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IELTS General Writing Task 1 - Informal Letters Questions

Ron Ross October 2nd, 2019

IELTS General Writing Task 1 - Informal Letter Questions

This section presents a list of common IELTS General Writing Task 1 - Informal Letter questions. If you want to prepare for the IELTS Writing Test, these questions are a must study.

Question 1:

You are having a party and want to invite your friend from a different city.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • Describe why you are having the party
  • Give directions on how to get to the venue
  • Suggest how you can accommodate him/her

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ___,


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Question 2:

Your friend's dog has recently passed away.

Write a letter to console your friend. In your letter:

  • Express your sympathy
  • Include memories you have about the dog
  • Invite your friend to do something with you

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ___,


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Question 3:

You recently took a long vacation. In your absence, a friend did you a huge favor.

Write a letter thanking your friend. In your letter:

  • Explain what the favor was
  • Describe how this favor helped you
  • Offer compensation

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ___,


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Question 4:

Your friend invited you to his/her birthday party, but you are unable to attend.

Write a letter apologizing for your absence. In your letter:

  • State why you cannot go
  • Explain your reason for not contacting your friend sooner
  • Suggest another time to meet

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ___,


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Question 5:

A friend of yours is going on holiday soon and has asked you to recommend a destination.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • Recommend a good place for a holiday that you have visited
  • Describe where you stayed and what you can do there
  • Provide one negative aspect about the destination

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ___,


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Question 6:

You are moving to a new city for work and have just realized that an old friend lives in the city.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • Ask them for advice in finding accommodation
  • Tell them where you would like to live
  • Tell them the type of place you are looking for

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ___,


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Question 7:

You play a team sport with some friends. Last week a member of the team had an accident and wasn't able to play with you

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • Tell him which team won
  • Describe the weather conditions that day
  • Say how you felt about the match

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ___,


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Question 8:

One of your friends has asked you to be a partner in his new business.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • Give your opinion of your friend's business idea
  • Tell him whether or not you have decided to accept the offer
  • Explain your reasons for this decision

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Mark,


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Question 9:

You recently went on a trip with a friend and you both took some photographs.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • Ask your friend to send you a particular photograph
  • Explain why you need that particular photograph
  • Tell your friend what happened to your copy of it

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Brendan,


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Question 10:

You are going on holiday and have just remembered that your aunt lives in one of the cities you will be visiting.

Write a letter to your aunt. In your letter:

  • Tell her about your holiday plans
  • Ask if you can stay with her for a portion of the trip
  • Explain how you will make it up to her

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Aunt Sally,


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Question 11:

You and a friend have both been accepted to a study abroad program in Paris, France.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • Congratulate him/her for also being accepted
  • Ask him/her if he/she would like to be your roommate
  • Discuss possible activities that the two of you could do together

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ___,


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Question 12:

An English-speaking friend wants to spend a two-week holiday in your region and has written asking for information and advice.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • Offer to find somewhere to stay
  • Give advice about what to do
  • Give information about what clothes to bring

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sally,


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Question 13:

You have recently started work in a new company.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • Explain why you changed jobs
  • Describe your new job
  • Tell him/her your other news

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ___,


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Question 14:

You have recently moved to a different city.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • Explain why you decided to move to a different city
  • Describe the new city and accommodation
  • Ask your friend to arrange a visit

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ___,


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Question 15:

You have been busy with your studies for the past month and haven't had time to visit your family.

Write a letter to your grandmother. In your letter:

  • Apologize for not getting in touch with her sooner
  • Explain why you have been so busy
  • Arrange a time to visit

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Grandmother,


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