Request of information Letter # IELTS Writing Task 1

General Writing Task – 1

Question – Request of information Letter
Task – 1
You have a friend who live in a city abroad. You have decided that you would like to apply to do a course at one of the colleges in the city. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:
• Explain what you would like to do.
• Explain what kind of work or studies you have been doing for the past few years.
• Ask for assistance in contacting an appropriate institution.
Write at least 150 words.

Dear Amit,

I am writing to you to get some information about the course which I am planning to pursue from London where you currently reside. As I have insufficient knowledge about the colleges there, I thought of you as the best person to guide me.

I have been working in the area of Banking and Finance for nearly 8 years after having completed my bachelor degree in Finance. I have come to this point in my life where I have gained immense practical experience but somehow I feel the need to upgrade my current skill-set. Thereby, I wish to complete a Masters in Banking and Finance from a college in London.
I have searched for many colleges which offer this degree but the more I try to do so the more confused I get. As you are based in London, you would be the right person to advise me about the most suitable colleges that impart education in my area of interest.

I would be truly obliged if you could send me some information regarding the most feasible institutions which provide courses in banking and finance, so that I can decide and apply for the course as soon as possible.

Yours truly,
Kavita from Dehradun

Percentage Of Poverty-1 # Bar Graph

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The graph below shows the percentage of households, grouped by poverty, on the basis of access to refrigerator, electricity and water in Ghana for the year 1991/1992 to 1998/1999.
Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.

Percentage Of Poverty

Bar Graph



The graph illustrates the level of poverty amongst households in Ghana over a period of seven years i.e. from 1991/92 to 1998/99, grouped according to the access of refrigerator, electricity and water.

Initially, most of the houses having access to electricity and water were non-poor with the percentage being 73% and 76% respectively whereas refrigerator did not have much effect on financial condition of household with only 24% of households being non-poor. In addition, 11%, 57% and 69% of households living under poor conditions had access to refrigerator, electricity and water respectively.  However, 48% of households with availability of electricity were in very poor situations while 3% and 55% with refrigerator and water found themselves categorized as very poor.

Over a period of seven years, the number of households categorized as non-poor accessing refrigerator, electricity and water substantially increased to 37%, 85% and 80% respectively. Although the percentage of very poor remained constant in case of refrigerator, it declined to 34% in case of electricity and showed a minor increment with regards to water. Similar observations were seen in case of poor households.

Overall, the availability of electricity and water remained major factors in determining the financial status of households, however access to refrigerator did not make any major impact.


The answer provided is of band 6 and there are reasons for it.

  1. There is no clarity in the answer. After reading it, one cannot make out what the graph is about and what are the major issues. This is the major flaw. When answering a question of graph, it is expected that on reading it, you can get a clear summary of graph.
  2.  In the second paragraph, the use of initially is not correct. It is expected that you mention the year clearly.
  3. Repetition of words has been observed in many cases, this is not a good idea.

So, how to answer such graphs.

Rather than going from one point to another again and again, it is better you take a point and explain it better. All the trends observed in that particular point.
Be more clear about the year and it is better if you don’t use words such as initially or later on.

More Punctuation # Grammar For IELTS

Semicolon represents a pause of greater importance as compared to comma.

  1. Used to separate the clauses of compound statements when they contain comma.
    For example-: he was intelligent, strong; and we all loved him.
  2. Used to separate a loosely connected clauses.
    For example-: Today we love what tomorrow we hate; today we seek what tomorrow we shun; today we desire what tomorrow we fear.
Colon marks a more complete pause when compared to semi colon. It is used after dash sometimes.

  1. Colon is used to introduce quotation.
    For example-: she says:-“ reading is a good habit”.
  2. Colon is used after enumerations, examples, etc;
    For example-: the principal parts of verb are : the present tense, the past tense and the past participle.
  3. Colon is also used within sentences which are closely connected but are independent.
    For example-: study to acquire a habit of thinking: no study is more important.
Question mark is used after a direct question,
For example-: Where have you been?
Exclamation mark is used after interjection or phrases or sentences showing sudden emotions.
For example-: what a terrible day this is!
Inverted commas are used to enclose the exact words of a person.
For example-: Rama said,” You must work hard.”
  1. Dash is used to indicate an abrupt stop or change of thought.
    For example-: I wish we were together- but why lament the past?
  2. Dash is also used to resume a scattered subject.
    For example-: teachers, friends and enemies- all present here.
Hyphen is a shorter line than dash and is used to connect parts of compound words.
For example-: man-of-war, jack-of-all-trades
Parentheses is used to put a particular phrase that may not grammatically fit in the sentence but is added because it adds more information.
For example-: She got the admissions( it was all she wished) in Harvard business school.
  1. It is used to show the omission of letters,
    For example-: don’t  do not
  2. It is used to form the plurals of letters and figures.
    For example-: they make sure you dot your i’s and cross your t’s.


Pull Strings # Idioms For IELTS

There is so much corruption in world, owing to the fact that so many government officials pull string these days.

SENTENCE-: Most of the officials of government know how to pull strings.
MEANING-: to make use of your influence and contacts to gain an advantage officially.
SENTENCE-: Why do you always want to have the forbidden fruit?
MEANING-: a thing that is desired more because it has been restricted.
SENTENCE-: These days most people have square eyes.
MEANING-: habit of watching television excessively
SENTENCE-: He is not a clever detective, he simply just puts two and two together.
MEANING-: to draw and obvious statement from the given facts
SENTENCE-: It is easy to commit a crime but difficult to carry the can.
MEANING-: take responsibility for something wrong that you have done.
SENTENCE-: I like her because she applauds people to the echo.
MEANING-: to applaud someone very enthusiastically
SENTENCE-: Just speak carefully, you never know if there is a fly on the wall.
MEANING-: an unnoticed observer of a particular situation
SENTENCE-: We no hard work, he can only thank his lucky stars for the success he got.
MEANING-: be grateful for your good fortune
SENTENCE-: This the final battle and I have to play my aces.
MEANING-: use your best resources
SENTENCE-: Hey, do you know the score?
MEANING-: be aware of what is going on