IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Letter 1
Band score: approximately 8.0
Format: General Training
Task: Task 1
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You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write any addresses.
Begin your letter as follows:
A family member is coming to stay with you. He/she will be arriving by train in the morning, but you won’t be home until the evening. Write a letter to your relative. In your letter:
- explain arrangements you have made for them to have keys and get into the house
- tell your relative how to get from the train station to your house
- say when you will be home and suggest what you could do together that evening
I am very glad you are coming to visit me. Unfortunately, I will be busy until the evening on the day you arrive, but dont [‘don’t’] worry, I left [‘will leave’] the keys to my house under the door math [‘mat’] so you can get in and make yourself at home until I get there.
Now, once you get out of [‘off’] the train go directly to the bus station and wait for the number 45 route bus that will take you to my house. It is a twenty minute bus trip that makes a nice tour through town. When the bus reaches the old church at Winchester Avenue get off the bus [delete this (repetition)] and walk one block down to get to my house. The full adress is 357 Winchester Avenue.
I will be arriving [this is slightly too formal for a letter to a friend – ‘get back’ suits better] around 7:00 p.m. which is a perfect time for us to have some italian dinner on a nice restaurant downtown. [‘dinner at a great Italian restaurant downtown’]
Yours sincerely, [again, this is a little too formal – could say ‘all the best’ or ‘looking forward to seeing you’]
This is a well written letter that covers all sections of the question. There are a few issues with punctuation (‘italian’), but overall the vocabulary and grammar are well controlled.
The ending of the letter (‘yours sincerely’) doesn’t suit a letter to a family member, but apart from that the register is appropriate.