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For this task, you will be presented with a situation and will need to write a personal response explaining the situation or requesting information about the situation in the form of an informal, semi-formal or formal letter.

This task assesses your ability to follow English letter-writing conventions (i.e. what order to put information in, what style to use, how to start and finish a letter), to use language accurately and appropriately and to organise and link information coherently and cohesively.

  • - You should spend about 20 minutes on this part.
  • - Write at least 150 words
QUESTION:

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:

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,


Word Count: 0


Transition words are highlighted in red
Advanced grammar structures are highlighted in green
Topic vocabulary are highlighted in blue

Dear Ms. Snyder, 

I am writing to request time off for an annual holiday trip with my family. 

Each year, my extended family members plan a family reunion in Sacramento, California. Since we all live so far away, these reunions have always been great opportunities for us to see each other and reconnect. It is for this reason that I would need to use some of my holiday time in August. 

Since the reunion falls on Sunday, August 25th, I would be available to work up until Friday, August 24th. Thus, I am formally requesting time off from Monday, August 26th until Friday, August 30th. I would be available to return to work on Monday, September 2nd.

I fully realize that August is our busiest period, and taking holiday during this time could potentially increase the workload of my colleagues. As such, I would be more than happy to take on any overtime in early August or during the month of September. 

Thank you for your understanding. I look forward to your response. 

Sincerely, 

Becky Range
 

Word Count: 176


Score Report

Scoring 
In short, this is a Band 9 essay. Let's look at how it would rate in the scoring areas:

Task Achievement/Response  - The essay covers the three main points in the task – the writer asks for time off and clearly explains why, she provides the dates and times for which she will be unavailable to work, and she describes what she will do to make up for her absence. All in all, these themes are touched upon and described in the letter.

Coherence and Cohesion – The essay was clearly organized, contained different paragraphs per each point as well as spaces after each paragraph. Each idea flowed nicely after the other and was semi-formal in tone. Transitions were used well.

Lexical Resource: A table below will showcase the lexical resource. In general, the essay contained useful vocabulary that was specific to the letter's theme of family reunions and the business setting. The letter contains authentic phrases such as “more than happy” to get the point across.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy: A table below will showcase the grammatical structures. In general, the conditional form was used, as the writer is making a request to her boss and realizes that nothing has been approved yet. Present perfect was used when necessary.

Potential Areas for Improvement: While the structure, task achievement, and cohesion were excellent, the writer could have used more transition words, especially in the beginning of the last paragraph regarding taking on overtime. While the grammar used worked well for the letter, more advanced structures could have been used.

 

Topic Vocabulary

Grammar Structures

Transition Words

These vocabulary words are either specific to the theme of work, holiday, or advanced-level vocabulary:

- extended family
- family reunion
- formally requesting
- workload
- take on
- overtime
- colleagues
- more than happy

…have always been… - Present Perfect

I would be able/available/need/be – Conditional Phrases


 

Since…
It is for this reason…
Thus…
As such…

Key Words Found in this practice

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SAMPLE IELTS Writing Report

SAMPLE Score Summary
5.5 / 9
Task Fulfillment
Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)
Coherence & Cohesion
SAMPLE Grammar Corrections & Feedback
Correction Legend

Corrections in red
Academic language suggestion in blue

Detailed Feedback

Probably one of the worst problem problems of this decade is the uncontrolled growth of the population. In a century, we have our population has passed to be one or two billions billion, to be more than seven billios billion of people. This has provided resulted in huge, harmful consequences.

For example To elaboratesome of these are the lack of food, the need for more farming lands, or the desire for new productive production systems. The dearth of land constitute constitutes the main issue. Nowadays, the superstructure has become incredibly harmful for to natural habits and animals. It has destroyed several ecosystems which provided food and home homes for a large range of fauna.

Certainly Next, the need for expantion expansion it is an important reason to enlarge towns and cities. But, despite an initial advantage, it will be a serious problem in a few years. Actually, it already is. We have to think to of renewable way ways to build and work, using and use the space that we already have, instead of expand expanding and invade invading the natural enviroment environment. This would just harm endangered animals and plants that are the base for the natural ecosystem.

