IELTS Writing Task 1

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IELTS TASK 1 SAMPLE ANSWERS DR VISHAL GOYAL

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1. Your child is going on a three day school trip to another country. The head teacher wants to find parents to go with the group and you would like to go. Write a letter to the head teacher. In your letter:

Say why you would like to go on the trip

Suggest what you could do to help during the trip

Ask other questions about the trip (2 Answers)




2. Your friend had made a plan for you to see a movie together but you cannot join him/her. You’ve found another friend who can go instead of you.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

Explain why you cannot go anymore

Say who can go instead of you

Say why this person is a good person to go with (3 Answers)



3. A local college is having an international day. You want to speak about your country to students from different cultures. Write a letter to the college head. In your letter:

Tell him/her about the topics that you are going to talk about

Explain why would they be of interest to the students

Ask about any arrangements that you need to make to give the talk (3 Answers)



4. You recently read an article in a newspaper about your childhood friend with whom you have lost contact for a long time.

Write a letter to the editor. In your letter:

Say which edition and when did the article appear

Explain why you lost contact with your friend

Say how you want them to help you to get back in touch (5 Answers)



Write a letter to the manager of the hotel.

In your letter,

say where you think you left the papers

explain why they are so important

tell the manager what you want him/her to do (7 Answers)



6. Your office building doesn’t have parking facility.

Write a letter to the manager. In your letter:

Explain the problem

Suggest a solution

Say why parking will benefit all employees (4 Answers)



7. There is a problem with the changing rooms in the sports centre that you visit. You have complained several times but with no success.

Write a letter to the manager of the sports centre. In your letter:

Describe what the problem with the changing rooms is

Say what happened the last times you complained

Explain what you want the manager to do (3 Answers)



8. Your child is going away on a school trip for three days to another country. The head teacher wants some parents to join the trip and you would like to go.

Write a letter to the head teacher. In your letter:

Say why you would like to go

Suggest what you could do to help during the trip

Ask some more questions about the trip (2 Answers)



9. You have missed some important papers accidentally in a taxi.

Write a letter to the manager of the Taxi company. In your letter:

⦁ Give the details of your journey

⦁ Explain why those papers are important for you

⦁ Suggest what can the manager do (4 Answers)



Say what he should do if there is any problems (1 Answer)



Write a letter to the manager of the conference centre.. In your letter:

⦁ Give details about the course

⦁ Describe what equipment you will need for the course

⦁ Ask some further questions about the facilities at the conference centre (1 Answer)



12. You recently went to a public event (for example an exhibition, festival, or show) that you think your friend would enjoy. Write a letter to a friend. In your letter

tell your friend what the event was

explain why you think your friend would like the event

invite them to come to the event with you






remind your colleagues what the special occasion you were celebrating was

thank them for the card and gift

explain why you like the gift and how you will use it (1 Answer)









20. You currently work full-time in a company but would like to change to working part-time. Write a letter to your manager. In your letter,



• say which course you are taking

• explain what the problem is with the course

• suggest what the manager should do to improve the course (1 Answer)










25. You recently stayed in a hotel and left an item in the room.

Write a letter to the manager of the hotel. In your letter-





Give details of your booking

Explain what changes you need to make and why


27. You have seen an advertisement in a newspaper for a job in the city post office during your holidays. You decide to apply for the job.

Write a letter to the director of the post office.



28. You saw an advert in the newspaper asking for volunteers to help run a charity event. Write a letter of application to the organisers. In your letter:

Explain why you are interest in helping

Give details suitable past experience

Suggest ways you might help with the event (1 Answer)






29. A museum near your home is looking for people to do part-time voluntary/unpaid work. You would like to do some voluntary/unpaid work at the museum. Write a letter to the museum director to apply for the unpaid work. In your letter:\

Explain why you want to do voluntary work at the museum.

Describe some skills and qualities you have that would be useful.

Give details of when you would be available for work.



30. You have started to work in a new company.

Write a letter to an English-speaking friend. In your letter:

explain why you changed jobs

describe your new job

tell him/her your other news




31. Write a letter to a manufacturer to ask them to arrange production of a new item for you. Please say

What item do you need?

