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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 3

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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Letter 2

Band score: approximately 5.0

Format: General Training

Task: Task 1

The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Write at least 150 words.

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You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear………………………

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

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Letter 2

Dear Sam,

It is [‘will be’ – he’s not there yet, that’s why you’re writing)] a great pleasure to see you after a [‘such a’] long time. I am looking forward to have [‘having’] a pleasant time with you. I would like to convey my inability [too formal for a friend – ‘let you know that I won’t be able’] to pick [‘pick you’] up in [‘at’] the railway station due to my official trip, which i must attend on behalf of my company [too formal – ‘as I will be travelling for the company I work for’]Advertisement

I will arrange my [‘for my’] friend Sasha to pick [‘pick you up’] and drop you in [at] my house. He will be waiting in the waiter's [‘in the waiting’] area with your name tag. I hope you will be able to identify him easily. You can [combine these sentences with ‘, so you can’] collect the key from Sasha [‘him’].

I will reach the [delete this] home by evening 4.30pm [to make sure the examiner is clear that you understand, make the ‘evening’ later in the day – say 6pm], and I beleive [‘believe’] we would be able to go to Hammersmith Gardens, located in the centre of city, which is a popular tourist spot in this region. After that, we can have the [delete this – no article before the names of meals] dinner in the Barino hotel with my family and friends.

You are warmly welcome to my homely [‘home’].

Regards,

Gill Griffiths

(158 words)


Comments:

The word count is good, and the basic requirements of the Task have been answered.

However, the tone and structure is often not suitable for the context of a letter to a friend (‘I would like to convey my inability‘).

There are areas where the sentences need to flow more fluidly (‘I hope you will be able to identify him easily. You can collect the key from Sasha.‘).

The grammar is often incorrect or not logical (‘It is a pleasure‘ referring to a future event) and there are problems with some of the vocabulary (‘welcome to my homely‘).

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Essay 3

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Letter 1

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Letter 1

Band score: approximately 5.0

Format: General Training

Task: Task 1

The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter.

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:

Dear………………………

You recently became a member of your local leisure centre but you are unhappy with the services and facilities.

Write a letter to the Centre Manager. In your letter:

  • explain the circumstances
  • say why you are dissatisfied
  • what action you would like the leisure centre to take

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Letter 1

Dear Sir,

Kindly note, that i [‘I’ (capital letter)] have joined [use only ‘joined’ because you are referring to a past time – last week] your center last week aiming of spending [‘to spend’] my liesure [‘leisure’] time in socializing and creating new friendships.

During my visit to the center yesterday i've [capital ‘I’ and delete ‘ve – again this refers to a past time (yesterday) so the present perfect doesn’t fit] experienced a very awkward situation with one of the center staff, [this would be better as a full stop and starting a new sentence] i [capital ‘I’] was practicing on one of the Gem [‘gym’ (no capital letter plus spelling)] machines where [‘when’] the supervisor approached me and in a very rude way he informed me to stop using the machine and to leave the Gem [‘gym’ (no capital letter plus spelling)] so he can close it but it was 10 minutes before offical closure time. [This sentence is much too long and needs to be broken into smaller sections to be more accurate] when I tried to told [‘tell’] him that I still have [‘had’] 10 minutes according to the Gem [‘gym’ (no capital letter plus spelling)] rules, He [‘he’ – no need for a capital ‘H’] insisted that I should leave at once in the same unacceptable attitude [either ‘with the same unacceptable attitude’ or ‘in the same unacceptable tone’].

That behavior was shock [‘a shock’] to me as he didn’t only broke [‘break’] the Gem [‘gym’ (no capital letter plus spelling)] rules but he was not polite and didn’t follow any business etiquette in communicating with customers.

I think the center should enroll their staffs [‘staff’] in a customer service courses [either ‘in a customer service course‘ or ‘in customer service courses‘] to enhance their abilities in communicating with customers [this is a repetition of the last line from the previous paragraph].

Sincerely

Eric Van Deen

(175 words)


Comments:

There are repeated issues with spelling (‘Gem’ for gym) and inappropriate use of capital letters.

Some sentences are overly long and the meaning is unclear or irrelevant to the topic. The writer has not used linking words effectively and punctuation is weak.

Grammar errors are common (‘Yesterday I’ve’), and paragraphing is not clear.

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 009

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 9

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 9You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have received a letter from your local video shop claiming that a DVD you rented is now overdue. However, you have already returned the DVD.

Write to the video shop. In your letter

  • Tell them which film the letter is about
  • Explain when you returned it
  • Tell them what you would like them to do about the situation

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear…

Write at least 150 words.


