Model IELTS General Task 1 essay: Formal 

Jan 20, 2020 | IELTS, IELTS Test, IELTS Writing

Below you will find a model answer for a Formal IELTS Writing Task 1 letter. 

This letter is likely to score from 8.5-9.0 on test day.

It follows this general template…

  1. Salutation
  2. 1st Paragraph about bullet point 1
  3. 2nd Paragraph about bullet point 2
  4. 3rd Paragraph about bullet point 3
  5. Sign off 

The Question

Write a letter to the manager of your local bus service. They have recently made some changes to the bus services which created inconveniences for you. 

 In your letter, explain:

  • what are the changes
  • the problems you are facing
  • which parts of the service you would like to change

The Answer

Dear Sir/Madam, 

I am writing to provide feedback with regard to changes to your bus service. As you know, the recent renovation work has caused significant disruption to timetabled services. The changes to the bus routes have increased my commuting time significantly.

My commute time of 30 minutes has now been extended to over two hours. Moreover, it takes me 20 minutes to walk from my home to the new bus stop. These changes mean I need to commute for almost five hours a day, which is frustrating, to say the least. 

I would like to ask for more intelligent timetabling. Would it be possible to run a direct bus to the city centre that only takes passengers from New Park? Also, it would be appreciated if you could increase the number of buses operating on the route during peak hours.  

I look forward to hearing from you.  


David Tennant 

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