Improve the Writing Score in IELTS

To improve the writing score, IELTS candidates should use effective language in their letters.
Let us look at some important phrases which can used in a letter of complaint. You don’t have to memorize all of them, just choose one relevant phrase for each paragraph and use the same in all letters of complaints.

For Paragraph 1 (Introduction of the letter)
  • I am writing to complain about ……
  • I am writing in regard to ……
  • The reason I am writing to you is ………..
  • I am writing to express my concern about ………..
  • I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with ……….
  • I would like to bring the matter of ………to your attention
  • I would like to draw your attention to ………
For Paragraph 2 (Explaining the problem)
  • You can imagine how unhappy I was to discover …..
  • I was supposed to receive ……… Unfortunately, that never happened.
  • I regret to inform you that your service was below my expectations.
  • I regret to inform you that your service was highly disappointing.
  • When I tried to contact the manager by phone, no one could offer a sensible answer to me.
  • When I called the office, no one responded.
  • I contacted your manager/representative last week ….. Unfortunately, he denied me the service that I requested.
For Paragraph 3 (Proposing a solution)
  • I insist on getting a refund of …
  • Please look into this matter as soon as possible.
  • I believe that this matter deserves your urgent attention
  • I hope you can settle this matter by giving a full refund of the amount ….
  • The ideal solution would be …

Conclude your letter in the following manner:
If you know the name of person you are writing to, you should write
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely,
Your name

If you don’t know the name of person you are writing to, you should write
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Your name

Some sample letter are here… at category->IELTS-preparation->IELTS-letter-writing

IELTS Band7

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General Training Writing Task 1: a letter to a pen friend

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You have a pen friend living in another country and he/she is curious to know about the major news items in your country.
Briefly describe ONE news story that has been on TV, on the radio or in the newspapers in your country and explain why people are interested in it.
Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write your own address.

Begin your letter as follows:
Dear ………..

Sample Answer

Dear Asha,

I hope you are doing well. It has been ages since I wrote to you. I was very busy with my board examinations. It is a big step towards my future. It seems to me as if the whole world is gearing up for a new beginning with unexpectedly surprising measures.

As for India, we are all demonetizing our ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes to battle black money. The expected amount to be ‘found’ is around £200 Billion GBP. Just take a moment to soak that all in. This is a gigantic move for India as sadly there is a lot of bribery and black money handling. Heck, every single person in India could be a mini millionaire if all of its wealth were to be distributed equally among its citizens.

Honestly, from my point of view the situation is pretty hilarious. As just yesterday people were trying to rake in as much money as possible, the bigger notes the better. And just in a matter of hours people went from gazing lovingly to simply hostilely glaring at bundles of money. Don’t you think all this is very humorous too?

But enough about my country, what about you? How do you feel about Donald Trump being elected? What new and unexpected things do you think will happen next?

Your buddy,
Diksha Ramola

(209 Words and IELTS Band Level 8.5)

IELTS BAND7

IELTS General Training Writing Task 1: Letter of complaint

Writing Task 1 : Letter of complaint

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You recently bought a piece of equipment for your home but it did not work. You phoned the shop but no action was taken.
Write a letter to the shop manager. In your letter

  • describe the problem with the equipment
  • explain what happened when you phoned the shop
  • say what you would like the manager to do

Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Sample Answer

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with the inferior quality of a mobile phone which I bought from your renowned store last week.

The first malfunction that I noticed in the phone was its short battery life. Its battery discharges within an hour of charging. Apart from that, the device becomes extremely hot when I charge it. I found another problem when I clicked some photos. Even though this phone has an eight mega pixel camera, the photos were terribly blurred. Initially, I thought my hand shook while taking the pictures. But, even after keeping the phone in a fixed position, the same problem persisted. You can imagine how unhappy I was to discover these technical faults in such an expensive model.

Naturally, I contacted the store to report the problem. Your representative said that this model was out of stock and I would have to wait for a week for replacement. Unfortunately, I did not receive any information about the new stock arrival in the last three weeks. When I called the representative, he was unable to give a sensible answer to me.

I am very disappointed with both the equipment and the service I have received. Therefore, I expect a full refund of 30,000 rupees as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Priya Chamoli

This sample answer contains 219 Words.

IELTS Band7

IELTS Letter Sample Answer # Home Stay

You should spend 20 minutes on this task.

You have got selected for an English course in Oxford and will be living at “home stay”.

Write a letter to your host family. In your letter –

  • Introduce yourself.
  • ask the family for some information
  • tell the family about your arrival date and time

You should write at least 150 words.


Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Anmol and have been selected for my ‘honours’ with Oxford University. Recently, I received a letter from the university that you will be taking care of my stay in London.

I am an Indian, currently working as the ‘project lead’ with an MNC. In my family, I have my parents and a younger brother who is presently doing his ‘Masters in Technology’ from MIT.

It will be great if you could tell me about other facilities apart from the accommodation, specifically regarding weather and some information about the transportation facilities especially during odd hours i.e. 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. In addition, it will be very nice of you to inform me about various ways to commute from your place to the university. Even more how can I reach your place from the airport.

I’ll be arriving on January 23, although my course commences on January 28.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Anmol.

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