Preparation Tips for IELTS GT Writing (Part 1)

If you are planning to take the IELTS GT module, the writing test would be different. You are allowed one hour to complete two tasks, of 150 and 250 words, as in the Academic module. However, Task 1 is always a letter, while Task 2 is an essay based on a given topic.

Letters are an important form of communication. In the General Training Writing Task 1, you are given a situation and tested on your ability to write a letter in an appropriate style in order to achieve a certain outcome. You need to include all the necessary details so that the purpose of your letter is clear and the reader can easily understand your message.

The task will present a situation to you on the question paper. You have to write in the first person and imagine yourself in the situation given. It is important to remember that a letter is a form of communication. Formal or semi-formal letters are always written with a particular purpose in mind.

The purpose is sometimes stressed at the beginning of a letter. (It depends on the type of letter you are writing as to how much you emphasize your purpose at the start or whether you decide to leave it to the end of the letter.) However, you do need to open your letter with something that will be appropriate for the reader and will capture the reader's attention.

It is important that any background you provide on the situation is clear and includes all the information the reader needs.

It is worth reading the questions several times to make sure you fully understand it, as you will lose marks if your interpretation of the situation is not correct.

Types of letters

Test may ask you to write only one of 4 types of letters:

• Complaint / Request (of information) letter
• Job application letter
• Personal letter
• Formal business letter

There are rules how to write a letter of each type. When a letter is graded by IELTS examiners, its structure, vocabulary and fluency of language are equally important. So I will show here a model for every one of the letter types together with phrases and forms of speech, and the only thing you need to do is to insert your specific topic information in it. I also supply you with examples to demonstrate what your letter should look like.

Complaint:
This is a letter you write to complain about something. It could be something you have purchased or a bad service that you have received, or an accident that happened to you. You must describe it and demand appropriate actions from relevant people.

There are 4 paragraphs in this type of letter. They should look like this:

1. Start with “Dear Sir/Madam,“ (or write person’s name if it was given in task instructions ) Explain shortly (in one or two sentences) what you are complaining about.
“I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with the tape recorder that I purchased in your store.”

2. Explain in more details
           a) What happened, what is the problem?
              “I purchased a tape recorder in your store on 12/3/2005, just 3 days ago. After a few times that I used it, the “Play” button broke off”.

           b) What are you unhappy about?
               “I was very surprised to see the new improved model with 2 years of warranty breaking so soon and for no reason at all.”

           c) What did you do to resolve the situation?
               “I contacted your store immediately in order to return the tape recorder and spoke to the shift manager. He refused to replace the tape recorder and suggested that I had it repaired.”

           d) How do you feel about the problem?
               “You can imagine how receiving this offer upset me.”

This paragraph should be the longest in the whole letter. You can even divide it into several parts.

3. Write what you would like them to do, and what will you do if they don’t give you what you want.
“I insist that you replace the damaged tape recorder and send me a new one. Otherwise, I will be forced to stop my payments to your store”.

4. Write a formal ending for the letter, your name and sign.
“I look forward to hearing from you.” If you know the name of person you are writing to, sign
     “Yours sincerely,
           Mr Smith”


If you don’t know the name of person you are writing to, sign
      “Yours faithfully,
           Mr Smith”.

 

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0 # Kranthi 2016-12-01 10:16
Thanks a lot.
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0 # Goka 2016-11-07 17:08
What a nice information... Thank you.
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+1 # Jagmohan Saraswat 2016-10-05 06:13
Thanks for useful tips.
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+2 # Santosh Kumar 2016-09-03 21:26
I am new to this blog and I feel it is going to be very helpful to me... Thank you so much.
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0 # Russell Shrabon 2016-07-16 06:50
Really very helpful to get what I exactly expecting.
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+5 # Pammi 2016-07-04 07:05
Can you please provide us with example formats for job application, personal & formal business letters?
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+2 # Nav 2015-10-25 19:16
Should we write our own name at the end of letter like Yours sincerely
Nav
or should just write "Name".
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+3 # IELTS Mentor 2015-10-26 17:17
If it is mentioned in the question that 'You do Not need to write your name and address." then you should write just 'X' or 'Name'. Otherwise you can write you nick name.
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+2 # Sapna 2015-08-06 17:26
I found this information very much in detail and useful.But like some others I could not figure out a link to go to next types of letter. Please respond to our query ASAP. It would be a big help for all of us.
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+5 # Sagar 2015-07-13 05:05
I am not able to see "continue" link to cover rest of the topic.
Kindly fix this ASAP.
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0 # Anisul 2015-05-24 16:30
I am not able to see "continue" link to cover rest of the topic as mention above.Ex:
Job application letter, Personal letter,
Formal business letter
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+9 # Muhammad Mubeen Zafeer 2015-04-15 03:31
I am unable to see continue link to cover rest of the topic mentioned above. For example
Formal business letter
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+1 # Mubeen 2015-03-27 02:08
Dear IELTS MENTOR

I am unable to see continue link to cover rest of the topic mentioned above. For example
Formal business letter
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+4 # shiva 2015-03-03 12:15
can u please help me in finding examples for other letter formats
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+2 # pooja 2015-01-05 21:47
Greatest IELTS Help website.
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+13 # Pooja 2014-12-22 13:56
I am not able to see "continue" link to cover rest of the topic as mention above.Ex:
Job application letter, Personal letter,
Formal business letter
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+1 # Monir 2014-12-11 16:35
Practicing ielts
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+4 # sunil 2014-10-25 22:19
Thank you for the useful information.
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