IELTS Writing Task 1 – Formal Letters layout.

Power of WordsIn my post, ‘IELTS preparation – The IELTS Writing Test’, I talked about the importance of knowing the layout of letters and the difference between formal and informal letters for General Training IELTS Writing Task 1.

In this post, I’d like to give you an example of a formal letter.  See my post ‘IELTS Writing Task 1 – Informal Letters’ for an example of an informal letter.

Formal letters

  • Please note that in IELTS Writing Task 1, it will not be necessary to write the address and date.  The instructions usually say Begin your letter ‘Dear…’
  • Do not use short forms (We won’t, I’ll etc) in formal letters or essays. Many native English speakers use them in informal letters and this is considered acceptable.
  • Notice the position of the address, date, greeting and sign-off phrase.
  • You must include all the points that the question asks you to make.

I always recommend that my students purchase Adams & Austen IELTS books. These books contain so many useful practice exercises and sample questions for IELTS Writing.

Don’t forget that if you buy these books here, I will mark an IELTS Task 1 Writing and an IELTS Task 2 Writing from the book you have purchased.

Although I know that many teachers of English (including myself) teach letter layout, as an examiner I notice that there are many candidates who overlook it in their IELTS test.  Keep this example layout and my informal letter layout in mind.

Here’s to the best IELTS score possible!

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