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Request Letter Sample Ielts Essay

Here is a collection of sample letters to help you prepare for IELTS writing task 1 for the General Training Paper (students taking the Academic Paper will not get letters for writing task 1). The IELTS sample letters below are a range of personal, semi-formal and formal which are all common in task 1.

Letter of Instruction

You have just spent a week with a friend on holiday. When you got home, you realised you had left your wallet there.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • thank your friend for the holiday
  • explain that you left your wallet in their house
  • give them instructions of how to send it back to you


Asking for a Letter of Reference

You are applying for a job and need a letter of reference.

Write a letter to a former teacher. In your letter:

  • give details of the job
  • explain why it is important to you
  • suggest what information your teacher could put in the reference


Letter of Advice

A friend has written to you asking for advice about a problem at work. You have had a similar problem in the past.

Write a reply to your friend. In your letter:

  • tell your friend you understand the problem
  • explain what happened to you in the past
  • suggest possible solutions to the problem.


Letter of Complaint

Work is being done on the street where you live. The noise is disturbing you.

Write a letter of complaint to your local council. In your letter:

  • introduce yourself
  • explain what the problem is
  • suggest solutions to the problem


Letter of Application

You saw an advert in the newspaper asking for volunteers to help run a charity event.

Write a letter of application to the organisers. In your letter:

  • explain why you are interested in helping
  • give details suitable past experience
  • suggest ways you might help with the event


Letter of Request

You need to take leave from your work of over one month for personal reasons.

Write a letter to your boss. In your letter:

  • explain the reason for the leave and the length of leave you need
  • explain how you will keep up-to-date while you’re away
  • suggest how your work could be covered while you are away


Letter of Resignation

You have decided to resign from your work in order to try a new field.

Write a letter of resignation to your boss. In your letter:

  • tell your boss of your decision and explain why you are leaving
  • explain what you have learnt from your current job and how you feel about leaving
  • ask for a letter of reference


Letter of Arrangement

You have organised to go on holiday with your friend. However, you must change your plans.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • tell them how much you are looking forward to the holiday
  • explain why you must change your plans
  • suggest alternative arrangements


Letter of Complaint

You recently ordered something online. When the delivery came it was not complete.

Write a letter to the company. In your letter:

  • explain what you ordered and what was missing from your delivery
  • explain the importance of this delivery
  • ask for a replacement item to be sent


Letter of Acceptance

A friend has offered you some work in his company. You are currently employed and not able to start for three months.

Write a reply to your friend. In your letter:

  • give details of what you know about his company
  • explain your current situation
  • give your answer to the offer and explain why

Below is an IELTS letter with a sample answer which is estimated at band score 9 and is personal rather than formal. For the General Training Paper in IELTS, you are required to write a letter of over 150 words in 20 mins for writing task 1.

Last month you had an overseas holiday with some friends where you stayed at their house. They have just sent you some holiday photos.

Write a letter to your friends. In your letter:

  • thank them for the holiday and the photos
  • explain why you didn’t write earlier
  • invite them to come and stay with you

Band Score 9 Sample Answer

Hi John and Laura,

How are you both? I hope this letter finds you well. Although it’s just a short time since we last saw each other, it feels much longer.

Thank you so much not only for such a memorable holiday but also for the lovely photos that you sent of our holiday together. It brought it all back to me so vividly. I think, staying with you and seeing where you live, was a real eye-opener. Australia is certainly a scenic country with remarkable landscape and wildlife, particular up in the north where you are.

Sorry, it has taken me so long to write back and thank you. Almost as soon as we landed back in the UK, my mother became sick and we’ve been running around looking after her and getting carers sorted out. She seems to be improving now, though, and hopefully will be back to normal soon.

Next month, we’ll be celebrating our Wedding Anniversary and we’d be delighted if you could come over to celebrate it with us. It’ll be a chance for you to meet the rest of the family and see a bit of England. Of course, you must stay with us, there’s plenty of room and we’ll pick you up at the airport. I really hope you can make it.

Take care and write back soon.



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