如果大學提供了現成的推薦表格，則必須按這類表格認真逐項填寫。推薦表格中一般有學生綜合評估的一項，即要求推薦人說明該生在所教的學生中應列為前5%，10%，或25%等。這種評估是指教授的個人評價，可以稍高一點。另外，推薦表格上常有許多難以填寫的項目，遇到這種情形可填"I don't know"，亦不致對該生的評價有何嚴重影響。
推薦信尾必須有推薦人的親筆簽名，最好直接由推薦人寄給學校招生辦官員或申請就讀學校的系主任。如果由被推薦人寄送，可將推薦信裝入信封內封好后由推薦人在信封口處親筆簽名以示保密。信封正面注明"A Letter Of Recommendation"，表明這是一封推薦信。
At the request of Mr. Xizhen Chen, my former student in the Department of Computer Science, Beijing Univ. of Sciences, I am glad to write this letter furnishing my evaluation of his academic aptitude for your reference. Mr. Chen is interested in your graduate program in Computer Science.
I came to know him in September 1987 when Mr. Chen enrolled in my class on FORTRAN IV Programming, a three semesters' course. In the class he was one of the most outstanding students. At the semester final he earned a high grade of 81, which should be "A" according to our grading system. I also found him good at other studies.
After the class, he had personal talks with me several times. He indicated a great interest in computer hardware, In my opinion, Mr. Chen has a potential in Computer Science, which can be further developed.
In view of his previous achievements in this College, I am firmly convinced that Mr. Chen will make a successful graduate student. Your favorable consideration of his admission will be highly appreciated.
It gives me a great pleasure to recommend Mr. Cheng as a transfer to the School of Business Administration of your University in the summer quarter of 1989.
During academic year 1980-1984, he was a student in our Department, World College of Journalism. I found him very diligent and intelligent. In front of numerous theories, Mr. Cheng represented good comprehension ability by understanding obscure concepts after my instruction, even inferring from them. Through his analysis of data, I saw his devotion to the teamwork and his great potential in this field, although analyzing large numbers of financial data was challenging. He often participated in extracurricular activities contributing a great deal to community affairs.
Though Mr. Cheng graduated from this college 5 years ago, he keeps, contact with me very often. Worthy of mention also is his personality, honest, reliable, responsible and mature.
I strongly recommend this promising young man and your favorable consideration and assistance to him will be very much appreciated.
I am pleased to write this letter for my former student Miss Nan Li, who graduated from this College with an L.B. degree in June 1978.
Miss Li was admitted to the Department of Law of this College in 1974 through highly competitive entrance examination which is conducted annually and is open to the whole nation. Even in such a selective group. Miss Li made herself distinguished. As professor and dean of the College, I have access to her records of academic work and moral conduct, In her fourth year study, I instructed her in Anglo-American Laws on Trespass. So I have known her quite well.
Miss Li's performance, like that in many other courses she taken, was excellent with a superior grade of 86 for the first semester, and 84 for the second semester. In our university and in other university here, 80 is considered "A" , the highest level.
As far as I know, Miss Li wishes to continue her study in Law for an advanced degree. I am sure she has had sufficient prerequisite knowledge for the subject and certainly has the ability to undertake the study.
I recommend Miss Li without reservation and shall appreciate your favorable consideration of her application.