For the PET Writing Exam, question 6 requires the student to write a short note or e-mail, containing between 35 and 45 words.
Because this document is required to be very short, the normal elements of letter writing, such as social comments, are not needed.
It is necessary to be direct and precise and discuss only what is asked for.
There are about 14 different kinds of such notes, and each one requires a specific kind of sentence.
We will look at them all here.
1 THANK your friend for his present.
'Thank you very much for the present you sent me. It was really beautiful.'
2 APOLOGISE for not going to your friend's party.
'I'm really sorry I couldn't come to your party. I hope you had fun.'
3 You have been invited to a party and you REGRET you can't go.
'Thank you for inviting me but I regret I can't come becuase I have an exam the next day.'
4 REMIND your friend to bring your book to school.
'Don't forget to bring my book to school. I will need it at the weekend.'
5 EXPLAIN why you can't go to your friend's party.
'I can't come to your party because I have an exam the next day and I have to revise.'
6 Your friend just passed her test. CONGRATULATE her.
'I'm so happy you passed your test. Congratulations. Well done.'
7 You recently got a present you like very much. DESCRIBE it to your friend.
'I got a really beautiful scarf made of silk for my birthday. It has many soft colours and is very soft.'
8 TELL your friend what you plan to do next weekend.
'I am going to play tennis next weekend with some friends.'
9 You couldn't go to your friend's party. SUGGEST doing something together.
'I'm sorry I couldn't come to your party. How about playing tennis next weekend.'
10 ASK your friend how her exam went.
'How did your exam go. Do you think you passed?'
11 INVITE your friend to your party next weekend.
'Would you like to come to my party next week. I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun.'
12 You accidently broke your friends camera. OFFER to replace it.
'I'm really sorry I broke your camera. I would like to buy you another one.'
13 ARRANGE to meet your friend this evening.
'We could meet at McDonalds at 7.oo this evening if you like.'
14 You have been invited to go rock climbing. REFUSE the invitation.
'Thank you for your invitation but I will not be able to come with you. I am frightened of heights.'
In a typical exam question, the student is asked to talk about three of the points given above.
Such a question is best answered by choosing the right sentence for each point you are asked to discuss.
Lets look at an example:
The first point requires you to apologise for not being able to go to the concert:
From the list above,
'Thank you for inviting me but I'm sorry I can't come with you.'
You then need to explain why you can't go:
'Thank you for inviting me but I'm sorry I can't come with you, because I have an important exam tomorrow.'
You then need to suggest something you can do together the following weekend:
From the list above,
'We could meet next weekend and go to the cinema, if you like.'
These are then put together to give the finished model answer:
Thank you for inviting me but I'm sorry I cannot come with you, because I have an important exam the next day.
We could meet next weekend and go to the cinema, if you like.