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IELTS General Writing Task 1: Request Letter

IELTS Request Letter is a formal or semi-formal type of letter where you request some information.

Here is an example how the task may look like:

WRITING TASK 1 (General)

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have just started a course in a college which has no sports facilities of its own.

Write a letter to the manager of the nearest private sports club. In your letter

  • introduce yourself
  • say why you are interested in this sports club
  • ask some questions about the club e.g. facilities, members, costs

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam,

Note! You will find the IELTS Request Letter Sample with grammar corrections and estimated band score down below.

Note that in some cases this letter may be informal as well. For instance, if you have to write a letter to your friend to request information about something. If that is the case, use informal letter style along with request letter structure and phrases to compose the letter.

IELTS Request Letter Structure & Vocabulary

We have prepared a list of common phrases for you that you can use in your IELTS Request Letter to structure the letter and ensure you use the right tone.

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REQUEST LETTER

  • 1
    Dear Sir/Madam, (or name if given)
  • 2
    The purpose of the letter: explanation, reason for writing (1-2 sentences what kind of information you are interested in)
  • 3
    Explanation in more detail: who you are, exactly what information you need, why, when and in what form you need it (letter, fax, email)
  • 4
    Formal ending, name, signature
  1. Dear Sir/Madam, (or name if given)
  2. The purpose of the letter: explanation, reason for writing (1-2 sentences what kind of information you are interested in)
    • I am writing to ask for information about membership in the Snap Fitness Sports club
    • I am writing to ask for complete itinerary of a trip to Africa that I booked with your company
    • I am writing in response to ... / I was interested in your advertisement in ...
    • I am writing to inquire about ...
  3. Explanation in more detail: who you are, exactly what information you need, why, when and in what form you need it (letter, fax, email)
    • Who am I?
    • I have read your advertisement of the … and would like to get more information
    • What information do I request?
    • The information I would like to obtain should include following:
    • Firstly, I would like to know ...
    • I would be grateful whether you could tell me what the price is.
    • I wonder if I need insurance / I wonder if you could ...
    • I would be interested to know if I will get a certificate
    • I would like to know more about ... / I would be grateful if you could ...
    • I wonder if you could possibly tell/send me …
    • Could you possibly send … / May I request …?
    • Could you please send me further details …?
    • Why? When?
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    • I would appreciate (it) if you could inform me as soon as possible
    • I would like to receive it as soon as possible but not later than a week before flight
    • In what form?
    • You could send the above-mentioned information to my e-mail or a fax
    • It would be of great help if you could fax me the details
    • You can contact me on my mobile phone number which is: 0454 ...
  4. Formal ending, name, signature
    • I look forward to hearing from you!
    • I look forward to receiving a prompt reply!
    • Yours sincerely, ... (you know the name of person you are writing to)
    • Yours faithfully, ... (you don't know the name!)

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Useful phrases

  • First of all, I would like to know
  • I would be grateful if you could inform me ...
  • I would appreciate if ... / I would also like to know whether ...
  • I would be interested in knowing ...
  • I would be very grateful if you would/could reply as soon as possible
  • Thank you in advance for your assistance!
  • I look forward to your reply at your earliest convenience
  • The trip I refer to starts on January 12, 2019

IELTS Request Letter Sample (Corrected)

You have just started a course in a college which has no sports facilities of its own. Write a letter to the manager of the nearest private sports club. In your letter

  • introduce yourself
  • say why you are interested in this sports club
  • ask some questions about the club e.g. facilities, members, costs

Begin as follows: Dear Sir or Madam,

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to inquire about the Snap Fitness sports club.

My name is John SmithI am thea first year student at Western College. I wasI have just announceddiscovered that my college does not provide any sports facilities as of yet. However, I found Snap Fitness to be the nearest sports club and thoughtwould like to request formore information about it.

Firstly, I amwondering if you could possibly give me a small overview of the available facilities. It would be interesting to know whether the club offers some sports classes and personal trainings etc sessions.

Secondly, I would be interested to know how big isthe gym area is and what types of equipment are available.

Lastly, I amwondering what kind of membership programmethe club offers. Do you have monthly (or weekly) based tickets available or do I need to sign a binding contractup for a longer period?

I would appreciate it if you could send (me) the details to my email.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Yours faithfully,

Jack Smith

(167 words)

6.5

Band Score Estimate
(prior to corrections)

Brief comments:

You don't need to introduce yourself by name; what they want is for you to say who you are in relation to the sports club.

  • 'I was just announced' It was announced
  • 'just' is usually used only with the present perfect tense: 'I have just discovered'
  • 'think to + verb' is a very rare construction in English
  • a few grammar inaccuracies that don't affect comprehension
  • very clearly organised, fully answered and appropriate
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