...USE IT to read all the questions ahead of you. This IS doubly important for LISTENING. If you try to listen and look at the question at the same time, you will fall behind because there is only one chance to hear it...The tape of the conversation or speech is never repeated. The OET Writing test requires you to write a letter in a professional context within a 45 minute time period. Your letter is then assessed against five criteria, which mainly look at whether you have written enough words, used appropriate vocabulary, understood the situation, provided the right information and your overall ability to communicate effectively in English. Follow these tips to improve your performance:- 1. Take the time to understand the situation and the requirements of the task. 2. Try to write between 180-200 words and avoid copying parts of the question or notes. 3. Write in a formal style and avoid using slang language or abbreviations. 4. Remember why you are writing and who you are writing it for. 5. Include important information that the reader needs to know and leave out information that is not important or not relevant. 6. Write as neatly as possible. The examiner must be able to clearly read your writing. 7. Try to use complex sentences where it is appropriate. If your sentence is too long or complicated, break it down into more simple sentences. 8. Organize the information clearly. Use paragraphs where appropriate. Remember, each idea should have its own paragraph. 9. Check your writing for spelling mistakes, punctuation and grammar errors. 10. Do some practice tests before you sit your exam. So follow these tips to prepare for the OET test  and with practice you will improve your results. General Advice: 1. Before you begin writing, underline all the information in the notes that you think is relevant to the specialist you are referring to. Imagine you were that specialist; what information would you like to accompany a new patient whom you have never seen before? 2. Give each idea its own paragraph. Each paragraph should be no longer than 4 or 5 lines. If you want to save space on your answer sheet, indent the beginning of the first line of each paragraph. Some students think that they have broken up their answer into paragraphs, but if the examiner can't see the beginning of each paragraph, you will lose marks for Control of Presentation Features. www.oetmaterial.com.au    1. Practice writing neatly. There is no marking criteria for handwriting, but if the examiner is unable to read your handwriting, you have failed to communicate effectively and your Overall Task Fulfilment and Control of Presentation Features criteria may suffer as a result. Common mistakes with medical Collocations (words that should go together) Right Wrong I am writing in regards to + [noun] I am writing regarding + [noun] I am writing in regards of + [noun] admitted to hospital admitted in hospital due to + [noun] e.g. due to his illness due to + [sentence] e.g. due to he is still not well. diagnosed with + [name of disease] diagnosed of + [name of disease] Writing skills -- Your letter is assessed against five criteria: Overall task fulfillment   –  including whether the response is of the required length Appropriateness of language   –  including the use of appropriate vocabulary and tone in the response, and whether it is organized appropriately Comprehension of stimulus   –  including whether the response shows you have understood the situation and provide relevant rather than unnecessary information to your reader Control of linguistic features (grammar and cohesion)   –  how effectively you communicate using the grammatical structures and cohesive devices of English Control of presentation features (spelling, punctuation and layout)   –  how these areas affect the message you want to communicate How to improve on each criterion? Write enough so the assessors have a sufficient sample of your writing –  the task requires approximately 180-200 words in the body of the letter Don’t write too much –  you may need to select content carefully to keep to the required word count Use your own words as much as possible –   don’t simply copy sections from the case notes Avoid using a ‘formulaic’ response –  if you include elements that do not fit the task, it indicates a lack of flexibility in your writing Don’t include information that the intended reader clearly knows already (e.g., if you are replying to a colleague who has referred a patient to you)   www.oetmaterial.com.au    Appropriateness of language * Organize the information clearly –  the sequence of information in the case notes may not be the most appropriate sequence of information for your letter * Highlight the main purpose of your letter at the start –  this provides the context for the information you include * Be clear about the level of urgency for the communication * Always keep in mind the reason for writing –   don’t just summarize the case notes provided * Focus on important information and minimize incidental detail * If it will help, be explicit about the organization of your letter: e.g., ‘First I will outline the problems the patient has, then I will make some suggestions for his tr  eatment.’  * Consider using dates and other time references (e.g., three months later, last week, a year ago) to give a clear sequence of events where necessary * Remember that all professional letters are written in a relatively formal style * Avoid informal language, slang, colloquialisms and spoken idiom unless you are sure this is appropriate (e.g., use ‘Thank you’ rather than ‘Thanks a lot’)   * Avoid SMS texting abbreviations in a formal letter (e.g., use ‘you’ not ‘u’)  * Give the correct salutation: if you are told the recipient’s name and title, use them  * Show awareness of your audience by choosing appropriate words and phrases: if you are writing to another professional, you may use technical terms and, possibly, abbreviations; if you are writing to a parent or a group of lay people, use non-technical terms and explain carefully Comprehension of stimulus * Demonstrate in your response that you have understood the case notes fully * Be clear what the most relevant issues for the reader are * Don’t let the main issue become hidden by including too much supporting detail * Show clearly the connections between information in the case notes if these are made; however, do not add information that is not given in the notes (e.g., a suggested diagnosis), particularly if the reason for the letter is to get an expert opinion * Take relevant information from the case notes and transform it to fit the task set * If the stimulus material includes questions that require an answer in your response, be explicit about this –   don’t ‘hide’ the relevant information in a general summary of the notes provided www.oetmaterial.com.au
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