How to Get a High Band Score for General Writing Task One

👍General Writing Task 1 – Tips and Tricks

In Task 1 of General IELTS Training, you need to write a letter responding to a given situation, explaining the event or asking for information. In this assignment, you should spend 20 minutes to write a 150-word letter that can be personal, semi-formal, or formal, depending on the situation. Here are some helpful letter writing tips in General IELTS Training for you to improve your letter formatting knowledge and know how to structure letters.


Read Instructions Carefully

The instructions talk about the purpose , subject and recipient of your letter. Here is a model task from the British Council:

So when you are writing your letter, remember to include the following:

  1. Greetings
    It is very important to get the opening and closing of a letter correct, as this sets the tone for the rest of the letter.
  2. Reason for writing
    I am writing to complain about..
    I am writing regarding…
    I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with…
  3. Introducing the complaint
    Start by saying something positive if you want to, and then lead into the problem e.g.
  4. The first complaint
    Firstly/First of all
    The first problem/complaint/concern is…
    The first thing I would like to draw your attention to is…
  5. And another thing!
    Secondly/ Also/ In addition (to this),
    To make matters worse,
  6. Mentioning the consequences
    I’m afraid that…
    … which means that
    As a consequence…
  7. Expressing dissatisfaction
    I am very disappointed (with the phone).
    I am not at all pleased (with/about the outcome/decision).
    I am deeply unhappy (about the way I was treated).
  8. Asking for action
    I suggest that you replace the item.
    I therefore suggest that I be given a full refund.
    I would be grateful if you could give me a full refund
  9. Ending the letter
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    I look forward to receiving (your response. and in some cases… a full refund/a replacement/ an apology/ your explanation).
  • 🤔Remember that it depends on the task that you were given.

(Again, your response.) I look forward to your reply and a resolution to my problem.

Yours sincerely, … (you know the name of the person you are writing to)

Yours faithfully, … (you don’t know the name)

Regards or Best regards is also totally acceptable.