IELTS General Writing Task 1 – Topic: Apology - IELTS Writing Task 1 for General Training - Topic Apology - IELTS Writing Task 1 for General Training - Topic Apology

There are a rich variety of topics for IELTS General Writing Task 1  such as Apology, Request, Enquires, Thanks, Job Applications, Opinion, Invitations, Delay, Sharing.

For this post, you can get an insight into how to write an apology letter from the Band 8.0+ Model Answers below.


Topic 1

Your heighbours have recently written to you to complain about the noise from your houselflat.
Write a letter to your neighbours. In your letter

  • explain the reasons for the noise
  • apologise
  • describe what action you will take

Dear James,

I was very shocked to get your letter saying that the noise from my flat has been spoiling your evenings and causing you some distress. I am really, really sorry about that. I had no idea that you would be able to hear so much, so I hope you will accept my apologies.

As you may have guessed, I am trying to refit my kitchen in the evenings when I get home from work. Unfortunately it is all getting longer than expected and I have been having problems with getting things to fit properly. This has meant to a lot of banging and hammering.

As the kitchen is still not finished, I have decided to call in a professional builder who will finish the work in the next day or two. He’ll work only during daytime hours, so you won’t be disturbed in the evenings again, I promis.

Sorry to have caused these problems,


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Topic 2: 

You borrowed an important textbook from a classmate last term. 
You now realise your classmate has returned home overseas and you still have the book.
Write a letter to him/her. In your letter
  • apologise fro the mistake
  • find out how important the book is to him/her
  • say what you will do

Dear Yuki,

I hope you had a safe journey back to Japan, and that your family are all well.

I am writing to say that I’m sorry for not giving you back the book ‘English Grammar in Use’ which I borrowed from you last term. You lent it to me just before the exams to help me prepare for them, and yesterday I found it under my bed.

Please let me know straight away if you need this book for your studies right now, or whether you can manage without it.

If you really need it, I can post it for you by airmail immediately. If not, do you mind if I send it by ordinary mail as it quite heavy? Or, if you prefer, I can send seme money insead. Please let me know what you want me to do.

I hope you enjoy the holiday.

Topic 3:

You are an international student and have borrowed a book from the local public library.

You left the book on a bus and when you contacted the bus company, they could not find it.
Write a letter to the librarian explaining the situation and asking what you should do.

Dear Sir,

Last week I borrowed an English grammar book, “English Grammar Exercises” from your library to help me improve my knowledge of English. It was extremely useful, so when I went to visit a friend I took the book with me to show her how good it was.

Unfortunately, when I was on the bus going home, I fell asleep and missed my bus stop. I woke up at the next stop and rushed forward to the driver to ask him to stop but forgot to bring the book. As a result, the book was left on the bus. When I rang the bus company the next day, they could not find it and suggested that somebody must have picked it up.

Could you please let me know what I have to do now? As I am an international student I do not have very much money, but of course I will pay for a new copy of the book if this is necessary.

Yours faithfully,

Topic 4:

You are due to start a new job next week but you will not be able to because you have some problems.

Write a letter to your new employer. In your letter:
• explain your situation
• describe your problems
• tell him/her when you think you can start.

Dear Ms Barnes,

I am writing concerning the position of Assistant Office Manager that I am due to begin next Monday. However, a problem has arisen.

As you know, I currently work for my uncle’s food-packing business, and you will remember from my interview that I have gained valuable experience there.
Unfortunately, he has had to go into hospital for an operation, leaving my aunt in charge of both the home and the business. She has asked me, as this is a particularly
busy time of year, to stay on and help her with the running of the office.

I realise this will be inconvenient to you, but very much hope that, given the circumstances, you would be prepared to allow me to take up my position with you two
weeks later than planned.

I would like to emphasise that I remain very keen to work with you, and that I will be gaining further useful experience during this time.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

John Forbes

Topic 5:

You borrowed some books from your school or college library. Unfortunately you have to go away to visit a sick relative and cannot return the books in time.
Write a letter to the library. Explain what has happened and tell them what you want to do about it.

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing this letter to explain why I have been unable to return the three books have out on three-day loan, which are now overdue.
After taking the books out on 16th March, I had an urgent phone call from my elderly aunt’s neighbour to say that my aunt had had a fall and had been taken into hospital. I am her only surviving relative in this country, so I felt I had to go and see her immediately. I travelled down to Surrey the following morning, thinking I would stay for only two or three days.
Unfortunately, my aunt’s condition has only improved very slowly, so I have had to stay here longer than expected. However, the hospital says that if all goes well, she should be able to go home in two or three days’ time, in which case I will be back at the beginning of next week.

Dealing in mind the circumstances I trust you will kindly waive any fines that may have accumulated.

Yours sincerely,
Huy Bill

Hope you have found the above sample letters about Apology topic useful for you.

IELTS General Writing Task 1 – Topic: Apology
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