By Jobnearn Tutorials | August 7, 2016
IELTS General training writing task 1 is a letter writing task which is allotted 20 minutes of time and has 3 bands. Below are some of the Ielts General Training Writing Task 1 Guidelines to accomplish task-1 correctly and quickly-
- After reading the question you should understand the type of letter.
- You should memorise the format of each type of letter to know how to write it and what should be the tone of the letter.
- Memorise some of the standard words which are used for different type of letters. Also, remember the signature of each type of letter.
- Before you start writing the letter, make points to give it a proper structure. These short points can be noted down quickly on the question paper itself.
- Use short sentences to avoid grammatical mistakes.
- Make a note of approximate number of words in 1 or 2 lines once you start writing. This will help you calculate total number of lines you need to write. Task-1 is 150 words, so you should not exceed 160-170 words. This approximate calculation will keep you on track and you don’t need to calculate total words line by line.
- Keep 1-2 minutes for proofreading at the end to check spelling mistakes or any grammatical mistakes.
- Do not get out of track and keep focusing on the short points which you made earlier.
- Make use of connecting words to join previous to the current line. Example of connecting words are however, nevertheless, nonetheless, perhaps, albeit, also.
Type of letters for IELTS Writing Task-1–
1) Formal Letter
When you are writing to a person whom you don’t know personally is a formal letter.
Structure of a formal letter-
Dear Sir or Madam
State the intention of the letter from the first line itself. Some examples are-
I am writing with regard to
I am writing in regard to
(In formal letter never use contractions like I’m, rather use complete words).
2) Semi Formal Letter
When you know a person but have formal relationship.
No contractions of words. Tone should be semi formal.
I am writing to let you know my decision..
I am writing to inform you regarding
I am writing to invite you
3) Informal letter
When you are writing to a person you know, could be a friend.
(You can use contractions to show it is informal tone).
I’m writing to invite you for my birthday party
I wanted to let you know that I got promoted
All the best
Keep in touch
The above Ielts General Training Writing Task 1 Guidelines should be kept in mind while you start practising the letters. You can check the sample letter for IELTS Writing task-1 to get an idea about it.
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