Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’re going to find out how to use our crazy, outside of the box strategy to increase your score on the IELTS General Writing Task 1 Letter.

We’ll take a typical General Writing Task 1 question and we’ll show you exactly how to brainstorm to come up with interesting and creative ideas for your letter.

When you do this you get the examiner to think about giving you a 7.

Today we have an informal letter to a friend:

A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet while you are on holiday. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter to your friend do the following:

1- Give contact details for when you are away

2- Give instructions for how to care for your pet

3- Describe other household duties

To get the highest possible score you need to address all 3 bullet points in a balanced way.

Do one paragraph for each bullet point.

Remember to be creative. For example, a creative answer to bullet point 1 could be that you will be on a silent retreat where you cannot be reached by phone but your friend could contact the monk who would deliver the message to your bunk room.

**It’s important to not repeat yourself for both the Academic and General Writing Task 1 because the letter is only 150 words. With the letter you should take each bullet point and add new and creative information but don’t repeat information from other bullet points.

For bullet point two you could pretend that you have an asthmatic monkey and you need to instruct your friend on how to use the monkey’s inhaler.

Listen to the episode to get our brainstorming ideas for bullet point 3.

What questions do you have about the General Writing Task 1 Letter?

Let us know in the comments below.

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