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Writing Overview

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How does the Writing sub-test work?

The writing sub-test requires you to write a letter, and it will take about 45 minutes in total. It is important to note that the instructions for this task will be different for every profession. For example, if you are a nurse you may be asked to write a referral letter, and if you are a doctor you may be asked to write a discharge letter.

You will be given 5 minutes to read the material given to you. This material will likely be case notes or something similar. You may study the material but you may not underline or make notes on it. In addition, you cannot start writing until the 5 minutes have passed.

Next, you will be given 40 minutes to write your letter. In your letter, you must include the most important information from the case-notes you were given in order to give the reader a clear idea of what needs to be done.

Below is an example of some case notes a nurse might be given, and it shows you what type of information is included in the writing sub-test. For more tips and strategies on this sub-test, click here.

*Please note: This practice example is specifically for nurses*

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