IELTS GT Letter 2017 with Model Answer

The IELTS General Training letter below was reported in the IELTS test this year. It is a typical formal letter that can appear in IELTS GT writing task 1. The task was reproduced as accurately as possible by IELTS students.
IELTS General Training writing task 1 is a letter which you must write in 20 mins with over 150 words. You can find useful tips on this page: Essential Tips for IELTS GT Letter Writing. For more useful links, see below.

IELTS General Training Letter 2017

You recently read an article in newspaper about someone you know personally. You found some information is wrong. Write a letter to editor to inform him about it. Use following points:
  • What is the article about?
  • What is the error?
  • What you expect an editor to do?

IELTS GT Letter Model Answer

Dear Sir,
I am writing to you regarding the recent article you published about Sir David Markham last week, April 2nd , in The Times newspaper.
The article gives a breif biography of Sir David’s life and then continues to focus on his work and the impact it has had. The biography starts with his birth in Edinburgh and his later move in 1962 to Durham University. From there, it focuses on his work with the UN.
I would like to point out an error in your article. Documentation shows that Sir David did not go directly from Edinburgh to the University of Durham, in 1961. In fact he took a gap year in Europe working with a volunteer program and then went to University in 1962.  I know this as I worked with him in Europe and become friends with him. His year abroad, which is absent from your article, created the foundation of his philosophy of life which guided him through his work in later years.
I hope you will publish this correction in the newspaper. Sir David’s work is still of immense importance and people should know the importance of that gap year in his life.
Looking forward to a positive reply.
Yours sincerely,
Jane Frankland
Comments: Estimated band score 8. The task has been completed but there are some issues with the letter. Below are a few points highlighted:
1) Second Paragraph: breif = brief
2) Third Paragraph: become = became
3) Yours sincerely = Yours faithfully
4) Signing off the name without a title

IELTS General Training Useful Links:

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IELTS GT Model Letter: Complaint Model Letter
IELTS GT Model Letter: Invitation Model Letter
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Comments

  1. Patricia Cortezzi says:

    Liz, I really, really like your website and tips. You’re one of the best online IELTS teachers ever!

  2. Evana Rahman says:

    Hi Liz. Do I need to mention date on top left corner while writing letter?

  3. Dear Liz,
    First of all bundle of thanks for your videos and precious IELTS material.
    I could not find General IELTS writing Task 1 videos on youtube. However tips i have received. Can you please share the link if there are vidoes.

    • Sorry, I don’t have any videos made for GT yet. Don’t forget you can learn from all my writing task 2 lessons because they are the same for academic and gt tests.

  4. Hi Liz,
    My question is regarding the pattern of a letter. Do we have to leave a 2 finger space when we begin a new paragraph in a letter?

  5. Bhupinder says:

    Hello mam,
    I have one question regarding ielts GT writing task one which is letter. I want to know in the end of the letter after yours faithfully or yours sincerely name is written or not ? For instance
    Yours faithfully,
    Bhupinder Pal
    Or
    Yours sincerely,
    Bhupinder pal
    Or I have to write only yours faithfully without name ?

  6. Mam ,
    You are a gem. God bless you.

  7. Hello mam…i want to confirm one thing..is it mandatory to write date in the end of formal and semiformal letters?

  8. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for your lessons. I have a few questions regarding this writing task.

    I’ve been using the IELTS Master website to practice my writing and I noticed that they don’t sign off with titles in their names (formal letters included). Could one lose marks for not including a title when they sign off? Also, when I tried out this question, I wrote about my close friend’s business. Is this acceptable or do we have to write about the person specifically?

    Thanks

    • You won’t lose marks if you don’t use a title. However, for a formal letters you MUST write your full name. But for an informal letter you write only your first name.

  9. Hi Liz
    I want to clarify my doubt.

    If the answer is 25% as per the information provided.
    Instruction is given as NOT MORE THAN THREE WORDS.
    How shud I write the answer as;
    Twenty five percent or 25 per cent or 25%

    Is per cent counted as two words or one?

