IELTS Writing Task 1 – Informal 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 an informal letter.  See my post ‘IELTS Writing Task 1 – Formal Letters’ for an example of a formal letter.

Informal 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…’
  • Notice the position of the address, date, greeting and sign-off phrase.
  • Many native English speakers use short forms (We won’t, I’ll etc) in informal letters and this is considered acceptable.  You need to make sure, however, that you do not use short forms in formal letters or essays.
  • 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 formal letter layout in mind.

Here’s to the best IELTS score possible!


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