What do you have to write in PET Writing Parts 2 and 3?... A very short note and a letter.

Preliminary English Test Writing Part 2 & 3

A Short note and a Letter

by Bob Wilson at autoenglish.org



  PET Writing Part 2
  PET Writing Part 3
  PET Writing Part 2

Writing Part 2 is worth 5% of your total PET mark
You have around 10 minutes to complete Part 2.
You have to write a VERY short note, only 35 - 45 words. You LOSE marks for writing more.
You DON'T lose marks for small spelling and grammar errors :)
You MUST include ALL three points in the question
Use the question as your PLAN. Write 10 words for each bullet point.
Check out the model answer below. "Guess what?" is often a great way to start because notes are normally written in an informal style.
Practise answering these questions.

1. You recently did a homework project about life in France and your French friend Pierre helped you by sending you some information.

 Write an email to Pierre. In you email, you should

 l thank him for his help

 l explain which information was most useful to you

 l say what your teacher thought about your project.

Write 35 - 45 words on your answer sheet.


2. You have just bought some new shoes.

 Write an email to your friend Jane. In your email, you should

 l tell Jane what shoes you have bought

 l say where you bought the shoes from

 l explain why you needed to buy them.

 Write 35 - 45 words on your answer sheet.

3. You are going to be absent from your next maths class.

 Write a note to your maths teacher. In your note, you should

 l explain why you are going to be absent

 l apologise to your teacher

 l ask your teacher for information about next week's class.

 Write 35 - 45 words on your answer sheet.

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PET Writing Part 3
Writing Part 3 is worth 15% of your total PET mark. This is a lot!
You have 20 - 25 minutes to complete Part 3.
You have a choice between a letter to a friend or a story of about 100 words. 100 words means THREE paragraphs. Bob Wilson advises you to do the letter. It is quite easy to get good marks for a letter and it is very difficult to get good marks for a story. Why? Letters have a format which is easy to memorize. On the other hand, stories are attractive because you can be creative. However, creativity in English needs complicated grammar. My advice is to do the letter.
You are marked on four things:-
ANSWERING THE QUESTION Have you fully answered the question?
REGISTER Choose an informal style for writing to a friend and be more formal if you don't know the person.
COHERENCE AND COHESION Do a plan BEFORE you start writing and organise your ideas into three paragraphs. Join your ideas using linking words.
online linkers exercise 1 2 printable linkers exercise

VOCABULARY AND GRAMMAR Take key words from the question; keep your sentences simple and reread your answer to eliminate silly mistakes.

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