General IELTS Writing Task 1: A Semi-formal Letter & Sample Answers – IELTS General Training


You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Your local newspaper is asking for feedback on a plan to improve your suburb. Write a letter to the newspaper. In your letter

   introduce yourself

   explain why you support some parts of the plan (e.g. improvements to parks, transport, recreational facilities etc.)

   give reasons why you do not support one part of the plan

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter:

To the Editor


Sample answer Band Score 8

To the Editor,

I have lived Summertown for nearly twenty years so I have a good understanding of our suburb. Overall, I am really impressive with the plan to improve the area and think there are some great initiatives for all residents.

In particular, the upgrade to Myers Park will be a benefit for the community. At the moment it is a run down place in the heart of our community but putting in a new playground, seating and lighting will be a fantastic idea. I also think combined bus and train station will make travelling to and from the city more effective and hopefully lead to less congestion streets. Another important development is to make High Street a pedestrian precinct as it should help to bring shopper back into the central area. However, I’m opposed to demolishing the public swimming pool because this is a vital public resource that should be preserved.

Thank you for inviting this feedback on the very interesting plan.

Best wishes,

Helmut Scrivener


(163 words)



Task Achievement: 9  The answer fully satisfies all the requirements of the task by clearly presenting a fully developed response.


Coherence and Cohesion: 8  Information and ideas are sequenced logically. The writer manages all aspects of cohesion well and uses paragraphing appropriately.


Lexical Resource: 8  The writer uses a wide range of vocabulary fluently and flexibly to convey precise meaning. There are occasional errors in word choice or word formation.


Grammatical Range and Accuracy: 7  A variety of complex structures has been used. The writer has good control of grammar and punctuation although there are a few errors.

General IELTS Writing Task 1: A Semi-formal Letter & Sample Answers – IELTS General Training
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