Burning Finally, burning wood or deforest deforesting it, it is not the solution. We have several examples we can consider. Probably the most striking case is the Amazonian Amazon rainforest. The uncontrolled Uncontrolled deforestation has provided several issues to the enviroment environment. First of all, the lack of oxygen, is due to the cut of tropical tree trees cut, which are the main productors producers of the gas. Not Moreover, this is not considering the loss of natural diversity that affect affects also our climate.

In conclusion, I strongly think that the lack of lands land must not be the reason to destroy our world. It certanly certainly won't will not be a loss for all the humankind not saving to save the endangered animals. Think to of our children who never will see a chita cheetah or a polare polar bear. A multitude of countries have recognized the problem, and they are moving to solutions that implied imply renewable and clear clean energy.

Task Achievement:

Although you have structured your essay well, upon reading your introduction I noticed you have not provided a good hook and thesis statement and you have not stated your opinion, that is whether you agree or disagree with the statement.
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SAMPLE Criteria Score Reports

Task Achievement   7/9

• covers the requirements of the task
• presents a clear purpose, with the tone consistent and appropriate
• clearly presents and highlights key features/bullet points but could be more fully extended

Task achievement is about how well you present a clear overview of main trends, the main features, and comparisons where relevant. IELTS raters are looking for a response that answers these three aspects directly, with relevant ideas that are fully developed.

How to Improve

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Grammatical Range and Accuracy   5/9

• uses only a limited range of structures
• attempts complex sentences but these tend to be less accurate than simple sentences
• may make frequent grammatical errors and punctuation may be faulty; errors can cause some difficulty for the reader

Grammatical Range and Accuracy is about how you use English grammar, sentence structure, and the basic conventions of writing. Raters want to see that you can use what you know correctly, and that you can use a wide variety of structures to express your ideas.

How to Improve

The best way to improve your grammar in writing is to have a...

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Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)    6/9

• uses an adequate range of vocabulary for the task
• attempts to use less common vocabulary but with some inaccuracy
• makes some errors in spelling and/or word formation, but they do not impede communication

Lexical Resource (Vocabulary) is about how you use English words. Raters are looking for writing that uses different words correctly and accurately, and that uses a wide range of words that help readers understand.

How to Improve

To improve your vocabulary in the Independent Writing task, we recommend you study...

Coherence & Cohesion    4/9

• presents information and ideas but these are not arranged coherently andthere is no clear progression in the response
• uses some basic cohesive devices but these may be inaccurate or repetitive
• may not write in paragraphs or their use may be confusing

Coherence and connections are about how you put your ideas together and link different sentences to each other. Raters want to see sentences that flow smoothly from idea to idea without confusing the reader.

How to Improve

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Sample Grammar Correction


Probably one of the worst problem problems of this decade is the uncontrolled growth of the population. In a century, we have our population has passed to be one or two billions billion, to be more than seven billios billion of people. This has provided resulted in huge, harmful consequences.

For example To elaboratesome of these are the lack of food, the need for more farming lands, or the desire for new productive production systems. The dearth of land constitute constitutes the main issue. Nowadays, the superstructure has become incredibly harmful for to natural habits and animals. It has destroyed several ecosystems which provided food and home homes for a large range of fauna.

Certainly Next, the need for expantion expansion it is an important reason to enlarge towns and cities. But, despite an initial advantage, it will be a serious problem in a few years. Actually, it already is. We have to think to of renewable way ways to build and work, using and use the space that we already have, instead of expand expanding and invade invading the natural enviroment environment. This would just harm endangered animals and plants that are the base for the natural ecosystem.

Burning Finally, burning wood or deforest deforesting it, it is not the solution. We have several examples we can consider. Probably the most striking case is the Amazonian Amazon rainforest. The uncontrolled Uncontrolled deforestation has provided several issues to the enviroment environment. First of all, the lack of oxygen, is due to the cut of tropical tree trees cut, which are the main productors producers of the gas. Not Moreover, this is not considering the loss of natural diversity that affect affects also our climate.

In conclusion, I strongly think that the lack of lands land must not be the reason to destroy our world. It certanly certainly won't will not be a loss for all the humankind not saving to save the endangered animals. Think to of our children who never will see a chita cheetah or a polare polar bear. A multitude of countries have recognized the problem, and they are moving to solutions that implied imply renewable and clear clean energy.

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