Dear Manager,

About one week ago, I rented a film entitled ‘Master of the Seas’, a recent release form your store. As it was only a one night rental, I returned the disc the following day. As your store was closed at the time of the morning that I took the film back, I posted it through the ‘video return’ slot you have on the front door.

This morning, however, I have received a letter from your office claiming that the title has not been returned, and that I now have fines to pay.

Nonetheless, I have been a member of your store for over 6 years, and I am sure your records will verify that I have always returned items on time. Could I ask that you check your inventory once again, and perhaps also check the postal slot where I returned the film, in case it has landed in an obscure position?

With thanks,

Len Binsley

(157 words)

 

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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 011

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 11

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

Teenagers are spending an increasing amount of time on the Internet, and this is having a negative effect on their social skills.

Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 11It is not uncommon these days for younger people to spend an hour or more a day online, and although this does detract from time spent taking to family members, it is not necessarily affecting their social development as will now be discussed.

The primary reason to disagree with the statement is that a considerable amount of time that youngsters are on the internet is actually spent on social networking sites such as Facebook. As these sites are specifically designed for social purposes, the argument that social skills are declining would appear to be invalid. It is only when the time online is spent playing single player games or generally surfing for entertainment without interacting with others online that this could be considered unsociable.

In addition, an increasing dependence on the internet for a broad range of tasks from completing homework and studies to checking bank balances and searching for employment means that being online is often simply an alternative manner of working or completing necessary chores, and should not be considered related to social skills at all.

Admittedly, if too much time is spent online playing games or looking at websites, then there is the potential for surfers to become less able to interact with people directly. However, this can be negated by ensuring that time online is limited to a reasonable amount, and can even be controlled by using technology that actively records the amount of time online.

To sum up, it is not that the internet is causing us to become less sociable, it is simply that the nature of social interaction is changing.

(267 words)

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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 008

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 8

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 8You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You recently ordered an item that was advertised as having a discount from the normal price, but you have found that when you paid, you did not get the discount. Write to the company. In your letter

  • Explain that you did not get the discount
  • Tell them where you saw the discount advertised
  • Tell them what you would like them to do about the situation

 

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:
Dear…

Write at least 150 words.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing with some concern about an item I recently purchased from your company. It was a new digital camera from the Nokia range, model number SL452. The item was ordered using your telephone ordering system and I read my credit card number to the sales person on the other end of the line.

I was persuaded to buy the item based on a 20% reduction that was advertised, but I was surprised to find that when my credit card statement arrived, I was charged the full price. I saw the reduced price offer in our local newspaper, in which your company had taken a full page advertisement with all items on the page discounted.

I am very satisfied with the camera itself, and do not wish to return it, but I would like the advertised 20% of the cost of the item refunded to my credit card. If this is not possible, then I would regretfully send the item back as I can obtain it for a cheaper price in other stores.

Regards,

R G Peterson

(180 words)

 

 

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 010

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 10

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

In some countries, people who are unemployed receive a sum of money each week in the form of a benefit. While some support this, other people believe that this money should not be given.

Discuss both points of view and give your own point of view.

 

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 10The payment of a benefit for those who are out of work is a sensitive issue with strong opinions for and against. This essay will now examine both sides of the argument and present a final conclusion.

Those in favour of this financial support argue that in some cases, it is not the fault of the unemployed person, and that the assistance is needed for them to survive while they continue to look for work. Without this, there is the potential concern that crime would increase due to a lack of alternatives. To illustrate, if a parent with dependent children could not find work and had no other help, they would have little option but to resort to theft to prevent their children from going hungry.

On the other hand, there are those that argue that paying someone who does not work simply encourages people to remain unemployed, especially when the alternative could be a relatively low paid job. There are situations where people are simply not interested in finding a position of employment as it offers very little additional money compared to doing nothing at home and receiving free handouts. This situation could escalate as people who are on a low income may resent paying a portion of their tax payments to support those who make little or no effort to find employment.

Considering both points of view, it seems that a compromise may be the best solution. Payment of the unemployment benefit should be limited to a short period of time, after which the amount received should be progressively reduced. This would encourage those receiving the benefit to be more proactive when looking for work.

(277 words)

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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 009

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 9

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

Compared to previous generations, an increasing number of people are traveling overseas for holidays.
Why is this? Is this a positive or negative trend?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 9There are a number of factors which explain the rising tendency for people to take trips overseas for pleasure, and this has both advantages and disadvantages as will now be discussed.

Innovations in technology have made overseas travel not only faster, but also more accessible for those on a limited budget, meaning that in some cases a family can holiday in a different country with less inconvenience and a better price than staying in their home country. A flight from the UK to Spain, for example, can be accomplished in less time than it takes to get from one side of England to the other.

