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Sample IELTS letters

Understanding IELTS letter questions

IELTS letter questions  have their own marking scheme and there are 3 main points you must include in your answer for task response:




This lesson explains how to identify these

Understanding IELTS letter questions

Informal letter questions

A holiday competition – invitation letter

You won a competition and received a vacation for two as a prize. Write a letter to ask them to go on holiday with you. In the letter, you should:

tell him/her about the competition you won,

state what kind of vacation it is,

explain why you would like him/her to go on holiday with you

Sample letter and lesson with advice on 6 different ways to make your letters more informal

Cancelling an arrangement – apology letter

You arranged to visit a friend in England but an important event at home now means that you must change the dates of the visit. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter

Explain the important event

Apologise for the situation

Suggest a new arrangement

Sample letter with advice for band score 8.0 candidates on how to improve their score

Cancelling a visit to a friend – apology letter 

A friend who lives in another country has invited to you come and stay with him/her on your next holiday. You are too busy to accept the invitation.Write a letter to your friend. In your letter

Thank him/her for the invitation

Explain why you cannot come

Give him/her your other news

Sample letter with extended lesson on how to make a letter informal

Describing a national dish – advice letter

Your friend is an expert in international food and is going to publish a book soon.Write a letter to him describing a special dish from your country. In your letter you should

describe a special dish from your country

explain what season people prefer to eat it in

say why your friend should include this dish in his book

sample letter with helpful topic vocabulary and letter writing phrases

More formal letters

Employee of the year

Every year, someone in the company where you work is chosen as best employee. Your manager has asked staff members to make suggestions about who should be chosen this year.

Write a letter to your manager. In it you should

Identify a colleague who you think should be best employee
Explain what the job of this colleague involve.
Give reasons why the colleague should be chosen as best employee.

Lesson with ideas on how to make your letter more formal

A new airport – letter to newspaper

A new airport is going to be constructed near your town and you are unhappy about this.

Write a letter to your local newspaper and say

how you heard about the airport
how it is going to be a problem
what should be done

Model IELTS letter with both a more formal and a less formal version 

Changing your course – request letter

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

Sample IELTS letter and lesson with help with vocabulary and ideas and advice on how to structure the letter

Rented accommodation – apology letter

You are staying in rented accommodation. You recently held a party to celebrate your birthday. Several neighbours have complained about the noise to your landlord. Write a letter to your landlord. In your letter:

apologise for the disturbance

explain the situation

say how you will remedy the situation

sample letter with lesson explaining how to write it

A faulty mobile phone – complaint letter

You have just bought a new mobile phone from a website on the internet. When it was delivered, the phone was faulty. Write a letter to the website. In the letter:

introduce yourself

explain the situation

state what action you want to be taken

Lesson with sample letter to download

Part-time employment – application letter

You are looking for part-time employment. Write a letter to an employment agency. In your letter

introduce yourself

explain what type of work you are looking for

say what experience and skills you have

Sample letter and lesson to help you write it

One Response to Sample IELTS letters

  1. Bakhyt November 2, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

    It is great to have samples of every type of the Writing module letter. Quite simple and useful.
    Thank you very much!

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