IELTS Writing Task One #11


You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

An English-speaking friend has written to you to ask you how your IELTS studies are going.
Write a letter telling your friend how you are preparing for the test.
In your letter:

  • say what progress you are making
  • explain how you are preparing for the test
  • say which section you are finding the most difficult

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write your own address.

model answer:

Dear Shelley,

Thanks for your reply. It’s good to hear from you again and I hope you are doing well. My preparation for the IELTS is going OK but I don’t have enough time for studying. I am too tired in the evenings after a full day in the office, so I have to rely on the weekends. I might need to book some private lessons if I want a good score.

One thing I like to do is to read newspapers in English whilst I travel to work on the train. This is helping me with my vocabulary and grammar. I also send out emails in English to practise for the writing section. When I get home I like to watch British TV shows, with the subtitles turned off. My listening skills have improved greatly since I started watching TV, which is more interesting than listening to music.

The most difficult section for me is the writing section because my grammar is not good enough. I am trying my best to learn the rules of English but some of the verbs seem to have more than one meaning and this is causing me trouble. I hope to sit the test in about three months.

Best wishes,