Writing a General IELTS Part 1 Letter

If you are taking the General IELTS test or would like to brush up on your letter writing skills, this is a great lesson to create a structure that you can apply to the IELTS exam, your work and day to day activities.


Writing a General IELTS Part 1 Letter

Today, we will focus on writing a general IELTS part 1 letter with examples and templates to complete.

What do I need to include?

For the IELTS Part 1, students only need to write:

Dear … (the greeting),

The body of the text (which we’ll cover today) 

and Many kind regards, Zach. (The customary close).

Remember, you only need to write 150 words – you don’t get more points for writing more.

Are you writing a letter to your dad, employer or a random company? Each style will be slightly different. Decide on formal, semi-formal or informal tones.

Typical Letter Question

You are want to go to a work conference, and you need somebody to look after your two cats.

Write a letter to a neighbour. In the letter, explain:

  • Where and why do you want to go to the conference
  • What do you need the neighbour to do
  • A suggested time to discuss the details

Creative Writing License

Remember that one fun thing about writing is creative freedom. The paper will provide you with a  few points that you need to include, but your imagination can do the rest.

A few questions to ask yourself;

  1. What’s the neighbour’s name?
  2. How long have you lived next to each other?
  3. Explain your cat’s daily routines and what’s required.
  4. Your schedule.
  5. What’s the conference topic?

Okay, so now you have a few fun facts about the neighbour, let’s look at a structure to use to ensure a high score in your IELTS exam.

The Structure

You don’t need to include a fake address or anything like that. It would help if you chose a greeting. We’ll use the favourite and safe choice of ‘Dear…’ for this example. You can use each bullet point to create a paragraph focus for the rest of the structure. You can then use your imagination from before to start the sentences.


It’s best to say hello and lead in with a compliment or ask about another person. You don’t want to ask for something right away that might come across as pushy or rude.

Dear Daisy,

I hope you are enjoying the gorgeous weather at the moment; your gardens are looking beautiful, you can see the roses now!

Paragraph 1: First bullet point

Where and why do you want to go to the conference?

I just wanted to ask a favour, as something has just come up and I could do with a helping hand. Next week, I have been asked to go to a conference with work, and I really would like to go as it would help me progress my career. Unfortunately, I have the cats, and although they are very independent, they will need someone to come in and check on them.

Paragraph 2: Second bullet point

What do you need the neighbour to do?

You wouldn’t need to do much, I have all the supplies, but you would need to feed them in the morning and at night and check there haven’t been any accidents. They are very well-behaved, but I’m a little nervous about leaving them alone for an extended time.

Paragraph 3: Third Bullet Point

A suggestion time to discuss and meet up to arrange the details

I’m only gone from next Thursday, the 31st to the 2nd March, are you free at all? If you’re free, we could meet up for coffee to discuss this? Of course, my treat, I’m free this weekend, so let me know. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Choose a goodbye: Many Thanks, Zach.

Want to give it a go?

What would you write if you wrote another letter with the same instructions? Remember, you can be as creative as you want to be. Please submit your comments below to get them reviewed for free!

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