IELTS General Writing Task 1: Letter Writing
In IELTS General Writing Task 1, you are given a task to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation in the form of a formal, semi-formal or informal letter of at least 150 words.
Here is an example how the task prompt looks like:
WRITING TASK 1 (General)
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You have had a problem with your next-door neighbour. You have not been able to speak to your neighbour about this. Write a letter to this neighbour. In your letter:
- Explain the problem
- Suggest a solution
- Say what action you will take if the situation does not improve
Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write any addresses.
Begin as follows:
Dear ... ,
How to write an IELTS letter?
You must start with spending some time reading the instructions. You should spend at least 2 minutes planning your letter:
- Read the instructions thoroughly
- Identify appropriate style (formal, semi-formal or personal)
- Brainstorm, make up your story, write down the main keywords and make sure you cover all the points
- Decide how to open the letter
- Organise your letter into paragraphs
- Use cohesive devices to link your ideas
Once you have quickly sketched a story in your head and also made supporting notes, it becomes easier to write exactly in response to the writing prompt and ensure that you fully follow the instructions.
- Make sure you use all three points to structure your letter
- You must use appropriate style and letter type
- Focus on one idea per each bullet point
- Write at least 150 words
Your writing will be evaluated against IELTS band descriptors.
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IELTS letter topics
Instead of providing hundreds of letter topics, we have categorised the IELTS letters based on the purpose of writing and created separate pages for each of them that you can find down below.
It is a lot easier to concentrate on different IELTS letters (such as complaint letter, request letter and so on) one by one as the structure, style, openings and closings vary.
So, depending on what you are asked to write, you can use any relevant IELTS letter page accordingly and IELTS GT Writing Task 1 letters will become much easier to write.
However, in case you don't know what the differences are between formal, semi-formal and informal letters, we suggest you start reading about different types of letters first.