Why do you need it?




32. You are looking for a part-time job.

Write a letter to an employment agency. In your letter,

introduce yourself

explain what sort of job you would like

and say what experience and skills you have





33. You work for a company. You have seen some information online about a training course that would be useful for your work.

Write a letter to your manager. In your letter

give details of the course

say how the course would be useful

explain how the company could help you do this course.



34. A friend from another country is moving to your city for work. He / she has asked you for advice about living in your city.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter

suggest an interesting part of the city to live in

describe the public transport in your city

say how your friend can meet new people there





35. You have heard that a developer plans to build a shopping centre near your home.

Write a letter to the council. In your letter

say how you heard about the plan

explain how you feel about it

ask for more information about it




36. You recently bought a camera while travelling overseas. When you got to your destination you discovered that some important items were missing from the box.

Write a letter to the local representative of the company. In your letter

give details of the camera and where you bought it

explain what has happened

say what you want him/her to do about it




37. You are currently taking a course at a college but you will need to have a week off during this course.

Write a letter to the college Principal. In the letter

give details of your course

explain why you need a week off

say what you want the Principal to do.






38. You are a student at a language school in New Zealand studying Business English. Part of the course is a summer work placement programme. Unfortunately, you have just learnt from the school that this programme has now been cancelled.

Write a letter to the School Principal. In your letter:

state your reason for writing

describe the problem and your concerns

explain what you would like the Principal to do.






39. You are not happy with the course you are doing at college and would like to change to a different course. Write a letter to the college director requesting to change your course. You should include details about:

what course are you doing now

why you are not satisfied with that course

what course would you like to change to






40. You are going away to travel for the summer. A friend will be looking after your house while you are away. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

say where you are going

describe your house

explain some of the things your friend must do to look after your house.





41.You live in a block of flats, your neighbor makes a lot of noise which has caused problems for you. Write a letter to your landlord.In your letter, you should:

• explain the situation

• tell him/her how you are affected by this

• suggest what you want the landlord to do.





42. You and your family are planning to spend a weekend at a seaside hotel.

Write a letter to the hotel making the arrangements. Let them know when you will be arriving and leaving, what type of rooms you would like, and ask them how much the weekend will cost.

Also enquire about activities and places of interest near the hotel.





43. You are going on a short course to a training college abroad. It is a college that you have not been to before.

Write a letter to the accommodation officer. In your letter,

give details of your course and your arrival/departure date

explain your accommodation needs

ask for information about getting to and from the college





44. You are a student at an English language school in Brighton and are living in private accommodation with other flat mates. You have not had hot water or heating for some time. The landlord’s workmen have tried to fix the problem but without success.

Write a letter to the landlord. In your letter,

state your reason for writing

describe the problems and explain how you feel

propose a solution and risk the landlord to take action



45. You are due to move into a rented apartment next month but you will not be able to because you have some problems.

Write a letter to the course provider. In your letter,

explain your situation

describe your problems

tell him/her when you think you can move in



46. You are looking for a part-time job at a football club.

Write a letter to the manager of the football club. In your letter,

introduce yourself

explain what experience and special skills you have

tell him/her when you think you could start



47. You have seen an advertisement in an English newspaper for a job working in the City Museum shop during the holidays. You decide to apply for the job.

Write a letter to the director of the Museum. In your letter,

introduce yourself

explain what experience and special skills you have

explain why you are interested in the job





48. You are studying a short course in another country. Your accommodation was arranged by the course provider. There is a major problem with the accommodation.

Write a letter to the course provider. In your letter,

say what the problem is

describe the accommodation you thought you were getting

ask the provider to solve the problem





49. You are going to another country to study. You would like to do a part-time job while you are studying, so you want to ask a friend who lives there for some help.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter,

give details of your study plans

explain why you want to get a part-time job

suggest how your friend could help you find a job





50. You play a team sport with some friends. Last week a member of the team had an accident and wasn't able to play with you at the weekend. You decide to write to him in hospital, telling him about the match.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter,

tell him which team won

describe the conditions on the day

say how you felt about the match