    • Always write “25%”, although the other options are possible.

      • Hi Liz,

        A quick question. When the instruction says NOT MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR ONE NUMBER, do this mean its just three words or a number?
        is this below example correct?
        25% OF THE TOTAL (This contains both the three words and a number)

        • It means it can be three words and a number, two words and a number, one word and a number but not four words with a number. It could also be a number only.

  10. Noureldin says:

    Dear Liz,
    Thank you for being very helpful through all the past months and all your videos and tips.
    I scheduled my Ielts exam (General practice) on 13th May 2017. I did many Listing, Reading and Writing tests and i am doing vocabularies. Now, that i am in the stage of running out of plans, and need your advise for the strategies of the 11 days to the exam. Please please advise.

    • Have you done practice tests? I mean full tests under exam conditions. This means you get authentic tests published by IELTS and do listening, reading and writing in 2 hours 40 mins without a break – also including using answer sheets etc. You MUST start practising full tests. You can find a link to one free test here: http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/free-practice-tests

    • I’m taking the exam the 13rd too. I have done a lot of practice with the IELTS BOOK. Unfortunately for GT there are 2 Reading and Writing per book, but the listening is the same for both GT and AC, so you have plenty of excersices to do (4 listening and speaking per book). Wish the best for you.

      • Noureldin says:

        Hi Bruno,
        Thank you for your concern and advise, to repay you :), try the” Cambridge Ielts 11 book for General training, there are 4 tests (listening, reading, writing and speaking), they were very helpful. and i suggest -as well- to try what Liz advised me to do full authentic Ielts timed test. All the best.
        PS: when you said IELTS BOOK, did you mean Cambridge book or other book?

  11. I have a question regarding contradictions. you mentioned we should not use contradictions in a formal writing. How about speaking test , for example, task 3, ( discussion). We should not use contradiction in a formal speaking either ?

    • The IELTS speaking test is not formal – the entire speaking test is informal. Also you are marked on pronunciation, using “it’s” is a pronunciation feature which is good for your band score. So, for speaking, yes use contractions.

      • thank you, liz
        than I should not use passive sentence in the speaking test either ?

        • You use passive voice when it is grammatically correct to use it, for example “the building was constructed in 2010” or “the story was written …” – these sentences might be needed in either writing or speaking. Remember this is a language test, it is about using English correctly and selecting the right tense to use at the right time. Review your basic and intermediate English grammar.

          • Hello Liz,
            Yes, but for example,
            it is argued that ……or I could argue that ….
            These sentences are too formal for speaking test, even for task 3 ?

            • It is argued…” is about other people’s opinions. “I could argue that…” is not usually used in answering direct speaking questions. This is not a formal speaking test. You need to relax and speak naturally. Imagine you are talking to a friend.

  12. OLUKITIBI TOSIN says:

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks so much for your online videos,they helped during my preparation. My writing band moved up to band 7 after following your recommendations.

    God bless you.

    Best Online IELTS teacher,no doubt

    • i’m so impressed! Well done! It’s not easy to boost your writing score to 7. You should be proud of that!! And thank you for saying my online materials helped you. Thank you for supporting me 🙂

  13. Hi Liz,

    I am bit perplexed with one of the sentences used in the second paragraph of the letter. Is it right to use become friends instead of became friends?

  14. Hello Liz, you mentioned that task 2 for academic has 2 options, 4 or 5 paragraph in total. Does this mean I can write two supporting ideas after introduction ( like firstly, secondly and then conclusion) if I want 4 paragraph ? And does it also the same for task 2 general ? I am asking this because when I learned academic writing, i was taught I need 3 supporting ideas between introduction and conclusion.