One of the clearest advantages here is that it gives people the opportunity to experience different cultures and customs, giving a broader perspective of the world. By visiting other countries, people become more understanding and tolerant of other cultures, and can learn to appreciate the cultural differences that exist. There are also benefits for the holiday itself, as many people tend to holiday in destinations that have better weather.

However, there are disadvantages for the country, as citizens are spending their money overseas rather than in the domestic market. However, this is negated by the fact that although people leave their own country for a holiday, other people visit their country for the same reason. In New Zealand, for example, money spent overseas by people leaving the country is replaced by those who visit the country for their holiday.

To conclude, advances in technology have given the consumer more choice in overseas holidays, and this has both positive and negative ramifications.

(266 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 008

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 8

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

Driving a car is a valuable skill and should therefore be taught in schools.
Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 8There are many important life skills such as the ability to operate a vehicle that are developed both through childhood and early adulthood, but teaching these should not necessarily be left to education departments, as will now be argued.

The principal provider of knowledge to a child should be the parent, and although more academic subjects such as science and languages should be left to professionals, abilities like driving and swimming are best taught by parents, at least initially. If the parent feels they are not suited to the task, or the law in that country does not allow parents to teach their children to drive, then a driving instructor should be sought, not a school.

In addition, it could be argued that although operating a car is a useful skill, it is not essential and should be something that each individual decides rather than being a compulsory part of their education. Other subjects which provide a more rounded education should be emphasised, as this will allow the student to be able to find a position of employment more easily once they graduate from school or further studies.

However, an argument could be made that the ability to drive could be required in an emergency situation, and therefore should be taught. Yet situations where this would actually be required would be rare, and less valuable than other skills such as first aid.

To conclude, it would be better for schools to focus on academic topics, leaving the parents or the student to decide when and how to learn other skills like driving.

(261 words)

Analysing IELTS Task 2 writing questions

Analysing IELTS Task 2 writing questions

Analysing IELTS Task 2 writing questionsBefore you can being preparing your answer to a Task 2 topic, you need to be sure you have fully understood what you are being asked to write about.

For this post, we will analyse a Task 2 essay that is asking you to challenge a point of view.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic.

Crime is increasing in many countries and prisons are becoming increasingly crowded. We should therefore return to the use of capital punishment.

Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include and relevant examples or evidence from your own knowledge and experience. You should write at least 250 words.

As the instructions are always the same for Task II, we can ignore those and focus directly on the question. However, before you can begin to plan an answer, you need to be clear on exactly what you are being asked to write about.

Many Task II questions can be divided into three parts, and this can sometimes make it more difficult to identify what your focus should be.

Part 1: Crime is increasing in many countries and prisons are becoming increasingly crowded.

The first part is the general topic, which introduces the main question. This is commonly accepted as being true, so therefore your essay should not spend too much time on this aspect of the question.

Part 2: We should therefore return to the use of capital punishment.

The second part of the question is the specific topic. This is the section of the question that you need to focus on in your answer.

Part 3: Do you agree or disagree?

The final part of Task II are the task words, telling you what you should do. In this case, you are being asked whether you agree or disagree, which tells you that this is the first type of essay question (challenge a point of view). To find out more about the four types of essay question, take a look here.

However, it is important to remember that not all Task II questions have three parts. Sometimes you are only given a specific topic and task words. In the examples below, we can see that there is no general topic. The questions have only 2 parts – the specific topic and the task words.

  • People who do dangerous sports for pleasure should not be entitled to healthcare. Do you agree?
  • Fewer people are reading books these days. Suggest possible reasons why.

Now practice by looking at the essay titles below and decide what the main focus of your answer should be.

IELTS writing model answer

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 007

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 7

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

A friend has invited you to a party but you will not be able to attend. Write to your friend. In your letter

  • Tell your friend you can’t come
  • Explain why you are unable to attend
  • Arrange another time to meet

 

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:
Dear…

Write at least 150 words.


IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 7Dear Anna,

I just wanted to say thanks for the invite – I would have loved to come, but I’m not going to be in town next weekend. You remember my cousin Jason? Well, he’s getting married and the wedding is in London, so I’ll be away for three days.

Perhaps we could catch up when I get back? We could go to that new restaurant that’s just opened on Queen St. – one of the people I work with went there a few weeks ago and says it’s really good. It’s about time we caught up – it must be at least 6 months since I saw you and I have some exciting news to tell you about my job!

Anyway, hope you have a good party – I’m sure you will as your parties are always good fun! I remember the New Years Eve party at your house three years ago – it was one of the best parties I’ve been to!

All the best,

Mary

(166 words)