How To Check Your Writing
Check your facts
One of the most obvious aspects you should be checking is whether you have reported the information from the case notes.
Check your spelling
Check your punctuation
Check your organisation
One of the common errors made in this area of the OET writing test is organising the letter in such a way where the most relevant information doesn’t occur until too late. Some students take a chronological approach to their writing, starting with the patient’s history before moving on to focus on more recent health complaints.
This can be highly inappropriate, however. For example, if a patient has been admitted to the Accident and Emergency department due to a drug-overdose, the first main body paragraph of the letter should not focus on the patient’s history of eczema as this is not directly relevant to the reason why the letter has been written.
Relevant medical history should, of course, be included in the letter but not necessarily as the first main paragraph. Make sure that your letter is organised in such a way so that the most important information comes first.
Join one of our OET course packages (starting at just $49)in order to get high quality practice and feedback from one of our OET UK teachers by clicking here:
Have a look at this sentence again:
The patient was admitted to the Accident and Emergency department due to displaying signs and symptoms related to hypotension which was determined by obtaining regular readings of her blood pressure…
How could it be improved via use of punctuation?
What is the problem with the following sentences? How could they be improved?
She is a non-smoker. However, she is a social drinker. Please note that she is allergic to codeine.
Can you identify the spelling errors in the following sentence? Correct the mistakes you notice. Write the sentence into a spell-checker to review the spelling afterwards.
Two days latter, she came to me with a seveer couf with thick yellow phlem. There were mild crakles at the posterior right lung base.
Now write a submission for your OET writing using a Swoosh English OET mock writing test. Before you submit make sure you proof-read what you have written. How many errors were you able to identify prior to submission?
The patient was admitted to the Accident and Emergency department due to displaying signs and symptoms related to hypotension. This was determined by obtaining regular readings of her blood pressure…
Over-use of full-stops. Possible improvement:
She is a non-smoker; however, she is a social drinker. Please also note that she is allergic to codeine.
Two days later, she came to me with a severe cough with thick yellow phlegm. There were mild crackles at the posterior right lung base.
READ OUR PREVIOUS BLOGS: