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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Letter 1

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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Letter 1

Band score: approximately 7.0

Format: General Training

Task: Task 1

The ielts writing sample 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………………………

New neighbours have recently moved in, but they are making a lot of noise at night while you are preparing for your exams. Write a letter to your neighbours. In your letter:

  • explain that they are preventing you from studying well
  • suggest what they can do to improve the situation
  • tell them when you will have completed your studies

 


IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Letter 1

Dear Mr Charlie [‘Charlie’ is commonly a nickname used for Charles, a first name. It would be safer to use a name that is clearly a surname – Smith, for example.],

I am writing this letter to you to inform you of the disturbance which is caused by you [‘you are causing’ (it is not common to use a passive construction for this sentence)] during the night time [delete this word].

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It is over a month now and you have been playing your grand piano for many consecutive nights. I have my exams coming next week, due [‘but due’ (you need a linking word)] to the disturbance, I have not been able to concentrate on my calculus which is on Monday.

It is not only me who is disturbed by your music, but all of us in the nearby area who are disturbed [try to avoid repetition of the same vocabulary] and so I am writing to you on their behalf too.

I am not telling you to stop playing your piano, I am just requesting you to change your schedule. Switch the timings of your piano [again, avoid repetition – this word can simply by deleted] playing, preferably with some other activity in the day [this isn’t clear – the writer has previously stated that the problem is at night, so why change to another activity during the day?]. I hope you can understand and follow what I have said. Thank You [punctuation – a full stop is needed here]

Yours faithfully,

Graeme Treherne

(151 words)


Comments:

There are a few issues with punctuation that make some of the sentences unclear. There are also minor errors in vocabulary and sentence structure.

Although the register (tone) of the letter is generally accurate, it is common to be polite in letters that are complaining but also requesting, yet this letter is quite confrontational, and would be more appropriate if it was written in a slightly more friendly tone.

The paragraphing of the letter is suitable, and all the key points have been covered.

 

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 3

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Letter 1

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Letter 1

Band score: approximately 8.0

Format: General Training

Task: Task 1

The ielts writing sample 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………………………

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 8 Letter 1Dear John,

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’]

David

(158 words)


Comments:

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.

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 6 Letter 1

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 6 Letter 1

Band score: approximately 6.0

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 have enrolled in an evening course but you have found that you are too busy to continue and would like to take the course next term instead.

Write a letter to your teacher. In your letter:

  • explain the situation and why you cannot continue the course
  • say what you would like to do about your studies
  • ask for advice about what you can do about the situation

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 6 Letter 1

Dear Mr. Smith

I am writing regarding the management course that I have been attending at your management [delete this – this word has been used at the beginning of the sentence] institute at the evening hours [‘during the evenings’]. I need to say that, unfortunately, due to my involvement in an urgent task at my work, I will not be able to continue my management [also delete this to avoid repetition] classes during the coming period.

As you are aware, I am working as a project manager in a construction compay. A new contract has been awarded to our company, and I have been given the mission to complete [‘the task of completing’ would be more common] this project in [‘within’] a tight time frame. In [‘Given’] this situation, I will have to stay extra [‘work additional’ would be better)] hours at my office to ensure that the work progresses satisfactorily.

However, I am still interested in completing the management couse, but [the sentence would be better constructed as ‘I am still interested in completing the management course; however, …] I would prefer to reschedule it to the next term when I will have completed my new project and can spare enough time for studying. I will [‘would’] appreciate it if you could direct me to the appropriate action that I have to take in order to arrange for postponing my course.

I thank you in advance for your assistance.

Kindest regards [this needs to be followed by a comma]

Matt Davison

(188 words)


Comments:

Despite some good language, the writer has overused certain vocabulary (‘management’ 3 times in the introduction alone) and this has reduced the result.

Some sentences are overly complicated and the meaning is a little unclear at times (‘I would appreciate it if you could direct me to the appropriate action that I have to take in order to arrange for postponing my course’).

There are grammar errors in some of the more advanced sentences (‘I will appreciate it if you would’).

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 3

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Letter 2

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.

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’]

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 Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Essay 3

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Letter 3

IELTS General Task 1 sample answer Band 7 Letter 3

Band score: approximately 7.0

Format: General Training

Task: Task 1

The IELTS writing sample 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 7 Essay 3

Dear Sir,

I joined your club a couple of weeks ago and I am writing today to express my disappointment in the services provided as this would commonly have a comma – ‘…provided, as…’ well as in the standards of the facilities as will be explained below.

First of all, cleanliness in the swimming pool area is a major issue. I noticed that there are lot ‘a lot’ of food leftovers, plastic bags and even pieces of glass between ‘in’ the grass, and no one from your cleaning staff bothered has bothered to clean this mess despite highlighting this is unclear – have the staff highlighted the problem, or has the writer? the issue.

Secondly, The Sauna no need for a capital ‘T’ or ‘S’ here room has been out of order for the last 10 days; either a full stop here, or a lowercase ‘I’ for ‘In addition’ In addition to that, the tennis and baskett ball ‘basketball’ courts are not being properly maintained. For example, the border lines needs to be painted and the net is torn.

I’m looking forward to receiving your feedback on the Afforementioned aforementioned, in addition to the actions taken which will be taken to enhance the services. Failure ‘Failing’ to do so, I will be left with no option but to terminate my subscription and ask the rest of your sentence is formal, so this would be better as ‘request’ for the refund ‘a refund’ in line with the signed contract.

Sincerely,

The letter needs to end with the writer’s name

 

(175 words)

 


Comments:

The letter has answered all of the requirements of the Task, but some of the sentences need to be a little clearer (‘despite highlighting the issue’ yet we do not know who highlighted it).

Some of the linking words could be more academic (‘First’ / ‘Secondly’). There are also minor issues with articles.

The structure of the letter, although generally good, would be improved with the name of the writer at the end.

 

 

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 3

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Letter 3

IELTS General Task 1 sample answer Band 5 Letter 3

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………………………

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 Essay 3Sample answer

Dear Maria there should be a line space here, I am very happy to know ‘hear’ is more common that you will be coming. I am really looking forward to see ‘seeing’ you this would be better saved until the end of the letter. As I understood ‘understand’, you will arrive next Saturday. That is combine these sentences – ‘..Saturday, which is ..’ perfect, but I am afraid to tell you that I will not this is a letter to a friend, so be more informal – ‘won’t’ be able to pick you up at the train station. Unfortunately I will be busy that morning showing some of our new houses to a Client ‘client’. I know ‘am sure’ that you will understand this just ‘understand’. Don’t worry this needs to be followed by a comma it is very easy to get from the train station to my house. Let me give you two options: First don’t need a capital letter after a colon you could get here by taxi. If you choose this option do not this is too formal – simply ‘if you do, don’t forget…’ forget that it is better if you buy your ticket inside the train station. Taxi fares are controlled there and you can be sure that no one will take any advantages ‘advantage’ (although the whole sentence could be deleted – it is too much detail). Just give them the address correctly which is in Zone 2. Second option: By Bus ‘the second option is to come by bus’. Just step outside the train station and you will find to your left a Bus Stop ‘a bus stop to your left’. Take Bus number 3 until you arrive to ‘at’ Dunkirk street. It will be the fourth stop. I will leave the keys under the mat in front of the door. Be patient the ‘because the’ lock is not working properly but it will eventually open. I think that I will arrive before 3.00 pm. Please ‘but please’ (continue the sentence) make yourself at home. If you are in the mood we could attend in the evening to a jazz concert ‘go to a jazz concert in the evening’. There is a famous band that will perform ‘performing’ that day.
Well Maria, I am really anxious ‘keen’ or ‘excited’ suit better to see you again. Take Care ‘care’ and in case you have any problems you ‘problems, you’ (comma) already have my mobile phone number.

********* End the letter with something like ‘All the best, John’

(282 words)

 


Comments:

The main issue here is that the letter is not organised to any clear degree, consisting of one long paragraph and one short paragraph.

With a total of over 280 words, this is much too long – apart from the time that this would take, the writer is exposing additional errors to the examiner as well as risking losing points for not being concise.

There is no clear ‘end’ to the letter as the writer does not sign off, and there is no clear definition between the introduction of the letter and the first paragraph.

Although some of the language used is good and the writer has addressed all sections of the letter, there are very few sentences that do not contain at least one error, and in general the tone is too formal for a letter to a friend.

There are also issues with punctuation, especially with capital letters being used within a sentence.

 

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Letter 3

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Letter 3

Band score: approximately 8.0

Format: General Training

Task: Task 1

The IELTS writing sample 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………………………

New neighbours have recently moved in, but they are making a lot of noise at night while you are preparing for your exams. Write a letter to your neighbours. In your letter:

  • explain that they are preventing you from studying well
  • suggest what they can do to improve the situation
  • tell them when you will have completed your studies

 


IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Essay 3

Dear Sir this would be better as ‘Dear neighbour’,

Unfortunately, I never ‘have never’ found time to introduce myself since you have moved in as I have been busy preparing for my university exams. Anyway, I live in the flat directly behind yours and we share a common wall.

Over last two days I am being ‘ahve been’ disturbed during the course of my studies due to loud music that is being played in your flat quite late at night.

Honestly speaking this needs to be followed by a comma this is hampering my concentration and I am unable to study. Can I request you to please turn down the volume or if you could refrain from playing the music after about 10pm? My exams will be finished on 29th of this month and I would certainly not mind a slightly louder volume after that date.

I hope you don’t mind my asking this of you, and please accept my apologies for any inconvenience being caused. I look forward to meeting you personaly ‘personally’ once I am done with my exams.

Regards,

Cyril

(165 words)


Comments:

There are some issues with register (beginning the letter ‘Dear neighbour’ would be better than ‘Dear Sir’).

There are also a few grammatical errors (‘Over the last two days, I am being disturbed…’), although other sentences are very academically constructed.

There is some good use of vocabulary, and the organisation is clear and concise.

The letter is written in a friendly, polite manner and covers the requirements of the task.

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 6 Essay 3

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 6 Essay 3

Band score: approximately 6.0

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………………………

New neighbours have recently moved in, but they are making a lot of noise at night while you are preparing for your exams. Write a letter to your neighbours. In your letter:

  • explain that they are preventing you from studying well
  • suggest what they can do to improve the situation
  • tell them when you will have completed your studies

 

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 6 Essay 3 Start with ‘Dear….’ I am writing this letter to draw your attention to a situation that has been caused by you ‘which is affecting me’ would me more appropriate. I am your neighbour, living just beside you. I am currenty ‘currently’ in the final year of my Masters of Acountancy ‘Accountancy’, and currently preparing for final ‘my final’ exam.

But ‘However’ recently I can not concentrate ‘have not been able to concentrate’ on my studies because you are playing your music player all the time ‘very often’ (all the time is too strong) until late night ‘at night’. Due to that ‘that,’ (comma) I am facing difficulties to focus ‘focussing’ on exam preparation and that is giving me some tension ‘causing some stress’ is more common. As I am going to university and have job ‘am working’ as well during day times, I only get little ‘a little’ or ‘limited’ time to study for my exam, and I cannot use my precious time to study due to the music.

I would appriciate ‘appreciate’ it very much, if you could try to avoid playing music late at night or during the night, so I can concentrate on my subjects. You can play music daytimes as no one remain ‘is’ at home during office times in our appartment ‘apartment’.

I will be very thankful to you if you can understand my problem and stop the interruption which is spoiling my career this is too strong – ‘disturbing my studies’.

Best Wishes,

John Morgan

(197 words)

 


Comments:

Although only a minor point, the instructions state that the letter should begin ‘Dear….’ so this should be included.

There are a considerable number of spelling errors, as well as shorter sentences that would have been better if they were combined with more academic linking words.

There are errors with basic grammar (‘As I am going my university ‘) and some sentences need to be reorganised to avoid repetition or uncommon constructions (‘draw your attention to a situation that has been caused by you’).

However, despite being a little longer than recommended, the writer has covered the main points and organised ideas into a logical sequence of paragraphs.

 

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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Essay 2

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Essay 2

Band score: approximately 7.0

Format: General Training

Task: Task 1

The IELTS writing sample 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 are a member of your college/university library and have recently received an email from them asking you to return overdue books that you had actually never borrowed.

Write a letter to the librarian. In your letter:

  • explain the situation
  • say what you would like them to do
  • ask if this problem will affect your library membership

 

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Essay 2Dear Ms Librarian the letter can start with a job title or a name, but not a combination of both – ‘Dear Ms Smith’ or ‘Dear Manager’,

I am writing this letter to you in reply to the E-mail, no need for a comma here which I was sent on Sunday, regarding the overdue books which I had to return.

I am afraid to inform you that I have no such book of yours as I was not ‘have not been’ in the country in the past week. Even though I was out of the country to avoid repetition, this could be ‘overseas’, I did check ‘have checked’ my bookshelf for any library book ‘books’ and I found none within ‘in’ my possession.

I think you have ‘may have’ – it’s less confrontational and therefore more polite made a mistake in your readings, or the records of the books checked in and out have gone wrong, two sentences cannot be joined with a comma – this could be a new sentence or a semi colon ( ; ) is needed please check your computer once more and see if there is any misunderstanding.

Lastly, I just want to ask you about my membership, that if delete this and add ‘whether’ this incident has ‘will have’ any affect on my membership.

Once again I’m telling you that you have made a misunderstanding and I don’t have your books this is too aggressive and would not be considered polite.

Yours Faithfully,

Maria Benson

(154 words)


Comments:

The word count is good (154 words) and the writer has addressed each part of the question (although be careful of using too much vocabulary from the question). Also, some parts of your answer do not really flow logically – the writer states she was ‘out of the country in the last week’, but this needs to be tied in with the question – e.g. ‘I was out of the country on the day the books were borrowed’.

Commonly a letter would start by addressing a person by name or by position, but not job title. Fore example ‘Dear Manager’ would be acceptable, but not ‘Dear Ms Librarian’.

Grammatically, the writer could also have used the passive a little more often. For example, in the third paragraph, the sentence could have been written as ‘I think a mistake may have been made’