In IELTS Writing Task 1 General you have to write an answer to a given situation in a letter. This letter should be at least 150 words long. You have about 20 minutes to do this task.
Task 1, General
There are several types of letters in IELTS Writing Task 1 General See examples below:
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- Writing to your friend about the trip you had recently
- Writing to your boss about problems at work
- Writing to the local newspaper with some suggestion
- Writing to your landlord to ask to fix something in your apartment
- Writing a formal complaint to a restaurant manager
- Writing to your penfriend abroad to ask about their time at college
Depending on the type of letter you will need to use different style of writing. It can be formal, informal or a combination of both. Please note that if you fail to choose the appropriate register your score will be considerably lowered. Check the page about formal and informal expressions to learn more.
Your letter is assessed based on four aspects, each making up to 25% percent of your total score.
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Your letter should be effective at delivering the message you try to make with it (If the person fully understands what you want from him after reading your letter, then you did well).
2. Coherence and cohesion
Your letter should be clear and logical. You have to use various ways to connect your sentences and paragraphs(you should use linking words and linking verbs, cohesive devices(), pronouns). You have to logically divide your letter into paragraphs.
3. Lexical resource
You should demonstrate that you know many words — and use them appropriately. Try not to repeat the same word if you know a synonym for it. Your spelling should not have mistakes.
4. Grammatical range and accuracy
You should show the knowledge of different grammatical constructions. These constructions should not have any mistakes. (If you are not sure how to use a construction, it is better to use a more simple one that you will not make any mistakes in)