IELTS GT Writing Task 1 - You have a friend who lives in a city abroad

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You have a friend who lives in a city abroad. You have decided that you would like to apply to do a course at one of the colleges in this city.
Write to your friend explaining what you would like to do. Tell him/her what type of work or studies you have been doing for the past few years and ask for assistance in contacting an appropriate institution. In your letter:

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ................. ,


Sample Answer 1 (158 Words, 11 Sentences, 6 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Rachel,

Sorry, I haven't written for ages. I have been so busy over the last year and I never seem to have a minute to myself.

I'd like to study electrical engineering at university in Australia next year and I hope you can give me some advice. I think I would prefer Melbourne because I know a few people from my visit last year.This year I'm doing math and physics at school and I hope to do well in my exams. However, I really don't know which university to apply to, so could you send me some information about different colleges? Also, can you find out what qualifications I need? For instance, as an overseas student, do I have to take an English test?

I hope you don't mind doing this for me. It is much better to get this information from someone who lives in the country, so I hope to hear from you soon. Many thanks.

Your Faithfully,
George Baker.

Sample Answer 2 (158 Words, 12 Sentences, 7 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Mary,

Hi! There, it has been so long since I have heard from you. How is the weather there in Australia? I am writing this letter to ask you some information about the courses offered at different colleges in Brisbane.

After the completion of my post-graduation in chemistry, I have been working as a chemist in one of the best laboratories in India. My regular duties are to analyze the quality of food products as well as to check whether they pass NABL prescribed standards or not. As my employer is pleased with my work he has handed over me a new responsibility of molecular modelling. I do not have any perfection in that field. So, I would like to join a molecular designing course over there in your city.

I would be thankful to you if you search and inform me the details of the appropriate institution with relevant contact numbers.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours,
Vishwa.
(Source: Written by - Vinutna Rahul)

(NB: Follow the above band 9 writing structure for getting good band score in IELTS Exam. This Sample answer can be followed as an example of a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches.)

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