GT Writing Task 1: Sample 23 - You have a friend who lives in a city abroad

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have a friend who lives in a city abroad. You have decided that you would like to apply to do a course at one of the colleges in this city.

Write to your friend explaining what you would like to do. Tell him/her what type of work or studies you have been doing for the past few years and ask for assistance in contacting an appropriate institution.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ............,

Model Answer 1:

Dear Anna,

I hope this letter finds you in good health. I am writing to enquire some details about the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) courses at a leading college in London. As you live there, I am hoping you would be able to guide me in choosing the best college for the course.

As you know, I hail from a family where everyone is involved in the financial sector. Needless to say, I got my tertiary education from a business school, and at present, I am working as an Internal Auditor in a textile corporation, but I have been stuck with the same designation for more than 2 years. Therefore, in order to climb further up the corporate ladder, I would like to update my skills and knowledge, and the most plausible way to do that would be getting a foreign degree from a reputed college in the UK. Having spent a copious amount of hours on researching the right institutions, I have narrowed down my options to just three colleges.

I would like to ask your assistance in getting in touch with those colleges. Perhaps you could dispatch me their customised brochures or prospectuses since due to the highly complex nature of these programs, information in the public domain is hard to find about these courses.

I look forward to receiving your response.

Warm wishes,


[ Written by - Sameed Qureshi ]

Model Answer 2:

Dear Mary,

It's been a long since I have heard from you. Hope you are doing great. I am writing this letter to request some information about the courses offered at different colleges in Brisbane. I am planning to intake a course and would really appreciate your help.

After completing my postgraduation in chemistry, I have been working as a chemist in one of the best laboratories in India - Dania Lab. My regular duties involve analysing the quality of food products as well as to check whether they meet the NABL prescribed standards. As my employer is highly pleased with my performance, he has asked me if I am ready to take on a new responsibility, which is related to molecular modelling. I do not have much expertise in that field, so, I would like to join a molecular designing course in Australia, more specifically in Brisbane in a couple of months.

I would be thankful to you if you search and inform me the details of the appropriate institution with relevant contact numbers. Please take the burden to personally visit some reputed colleges and talk to them regarding the course. I barely know anyone there and would really appreciate your help.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Warm wishes,


[ Written by - Vinutna Rahul ]

Model Answer 3:

Dear Robert,

It seems like ages since we last met and time indeed flies. I am very sorry that I had not been in touch with you as frequently as I should have in the last few months. I had been terribly busy and could scarcely manage time for myself or for my family. I hope Samantha and Anna are doing great.

I have decided to enrol in a professional graphics designing course in Melbourne, Australia and I went through websites of different colleges in Melbourne. You are the best person I know to advise me on this. I prefer a college from your city because my uncle lives there with his family and being in the same city where you live in would be an advantage for me.

For the last three years, I have been working as a tech support member for a large IT company and as you know Math was my major in our school. I am quite confused which college I should apply to and this is why I am turning to you for the advice. I would really appreciate your help regarding this. Also, can you find out what additional qualifications like an English language test score and so on are required to get admitted to such a college?

I hope you would not mind doing this for me and I would proceed according to your advice.

Take care and write me back when it is convenient for you.

Best regards,


Sample Answer 4:

Dear Aparna,

Hope you are doing great and enjoying your new job. I am writing this letter to inform you that I am planning to take a course at a college in your city. I am hoping your assistance in getting further information about the course.

As you know, I have been working as a software engineer for the last four years. So, I think this is the right time to work on one of my dreams - to acquire a management degree. I am planning to leave the job and apply for a part-time management course in Sydney. Though I have inquired online for a few of the colleges, could you please enlighten me with a few more details about the colleges, course duration, tuition fee regarding a management degree?

I am hoping you would guide me in finding the best college that offers a part-time management related course. I would be really grateful to you for the help.

Looking forward to getting your reply.

