IELTS General Writing Task 1. Sample 2

You should spend about 20 mintues on this task.

You are an alumnus (alumna) of a Bluegill University, registered in a volunteer program to conduct informal interviews with prospective students. Recently, an entrant has been assigned to you to have an interview.

Write a letter to the entrant. In your letter:

  • state your reason for writing
  • briefly describe the interview and inform the entrant of a possibilty to cancel it
  • propose a convenient time for an interview

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Write at least 150 words.

How to answer this task?

    Use vocabulary to write letters.

  1. Start a letter in a semi-formal or an informal style.

    It is written in the task that you're conducting infomal interviews, so the letter should maintain the same style.

  2. Introduce yourself and state the reason for writing.

  3. Make up the details and write about each stated in the task issue.

    It is an imaginary letter, so don't be afraid of inventing interview description, convenient time and other details.

  4. Write a polite letter closing.

Model answer

Hello Alice,

My name is Jessica Halley (Bluegill class of 2013), and I am a volunteer conducting alumni interviews for the University of Bluegill Admissions Office. You've been registered in the university system and I'm writing to set an interview with you.

The alumni interview is a relaxed, informal conversation where you can tell me something about yourself, and I can answer any questions you have about our university. The interview is optional and if you wish to cancel it, just let me know.

Ideally, we should talk sometime in the next two weeks. I am usually free during the weekends. Would Saturday, January 10th, 8pm GMT +2 work for you? If not, we can also chat the weekend after, January 17th or 18th. It will also have to be a remote interview. Can we skype? I can also call your phone if that's more convenient for you.

Looking forward to hearing from you, and thank you for your interest in Bluegill University!

Best wishes,


(166 words)

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