IELTS Writing Task One #9

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.

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write your own address.

model answer:

Dear Alison,

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

I’d like to study Computer Science at university in US next year and I hope you can give me some advice. I think I would prefer NYC because I know a few people from my visit last year.

This year I’m doing maths 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,


(160 words)