Lesson 1 of 16
Parts of the OET Letter
A typical OET letter has the following parts:
- Date (of writing the letter)
- Address (of the recipient, not yours)
- Salutation (Dear Sir, Madam, Doctor, Nurse) + a comma
- Re: or Ref: or Subject (Subject is less common, used for information letters)
- Sentence 1 – Mr Parker (Patient) requires urgent admission for assessment (Purpose) of his recurrent palpitation (Condition). He is being transferred.
- Sentence 2 – Admission
- Sentence 3 – Treatment, etc., progress
- Sentence 4 – Past history
- Sentence 5 – Social history
- Sentence 6 – Request (Expand the purpose in different words)
- Sentence 7 – Encourage the recipient to contact you for further information.
- Ending with, “Yours sincerely” or “Yours faithfully,”
- Close with your name. Designation.
However, you needn’t to stick to this flow and format completely. Some letters may have a slightly different pattern.
I hope you have learnt about the parts of an OET letter with the help of a few samples. Now, it is time to know the types of Letters which may appear in the exam.