Warm wishes,


Sample Answer 5: Dear Mimi,

Hope you are doing excellent. I regret that I haven't been in touch with you for a couple of months. I am really busy these days and I hardly have time to wind down. I am writing to let you know that I am planning to apply to the Oxford University, which means we'll be living in the same city soon. I am expecting your assistance in getting some information regarding the course I am planning to pursue.

As you know, ever since I have finished my Bachelor in Psychology, I have been working full time in the human resources department. I'm currently working as an HR consultant, but I am interested in organisational development. That's why I have decided to do the master's degree in ‘Organisational Psychology’.

I am planning to submit my application to the university soon. However, I was recently assigned to work on a three-month project in Hongkong, so I don't know when I'll have the opportunity to contact the admission office. Do you mind contacting them to ask about their specific entry requirements? That would be a great help if you do.

Take care and write me back sometime. Talk to you soon.

Warm regards,


[ Written by - Helen Lim ] 

Sample Answer 6: Dear Sam,

Hope you are fine. I am now in Vizag and working for a large architectural consultancy firm. In order to accelerate my professional and personal growth, I need to complete a course pertaining to architectural design. I am hoping you would be able to provide details on some renowned colleges that offer the courses and guide me chose one.

It is well known that Dubai undertakes excellent construction projects, and colleges there offer outstanding architectural and designing courses too. As you are studying and residing in Dubai, I request you to kindly apprise me of the architectural courses offered by colleges. I am relying on you to pick a course at a college.

I request you to kindly examine the content of the course, its duration, the course curriculum, the cost and finally the placement opportunities after completion of the course. It would immensely help me in analysing and picking up the right course from the right institution.

I would be grateful for the information and support. I will be waiting for your reply in this regard.

Warm wishes,


[ Written by - Talluri Prasadarao ]

Model Answer 7: Dear Rachel,

Hope you are doing fine. I am sorry that I have not written to you for a long. I have been terribly busy over the last few months and I never seem to have a minute to myself! I am writing to notify you that I'd like to study fashion designing at a university in Canada next year and I hope you can give me some advice and information.

I think I would prefer a Canadian college, specifically in Toronto, because I have an aunt who lives there and she is willing to host me at her house. I have recently finished my school and got an overall 78% marks. I am willing to build my career in the fashion designing industry and I need to complete my bachelor degree for that. However, I really don't know which university to apply to and what are their requirements for the applicants. I am hoping you can choose a university for me that offers an excellent fashion designing related course at a moderate cost.

Could you send me some information about different colleges and the courses they offer related to my interest? I hope you can spare some time and don't mind doing this for me.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Warm wishes,


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0 # Bud 2018-07-08 06:24
Thanks for finally talking about >General Training Writing Task 1 Sample 23
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0 # Abdul 2018-03-03 15:39
Dear Manik,

Hope this letter finds you in good health. I am writing this letter to share an exciting news that I am planning to join a course in your city.

As you know, I have finished my graduation five years back and after that, I have been working as a software engineer in a Multinational Company. Now I am thinking to get a post-graduation in my field of study ‘Information Technology’. I am planning to leave my current job and get a part-time job in Singapore and hope that you will help me to find one. Also, I need your assistant to find a top engineering institute for me though I have searched some universities from the internet I want you to talk with some universities, students and your colleagues to find out more information; i.e. tuition fees, accommodations, part-time working hour etc. about the institute.

Hope you will write me soon with all the information I need.

Best Regards
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+1 # Lilit 2016-10-04 17:59
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+4 # Syed Taimur Shah 2016-06-18 03:52
Dear Kashif,

Hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to let you know that I have taken up your advice to complete my masters' degree from a British university.

As you know, I have been working with the same company for a year now. During these past few months, I have realized that my skills are inadequate for the position I want to achieve in the Financial sector. Needless to say, a meticulous foreign degree that offers post graduation work will remedy my problem.

Your advice on this matter means a great deal to me and keeping the generous offer in mind, that I can stay with you until I graduate has made me decide to take up your kind advice. Furthermore, I would appreciate if you could email me some detailed custom brochures from the top 5 universities in London that could help me decide on a university that suits my budget and academic achievements.

Looking forward to your reply.

Sincerely yours,
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