As you know, IELTS writing task 1 question is a letter which can be informal, semi-formal or formal. You are given 20 minutes to complete this task and you can write this letter in at least 150 words. The assessment criterion of marking in the writing section is the same for both letter and essay but essay carries more weight age, including the factors such as task response, lexical resource, grammar and punctuation. So, you have to write your letter keeping into account all the measuring factors.
Let us try one recently asked IELTS writing task 1 question that was reported by a student who gave exam recently. Following is the question that you can try and after you have completed it, make comparison with the sample answer given below:

IELTS Writing Task 1 Question:

You have recently been on a business trip and faced some problems at the airport. Write a letter to the airport manager and say:

  • Your flight details
  • What problem you faced
  • Suggest some improvements for the future

Start your letter from
Dear Sir/Mam

Sample Answer:

Dear Sir/Mam,
I am writing this letter to complain about spoiled food served in the Air Asia airlines.
I was travelling in the flight number 3125 from Mumbai to Singapore on 3rd October 2016 where I was served Indian food as per what I ordered.
However, the food was spoiled enough that I could not eat it and even vomited 2-3 times. I had ordered food including chicken and rice. The chicken was so bad in taste that when I took a bite, I started feeling like vomiting while the rice was also too bad in taste. This caused a lot of inconvenience to me since it ruined my travelling experience in Air Asia. Moreover, I had to take rest for a while and then only I could be in stable condition.
I, therefore, request you to take appropriate measures on serving quality food as ordered by the passengers since it directly relates to their health and travel experience for which they pay money.
Yours faithfully,
Sakshi Tiwari
(168 words)
Now, you can read some tips for the above letter and some words that you can use to write a scoring writing task.

IELTS Writing Task 1 Useful Tips

Following words or phrases can be used to write a letter effectively:

  • However
  • Moreover
  • Other than this
  • Apart from this
  • In addition to this
  • Further to this
  • Beside this
  • In spite of this
  • On the other hand
  • In contrary to this
  • On the contrary

Useful Conjunctive Words for IELTS Writing Task 1

You may use the following words/phrases in order to form complex sentences:

  • Which
  • When
  • Where
  • Since
  • While
  • Whereas
  • And
  • That
  • If
  • Otherwise
  • Until
  • Unless
  • So that
  • In order to
  • In terms of
  • In the sense that


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