Writing Sample

OET Writing Sample

May 24 2022


A variation of the official sample of an OET writing task that could be rated Grade A in the Writing Section of the OET.

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OET Writing Sample Question


Assume that today's date is 18 May 2022
You are a practitioner examining a 45-year old female patient, Ms Jamie Joyce.


Name:    Jamie Joyce (Ms)
DOB:       19 Sep 1977

Height: 163cm Weight: 75kg BMI: 28.2 (overweight 18/6/18)

Social History:
Teacher (Secondary – History, English)
Divorced, 2 children at home (born 2008, 2010)
Non-smoker (since children born)
Social drinker – mainly spirits

Substance Intake: Nil

Allergies: Codeine; dust mites; sulphur dioxide

Family history:
Mother – hypertension; asthmatic;
Father – peptic ulcer
Maternal grandmother – died heart attack, aged 80
Maternal grandfather – died asthma attack
Paternal grandmother – unknown
Paternal grandfather – died ‘old age’ 94

Previous medical history:

Childhood asthma; chickenpox; measles
1985 tonsillectomy
1992 hepatitis A (whole family infected)
1994 sebaceous cyst removed
1997 whiplash injury
2008 depression (separation from husband); SSRI – fluoxetine 11 mths
2010 overweight – sought weight reduction
2012 URTI (Upper Respiratory Tract Infection)
2014 dyspepsia
2016 dermatitis; prescribed oral & topical corticosteroids

18 May 2022   
Presenting complaint: dysphagia (solids), onset 2 weeks ago post-viral (?) URTI
URTI self-medicated with OTC (over-the-counter) Chinese herbal product - contents unknown
No relapse/remittent course
No sensation of lump No obvious anxiety
Concomitant epigastric pain radiating to back, level T12 Weight loss: 1-2kg
Recent increase in coffee consumption
Takes aspirin occasionally (2-3 times/month); no other NSAIDs

Provisional diagnosis: gastro-oesophageal reflux +/- stricture

Refer gastroenterologist for opinion and endoscopy if required
Ôcoffee/alcohol intake
Cease OTC product
Pantoprazole 40mg daily

Writing Task:

Using the information in the case notes, write a letter of referral for further investigation and definitive diagnosis to the gastroenterologist, Dr Thor Odinson, at Saragasso Hospital, 007 The One Street, Saragasso.

In your answer:
●    Expand the relevant notes into complete sentences
●    Do not use note form
●    Use letter format
The body of the letter should be approximately 180–200 words.


Dr Thor Odinson
Saragasso Hospital
007 The One Street

18 May 2022

Dear Dr Odinson,

Re: Ms Jamie Joyce, DOB 19.9.1977

Thank you for seeing Ms Joyce, a 45-year-old secondary school teacher, who presented today with a two-week history of gastro-oesophageal reflux with possible stricture. I am referring Ms Joyce to you for further investigation and an endoscopy if required.

Ms Joyce’s symptoms follow a constant course and include dysphagia for solids, epigastric pain radiating posteriorly to T12 level, and concomitant 1-2kg weight loss. The problem commenced after an upper respiratory tract infection two weeks ago for which she self- prescribed an over-the-counter Chinese herbal product with unknown ingredients. There are no apparent signs of anxiety, and no sensation of a lump.

Ms Joyce has recently increased her coffee consumption and takes aspirin 2-3 times a month. She has a history of dyspepsia (2014), and dermatitis for which she was prescribed oral and topical cortisone. She ceased smoking 15 years ago. She drinks socially (mainly spirits), has a family history of peptic ulcer disease and is allergic to codeine. Her BMI is currently 28.2.

I have recommended that Ms Joyce reduces her coffee and alcohol intake and immediately stops taking the over-the-counter product. In addition, I have prescribed Pantoprazole 40mg daily.

I would be grateful if you could provide Ms Joyce with a definitive diagnosis. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,
Dr.Dougie Houser



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