IELTS Letter Writing | General Training IELTS Task 1

IELTS General Writing Task 1 Letter

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have borrowed something from your friend for a party, but it was damaged during the party. Write a letter to your friend and say:
  • What was it?
  • How was it damaged?
  • What will you do about it?

Write at least 150 words. [sample answer]

Hi Paulo,

How are you? I hope you are well. I would like to thank you agin for lending me your hammock for our beach party last weekend. It was a great a party and it's a shame you couldn't make it.

Unfortunately, I have some bad news for you. Some of the guests got a little crazy and they managed to ruin the hammock, I think there were several of them trying to use it at the same time. Obviously they were too heavy for it and it ripped in the middle, so it's pretty useless now. I can't believe how stupid they were.

I'm going to buy you a new one to repace it, so give me a couple of days to try and find a similar one and I'll bring it round to you, okay.

Sorry again, but you know how parties turn out sometimes when things get out of hand.

See you soon,


IELTS General Writing Task 1 Letter

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Someone in your company is organizing a trip abroad for language learning training. Write a letter to him/her and say why he/she should choose you for this trip, as there is limited number of places available.You should say:
  • Describe who you are.
  • Why do you think this trip is good for you?
  • How can it help the company?

Write at least 150 words. [sample answer]
Dear Jonothan,
You probably don’t remember me, but we met once at a meeting last year. My name is Javier Salazar and I work in the IT department of our company.

I understand you are organising a trip to London for some of the staff and I would really like to go so I can practice my English. I have been studying English in classes here in the company, but I would love the opportunity to really practice in an English speaking country. We also have some international clients we deal with in IT so it would be a good thing for the company as well if I could improve my fluency and understanding when dealing with native English speakers.

I hope you can reserve me a place in the group. Please let me know ASAP and if it’s possible all the details of the trip so I can plan.

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.



IELTS General Writing Task 1 Letter

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You’ve recently found an object and you think that it might be of some historical value. Write a letter to the director of the museum asking for some information on the object.
  • Give a description of that object.
  • Tell them where you found it.
  • Ask for information you are seeking.

Write at least 150 words. [sample answer]
Dear Sir,

I recently found an interesting object while I was walking in the Gratham Moor area. It appears to be some kind of utensil or maybe a tool, but it looks very old. I understand that particular area has some significant historic value and was wondering if you, or someone else at the museum might be able to help me in discovering if the object is indeed from the ancient ruins of the village which founded the area many years ago.

The object is about 40cm in length, narrow, but with one end bigger than the other, it looks like it might have been some kind of spoon or tool for mixing, maybe. Oh, and it appears to be made of some hard kind of material, it isn’t wood or metal.

Would it be possible for me to bring the object to the museum and let you examine it in further detail?

Thank you for your time, I look forward to your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Mauricio Fabanelle

IELTS General Writing Task 1 Letter

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have applied for a position in an international organization and you need to provide a reference letter. Write a letter to your former teacher asking him/her to write it for you.
  • Give your full details.
  • Describe the job that you are going to do there.
  • Say why it is important to you.

Write at least 150 words. [sample answer]
Dear Mr Petry,

My name is Johanna Bertollini, I was a student in your graduate economics class in 2012. Maybe you remember me? I worked on the same project as Mitzi and Francine in the last semester.

I recently applied for a full time position and I’m writing to ask you for a reference for the job which I’ve applied for. It’s with Global Enterprises, an international company. The position is for a financial researcher and fact checker which I think is quite interesting and will help me develop my research skills further.

I would really love to get this job because it is a great opportunity in a really good company and they have office overseas as well and there is the possibility of working on projects with staff from other countries around the world. This is something which has always interested me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks for your help in this matter


Johanna Bertollini

IELTS General Writing Task 1 Letter

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Your friend recently had a new baby born and you have bought him/her a present. Write a letter and say:
  • What is the present?
  • Why did you choose it?
  • Arrange a visit to give them the present and see the baby.

Write at least 150 words. [sample answer]
Hi Stephanie,

How are you? How’s the baby? Are you getting any sleep?

I know we haven’t seen each other for a long time but I’ve managed to organize some free time next week. I’d like to travel to see you and Ben and little Jasmine and spend some time with you. Would it be possible to stay overnight with you? If it would be awkward, I understand, and I can always book a hotel nearby.

I found this lovely baby blanket the other day and I just couldn’t resist it, it’s beautiful. I hope you like it, I think you will. It’s made of the softest material and I almost wanted to sleep in it myself it was so soothing. It’s amazing!

I remembered you telling me about the blanket you had when you were a little baby and that’s why I thought it would be the perfect gift for little Jasmine.

Please write soon,

All the best


IELTS General Writing Task 1 Letter

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You friend has an idea for a start up business. Write a letter to him/her to say that you are interested to become a partner. Include in your letter:
  • What do you think about the idea?
  • Why do you want to be part of this business?
  • Give some suggestions.

Write at least 150 words. [sample answer]
Hi Melanie,

I hope you’re well and keeping busy. I’ve been thinking about what you told me the other day about your idea for starting a graphic design business. The more I think about it the better it sounds.

In fact, i like the idea so much I’d like to suggest that we do it together.
We could share the work and as you know I have a lot of experience in marketing and business administration so I could concentrate on organising the website and social media campaigns and take care of client accounts and all the administration requirements while you focus on the design side of the business.

I think together we’d make a great team. What do you think? If you like the idea we should meet up and discuss it in more detail ... you know, make a plan and get things started.

Write me soon and let me know what you think

All the best


IELTS General Writing Task 1 Letter

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Write a letter to the cinema manager to inform him/her that you have lost your bag in the cinema. In your letter you should:
  • Tell exactly what happened and when.
  • Explain where you think you left the bag.
  • Ask the manager to help find your bag.

Write at least 150 words. [sample answer]
Dear Sir/Madam

Last night my friend and I attended the late show of Homefront, the Jason Statham movie, in auditorium number 4 at the cinema complex. Unfortunately, I think I left my bag behind when I left.

I placed it on the floor, under the seat, during the movie and forgot to pick it up before leaving.

I wonder if you could tell me if any of your staff or anyone else has handed it in. I tried ringing the reception of the cinema but they couldn’t help me, they didn’t know anything about it and they suggested I should contact you, so I am writing to see if you could help locate my bag so that I may collect it from you.

Let me describe it for you: it’s black, made of leather and has two pockets or pouches on the outside. The maker is Diesel and it looks like a small backpack.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter, and I look forward to your reply.

Yours faithfully

Alicia Bogona