Mastering IELTS General Writing Task 1

Mastering IELTS General Writing Task 1- Letter Writing 

An IELTS General Training Writing Task 1 is one of the most well-known tests worldwide. This writing test is used to determine your proficiency with the English Language. However, to do well you do not have to have a strong grip on the language itself but with time, practice, and determination it is easy to get a high score. 

Let us look at some helpful tips and tricks that guarantee a 7+ Band score.

What does the IELTS General Writing Task 1 include? 

The IELTS General Writing Task 1 is about letter writing. You will be given a set of circumstances and will be asked to write a response in the form of a formal or an informal letter.  The word limit and time given for this task is 150 words and 20 minutes. Moreover, there will be three bullet points provided in the question which you will have to expand on in the letter. 

Before starting your letter there are a few key points that you should keep in mind: 

  1. Identify the type of letter that you have to write.  
  2. Find out the purpose of your letter 
  3. Read the bullet points. 
  4. Create an outline for your letter: Introduction, Problem, Solution, and Conclusion. 
  5. Appropriate Ending 
  6. Closing Salutation

Identify the type of letter: You can identify if you are required to write a formal or an informal letter depending on what you are asked to do. Such as:

  1. When writing to someone you know, use an informal style 
  2. When writing to someone you don’t know, use a formal style. 

Some examples of a formal letter include: 

  1. Letter of request (e.g. refund, repair, advice, reservation) 
  2. Letter of inquiry (e.g. Information request, booking) 
  3. Letter of recommendation (e.g. job, colleague)
  4. Letter of suggestion (e.g. suggesting ideas, plans, solutions) 

Some examples of an informal letter include:

  1. Letter of request (e.g. asking questions, asking for advice, asking for help) 
  2. Letter of appreciation: (e.g showing gratitude)
  3. Letter of suggestion (e.g suggesting ideas, plans, solutions)

Find out the purpose of your letter: Mention the purpose of your letter in the beginning paragraph. It should be clear and concise and it should be in direct response to the situation mentioned in the question. Some examples include: 

  1. Formal Letter: 

Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing to express my disappointment with a product that I purchased recently and to request a full refund. 

  1. Informal Letter: 

Dear (Name), As you know we will be moving to a new house soon and there are a few things that I won’t be able to take with me so I was wondering if you were interested?

Use the appropriate tone, format, and language: Your tone, format, and language 

will be determined by the type of letter that you are writing. Make sure to use the appropriate words accordingly. 

Formal Words Informal Words 
Request Ask
At your earliest convenience When you are free
Respond Can I tell you 

Read the bullet points: Read the bullet points so that you have a clear idea in your mind. In the next step, you can make a separate paragraph for each bullet point. Some examples of what will be asked in the bullet points include: 

  1. Explanation of the situation 
  2. Description of the situation
  3. Suggestions related to the situation. 

Create an outline for your letter: Format is the most important aspect and it includes:

  1. Appropriate Greeting (This will be according to the type of the letter) 
  2. The main body ( This will include paragraphs for the letter)
  3. A closing ( an appropriate salutation and closing lines) 

Appropriate ending: This will be the last paragraph of your letter so it will ask you to give suggestions, take some actions, or give directions. In the last part of the letter, you should mention what you will do next or what you want the reader to do.

Some examples of a formal letter include: 

  1. Therefore, I would like to suggest
  2. I would appreciate your immediate attention to this matter
  3. I would like you to ensure that 

Examples of an informal letter include: 

  1. Do let me know if 
  2. Make sure that you follow my directions 
  3. Looking forward to our trip. 

Closing Salutation: Closing the letter properly is a crucial aspect of the Writing Task. Some closing salutations for formal letters include: 

  1. Yours faithfully 
  2. Yours Sincerely 

Salutations for Informal Letter includes: 

  1. Warm Regards 
  2. Best Regards

Final Words:

You can ace the IELTS General Writing Task 1 by following all the tips and tricks. Always remember that you can achieve anything with practice and dedication so keep trying and learn from your mistakes. This will make it easy for you to get a high score in the IELTS Writing Task. 

Furthermore, Feel free to contact IELTS by Next at +92 304 111 4212 to get help on the IELTS Writing Part.  Visit our website and take the free writing tests to improve your score. Good Luck with your exam. 

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