The OET Writing Sub-Test consists of a profession specific task of writing a letter of referral. The task simulates a real-life work situation .You will need to write a letter to another medical professional transferring the patient under your care to him/her giving him/her appropriate, relevant and clear instructions and advice on the patient’s current medical condition and why the patient is being transferred.. You could be asking another medical professional to advice your patient; asking another doctor to take the case of the patient forward; ask for surgery to be performed; ask for specific care to be provided to the patient; prescribe specific kind of treatment or exercise or diet to the patient. There could be many more such situations.
The writing task is profession specific and is therefore different for nurses, dentists, doctors, physiotherapists etc. You will be presented with the case notes of the patient from which you will have to use relevant information to compose a referral letter.
The entire task has to be completed in 45 minutes and the letter should be no more than 200 words long.
The following are the assessment parameters on which you will be marked:
- Overall Task Fulfillment: Length of the letter, letter format
- Appropriateness of Language:Tone,organization and vocabulary
- Comprehension of Stimulus : Use relevant information from the notes to provide appropriate response
- Linguistic Features (grammar and cohesion): Correct grammar, sentence structure, use of tenses
Presentation Features (spelling, punctuation, layout): Divide into paragraphs, use correct spellings and use punctuation marks correctly.
SAMPLE WRITING TASK 1 WITH REFERRAL LETTER1
WRITING TASK: NURSES
Time allowed: 40 minutes
Ms Nicole Smith is an 18 year old woman who has just given birth to her first child at the Spirit
Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane. You are the nurse looking after her.
Address: Flat 4, Matthews Street, West End 4101
Phone: (07) 3441 3257
Date of Birth: 4 September 1991
Admitted: 9th September 2009
Discharged: 13th September 2009
Marital Status: Single
Country of birth: Australia
Nicole is single and has had no contact with father of child for six months. She does not know his current address.
No family members in Brisbane. Parents and sister live in Rockhampton. Does not currently have contact with them.
Lives in a rental share flat with one other woman. Currently receives sole parent benefits
Feels very isolated and insecure. Doubts her ability to be a good mother and has talked about offering the baby for adoption.
General health good
Had appendicectomy at 15 years
No alcohol or illicit drug use.
No drug or other allergies
Attended for first antenatal visit at 16 weeks gestation.
8 antenatal visits in total.
No antenatal complications.
Presented to hospital at 1900hrs on 9th September
1st stage of labour: 16 hrs
Mode of delivery: Emergency Caesarean Section
1st stage of labour: 16 hrs
Mode of delivery: Emergency Caesarean Section.
DOB: 10th September 2009
Weight: 4.4 kgTime: 1120hrs Sex: Male
Apgar Score: 6 at 1 min, 9 at 5 mins
Resusitation: O2 only for few minutes
Maternal post partumhaemorrhage of 800mls
Wound: Clean and dry
Haemoglobin on 12/09/08: 90 g/L
Started on Fefol (Iron supplement) and Vitamin C
Started breast feeding but not confident. Prefers to change to bottle feeding
Not confident in bathing and caring for baby
Baby weight at discharge: 4.1 kg
Community Child Health Service
41 Vulture Street
West End, 4101
Re: Ms Nicole Smith
I am writing to refer this patient, an 18-year-old single mother who delivered a baby boy on the 10/09/09. Nicole had difficulty with vaginal delivery which took 16 hours of labour. Therefore, due to
fetal distress and progress failure an emergency caesarean section was performed.
The baby is progressing quite well with breast feeding and is gaining weight and is currently 4.4kg. Fefol and Vitamin C were prescribed to Nicole as her blood examination revealed low numbers in
her hemoglobin from blood loss.
Nicole has no relatives in Brisbane and no contact with her family or the father of the baby. She lives in a rented flat with one other young woman and is on a single mother’s pension.
My main concern is that she does not believe she has the ability to breastfeed, bathe or care for her baby and is considering adoption. It would be greatly appreciated if you could organize a home visit for Nicole and the baby. Nicole requires appropriate advice and assistance to encourage her to develop parenting skills due to her isolated circumstances.
Thank you for agreeing to assist in this matter. Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Spirit Mother’s Hospital