The IELTS general writing task 1 is a letter. You have to write a letter to someone whom you may or may not know. You should write a minimum of 150 words to achieve a high score.
You have to follow the below points to achieve a high band in the IELTS general writing task 1:
The first thing to do when writing an IELTS letter is to determine the letter type.
There are two possible types of IELTS letters in this task, one formal and one informal. The tone you should use in your writing will depend on the letter type.
Now, let’s move on and find out how to understand which type of letter it is and how to write the letter.
When you need to write to someone whom you don’t know or know but you are in a professional relationship, it is a formal letter. For example, if you are given to write a letter to your local council or make an insurance claim, it is a formal letter because you don’t know the recipient personally.
Another example is when you need to request vacation from your manager. This is a formal letter because you are in a professional relationship with your manager. You are not friends. In the formal letter, you have to use a formal tone.
When you need to write to someone you know personally, and you are in a personal relationship, it is an informal letter. For example, if you have to write to your friend and ask him to come and stay with you over the weekend, this is an informal letter. He is your friend, so you should use informal language.
Every letter must have an opening and closing section. You need to use an appropriate opener and closer based on the person you are writing to. For example:
Now, we will learn how to structure the letter to achieve the best possible score. If you want to learn more about how the IELTS writing task is assessed, please check out this link.
Take a look at the above IELTS letter. Each IELTS letter has a topic question and bullet points. You should be able to understand the letter type by the topic question. In this case, it is an informal letter because you have to write to a friend.
We recommend that you write five paragraphs:
We recommend that you spend 20 minutes writing the letter. So, let’s look at how 20 minutes could be used for writing it.
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