IELTS (General Training) has a letter writing task. These letters are tested on many on how well you follow the instructions while ensuring continuity of thoughts, precise usage of words and variety of sentence structures. Among many other samples on this website, this sample is written by our current student Tanmay.

The letter may score about 8 bands in real IELTS.

You may spend 20 minutes on the task.

You stayed with overseas friend last month.

Write a letter to your overseas friend. In this letter:

  • Thank him or her for the photos and for the holidays
  • Explain why you didn’t write earlier
  • Invite him or her for an event in your country

 Begin your letter as follows:



Dear Tom,

I hope this letter finds you in the pink of your health. Our last holiday which I
spent at your home last month was an absolute delight.

I want to express my gratitude for the lovely holiday. The photos you have sent
me are gorgeous and have really captured the joy and holiday spirit. To add to
this, comfortable stay and homely food was a cherry on top. I also want to
thank your parents who were nice and accommodating.

I regret the delay on writing to you but was neck deep in my college assignments
which I missed during our holiday. Also, due to an emergency I had to shift to
a new apartment. As the new apartment I moved in is very far from my current
address, I had to undergo the ordeal of packing and moving all my belongings
which took a lot of time.

Last but not least I would like to invite you to stay at my home for the Christmas
holidays which are in three months from now. I have already spoken to my
parents and have made arrangements for your stay. I have a list of fun
activities planned for us in addition to the Christmas celebrations and dinner.

I hope to hear from you soon about the exact date of your arrival so that I can
personally receive you at the airport. I am sending you my current address with
this letter.

Warm regards,


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