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Use the ‘READER’ strategy to score high in the Writing sub-test!

By 11 June 2018Test Tips

The reader is the most important person in the Writing test

Your reader is the most important consideration in the Writing sub-test

In the Writing sub-test, you need to write a letter (usually a referral letter) based on some case notes! The letter is then assessed against six criteria, including its purpose and the content you choose to include!

To score well in this sub-test you need to make sure you keep your reader in mind when you’re writing the letter. To help, we’ve put together a quick and handy strategy to keep the reader in the front of your mind:

R is for relevance:

Make sure you select information which is relevant to the current situation. Anything which is not relevant can be omitted.

E is for explain:

Make sure you explain the details of the situation logically. Using time expressions can help the reader understand the order of events.

A is for accuracy:

To make your letter as clear as possible you need to demonstrate good grammatical accuracy in a range of tenses.

D is for division:

Make sure you divide your letter into clear paragraphs.  Order the paragraphs in terms of how important the information is to the reader.

E is for ending:

Make sure your reader has a clear understanding at the end of the letter of what action you require from them.

R is for reason:

Make sure you include the reason for writing at the start (usually provided in the Writing Task). This helps the reader understand the purpose of your letter.

For more helpful strategies like this, make sure you check out the OET Preparation Portal! Not only can you find informative articles like this, but you will also be able to access sample tests, guides and eBooks.

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