Tips on OET Writing Test

In OET Writing, your letter is 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.

  • Take time to understand the situation and the requirements of the task.
  • Try to write between 180-200 words and avoid copying parts of the question or notes.
  • Write in a formal style and avoid using slang language or abbreviations.
  • Remember why you are writing and who you are writing it for.
  • Include important information that the reader needs to know and leave out information that is not important or not relevant.
  • Write as neatly as possible. The examiner must be able to clear read you writing.
  • Try to use complex sentences where it is appropriate.
  • If your sentence is too long or complicated, break it down into more simple sentences.
  • Organize the information clearly. Use paragraphs where appropriate. Remember, each idea should have its own paragraph.
  • Remember why you are writing and who you are writing it for.
  • Check your writing for spelling mistakes, punctuation and grammar errors.
  • Do some practice tests before you sit your exam.


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