OET Writing Making An Impact With Appropriate Language

Your OET writing sub-test is a big challenge. But, there are many test takers who misconceive it to be a simple task. Certainly, writing a letter may sound an easy thing. The word count of 180-200 words doesn’t seem to be challenging. But, it can’t be denied that OET has its own difficulties. Yes, it is true that there is a word-limit of 180-200 words but not just any word will work for you. There is a need to pick the words with care. Most of the candidates do not get a good score in OET writing sub test because of inappropriateness of the language. 

What tone of language are you expected to make use in your OET writing sub-test? Is it formal or informal?

You need to be politely formal. That is the first thing you will have to remember. Check out some sentences. 

  1. Ms. Jennifer is alcoholic. 
  2. Ms. Jennifer’s alcohol intake is slightly above the recommended level. 
  3. Ms. Jennifer’s alcohol intake is excessive. 

Sentence 1 is informal. And it is direct. And it also looks a bit impolite. It doesn’t convey the information in an impactful way. 

Sentences 2 and 3 are good enough to give the information about the patient. 

But, sentence 2 is long in comparison to sentence 3. And as per OET’s principle, it is important that you should keep your sentences short but you need to make them effective too. Therefore, sentence 3 is good and we can use it in our writing sub-test. 

Check out some more examples:

  1. Ms. Emma is fat. (Direct. Informal. And not suitable). 
  2. Ms. Emma’s weight is way above her ideal body weight range. (Good but a lengthy sentence). 
  3. Ms. Emma is overweight. (Simple and effective).  

Using Patient’s Name in OET Writing Sub-Test 

You are expected to make use of the patient’s name at least once in the first opening paragraph of your letter. That’s recommended. And that is the appropriate use of the language too. We do not repeated names. We use pronoun when we have to talk about the same person again and again Use noun (name of the patient once and after this, it is not necessary that you should repeat the name of the patient. You can use he/she to talk about the patient). 

Summarize information in the first paragraph itself. 

You should try to give answers to all important questions.

  • Who is the patient? Give the name of the patient. 
  • Why is the patient admitted to the hospital? Or What was the problem the patient was facing? Describe the reason/problem briefly. 
  • When was the patient admitted? Date, Day or Time. 

You need to summarize this information in lesser number of words. Do not write lengthy sentences. 


Ms. Eliza was admitted to our hospital three days ago for a hip replacement as her reports showed a severe damage to her hip joint. She has been a patient of osteoarthritis for over 5 years. 
The sentence given above is a perfect example of providing the information in a nutshell. 

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