  15. Hi Liz,
    Thanks you very much for such brilliant sample test with answer.
    When you repeated University, why you wrote it with capital (U) and without an article (THE) as you were talking about a definite university? As far I was thinking, it should be (and then went to the university).

    Please elaborate,

    Yours sincerely,
    Ahmad,

  16. I really appreciate your teaching style and the tips you mentioned ,however i have a comment on your webpages that it is not interactive that mean too many links .

    • Each link is a free page of tips. Surely that’s good? All links are accessed through the main pages: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2/. Sure it’s great for students to see a page with such a long list of links providing free lessons. Let me know what you think – I’m interested to know because I’m planning to redesign my website.

  17. Hello Liz,
    I want to ask is there penalty for someone who write above 150 words? If the wordings is above 150 words can this earn the candidate additional marks.

    • You MUST write over 150 words. These are the rules. If you write under the word count, you will be penalised.

  18. Deepika Gupta says:

    Liz, I feel this answer is not in line with the task. The question says you must know the person. How can one write about some famous person? Thanks

  19. Amit Sinha says:

    Hi Liz,

    I am grateful to you for indeed an amazing job that you are doing of imparting your precious knowledge .
    I have to take ielts general exam on 13th may and i am struggling with writing.Recently i saw I recently saw a discussion essay question and tried to answer it.Would you help me understanding my errors.Here it goes.

    question : “Prevention is better than cure”.Researching and treating disease is too costly so it would be better to invest in preventive measures.

    answer. It is often argued that money should be spent wisely in preventive measures rather spending in treatment of diseases.In my opinion,i believe that it is always better to spend in prevention of diseases.This essay will discuss that how a precise planning with the help of insurance policies ,and regular health check up support this view.

    Firstly,an effective planning of dealing with health issues should be the first priority.This is because it will allow us to refrain from spending enormous amount of money at the time of treatment of disease.Also,with th growing competition between companies offering policies,it is now easy to afford their interest rate.For instance,Bajaj health insurance policy offers a plan of 4 lackhs with a monthly interst of Rs 1000 which is quite affordable.Thus it is agreed that it is sagacious way of saving money for unpredictable situation.

    Secondly,a regular health checkup ensures that we are spending our income on right place.Consultation with a doctor makes us aware of possible health issues and ways of dealing with it.Although it requires us to spend money on regular basis,but it is always appreciated as it saves us from potential damages.

    In conclusion,it is agreed that spending on prevention is way better than putting our expenditure in treatment of ailments which requires us to spend major part of our saving.Individuals should decide wisely about right investment when it comes to health issues.

  20. Dear Liz

    Thank you for the wonderful lessons you give . You are a true blessing to me and to many I believe.
    I have my test on 29th of April and I am aiming for a bandscore 8. I want to make sure I score well in writing .
    Would you please tell me if I understand the below points right .
    1. Dear Sir/Madam—Yours faithfully
    2. Dear Mr. John—-Yours sincerely
    3. Dear Jamie ( an informal letter to a friend)
    Can I use just

    “Love
    Ashish”

    Ashish is my name . Or should I use” Yours lovingly ” and then name?

    Can you please send me the link of few sample greetings and closing to score high.

    Thank you so much for all the help. 😊

  21. Hong Nghia says:

    Dear teacher ! in Vietnam, until now nobody even Ietls training schools mention about this- change to write a letter. So how i can adopt with this, i have only 1 months left to take the exam.

  22. Hello Liz,

    I am so happy to see that you shared GT writing exercises too.

  23. can we use template for the task 2 for academic

  24. ganesh pawar says:

    great article mam..
    keep us guiding, as im preparing for IELTS general
    thanks.

  25. Thank you so much like 4 this post

  26. Simon Bullock says:

    Hi Liz
    I love your site and strongly encourage all my students to use it.
    Just a small point regarding your model General writing Task 1.
    ‘Dear Sir… yours sincerely’
    Have things changed? I was always taught that with ‘Sir/Madam’ we use ‘yours faithfully’.

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