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IELTS General Writing Task 1 - Semi-formal Letters Questions

Ron Ross October 2nd, 2019

IELTS General Writing Task 1 - Semi-formal Letter Questions

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

Question 1:

You were absent from an important event held by the company you work for.

Write a letter to your manager. In your letter:

  • Apologize for your absence and explain the reasoning
  • Explain why you had to be at the other event
  • Explain what you will do to catch up

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Mr. Brannagan


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Question 2:

You need to take some time off of work to go on holiday.

Write a letter to your direct manager. In your letter:

  • Ask for time off and explain why
  • Provide the dates and times for which you will be unavailable to work
  • Describe what you will do to prepare or make up for your absence

Write at least 150 words. 

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Ms. Snyder,


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Question 3:

You are due to move into a rented apartment next week but you will not be able to due to an unexpected problem.

Write a letter to the property manager. In your letter

  • Explain the situation
  • Describe your problems
  • Tell him/her when you think you can move in

Write at least 150 words. 

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Ms. Williams


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Question 4:

You applied to a job, were offered the position, but have decided not to accept the offer.

Write a letter to the HR supervisor with whom you interviewed. In your letter:

  • Explain the reason why you are declining the offer
  • Describe your reasons for staying with your current position
  • Express your gratitude

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Ms. Barry,


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Question 5:

You have been living in a rental apartment for the past year. Recently, a new neighbor moved in who has loud parties several times a week.

Write a letter to your landlord. In your letter:

  • Explain the situation
  • Describe why it bothers you
  • Suggest a solution

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Mr. Ronch


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Question 6:

You are having a graduation party next Sunday evening. You have invited over 25 people to celebrate in your garden, which may continue late into the night.

Write a letter to your elderly neighbor. In your letter:

  • Explain what will be happening
  • Offer your apologies in advance
  • Invite him to join the celebration

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Mr. Kulligowski


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Question 7:

Although you are meant to present your thesis project in one month, your sister is getting married in Spain at the same time. You would like to change dates for your presentation.

Write a letter to your professor. In your letter:

  • Explain the situation
  • Remind the professor of your academic achievements to date
  • Ask for a different date to present your thesis

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Professor Simons,


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Question 8:

You have received a job offer for an exciting, new position. Although you are expected to start on September 7th, you are only available to start a week later due to personal reasons.

Write a letter to your new boss. In your letter:

  • Express your enthusiasm for the job offer
  • Explain the problem
  • Suggest what you can do

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Ms. Mcllwain,


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Question 9:

You have been invited to a networking conference for your field of work.

Write a letter to your boss. In your letter:

  • Describe the invitation you received and why it is important to you
  • Explain why the conference would be beneficial for you and the company
  • Ask for the company for time off to attend and to cover some of the travel costs

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Mr. Powell,


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Question 10:

You are going to spend your vacation in Rome, Italy. Your friend's grandfather lives there and has offered to let you stay in his apartment.

Write a letter to your friend's grandfather. In your letter:

  • Thank him for the offer but politely decline
  • Inform him of when you will be in Rome and your travel plans
  • Invite him for an outing

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear. Mr. Harris


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Question 11:

You have been  assigned to give a networking presentation with your colleague from a different office, who you met last year.

Write a letter to your colleague. In your letter:

  • Inform your colleague that you will be working together
  • Provide your initial ideas on the networking presentation
  • Ask for a time to meet and practice the presentation

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Ms. Petitto,


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Question 12:

You have had a problem with your neighbor for the past few months. You have not been able to meet with your neighbor to discuss the problem.

Write a letter to your neighbor. In your letter:

  • Explain the problem
  • Suggest a solution
  • Say what action you will take if the situation does not improve

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Ms. Granger,


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Question 13:

You have been working with your company for two years and are interested in a promotion.

Write a letter to your direct boss. In your letter:

  • Explain your varied achievements over the past two years
  • Express your interest in growing with the company
  • Ask for a meeting to discuss a potential promotion

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Mr. Phillips,


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Question 14:

Your child's teacher has requested a meeting with you this Friday to discuss your child's low test scores. Unfortunately, you cannot attend.

Write a letter to your child's teacher. In your letter

  • Describe why you cannot attend the meeting
  • Explain how you have been helping your child study
  • Propose another time to meet

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Mr. Smith,


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Question 15:

You have been going to a piano teacher for the past month. However, it no longer fits in your budget or busy schedule

Write a letter to your piano teacher. In your letter:

  • Thank him for his efforts and time
  • Explain the changes in your circumstances
  • Explain that you may be able to pick it up again

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Mr. Vittorio,


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