Letters have a purpose; it could be for any reason formal or personal, it conveys the message. Again while compiling a letter in IELTS or LSAT writing module it makes sense to write a rough draft so that your letter is logically correct. Ideally your letter should be composed of maximum of three to four paragraphs.
First paragraph should be dedicated to the introduction of who you are and the relation between the addressee and yourself. Also the first paragraph should mention the purpose of writing a letter.
Second paragraph could be to explain the situation; depending upon the topic you have to write.
Third paragraph could be connected to second paragraph again depending upon the topic.
Last paragraph is a wrap up of the letter so you should ask or suggest or thank.
Rough Draft before Compiling a Letter (Should take no more than 1 minute of your time). That is how it should look like as below:
- Introduce yourself
- Why are you writing a letter? (Specify Reason)
- Tell them the situation
- How did it happen?
- What steps did you take to solve the problem?
- Ask for Solution (Provide options)
Here are few examples on how to go about writing a letter in IELTS Writing test.
You have lost a book, send a letter to the librarian telling them what happened and how you lost this book. Do not use more than 150 words.
My name is — I am a member of your prestigious library. My membership Identity number is 100023857. My reason for writing this letter is to inform you that I have lost one of the books which I borrowed last weekend and I am really sorry for that.
I lost “Mathematics Differential and Integral” by R.V. Jackson while I was traveling from university to my home. I was really tired after all day of studies and I fell sleep, when I wake up, I realized that my house is near so I picked up my bag and board off the bus. When I reached home I found that I have left book in the bus.
I called the transport authorities and asked if they have found any lost book in the bus, I was traveling. Response was not positive.
I am worried about it now. Could you please guide me what should I do in regards to this problem. Do I have to pay for the book or can I buy the book and return it to library? Please help me out in this situation as I do not want to lose my membership in this library.
Yours truly, Dated
You have moved to a new place. There has been damage after you moved in that place. Write a letter to your landlord explaining what happened and ask what you can do? Do not use more than 150 words.
My name is — I am a new tenant in your property and I moved in unit 2 which is on goodwood road in Adelaide last week. My reason for writing this letter is to inform you that there has been damage in this unit after I moved in last week I am really sorry for that.
This incident happened when I was ironing my clothes and the phone ranged in lounge room. Unaware that I have left iron unattended I went to answer the phone. When I finished the conversation I realized that I have left iron unattended. I rushed upstairs and it was too late the carpet where I placed iron was already burnt.
I called your property manager but no one replied to my call. So leaving me with no choice but to send you this letter.
I am worried about it now. Could you please guide me what should I do in regards to this problem. Do I have to pay for the damage or I have to set up a new carpet? Please help me out in this situation as I do not want to lose my tenancy at this place.
Yours truly, Dated
Write a letter to your company you are working for and tell administration about the weak and strong points of that company. Also provide some suggestions on what can be done to improve the company’s image? Do not use more than 150 words.
My name is — and I am working in your prestigious company for last 5 years. My reason for writing this letter is to inform you that recently I studied financial records of our company and found out some concerns in our company’s strategy plans for future.
As we know that our company was established in 1980′s and used to trade only shares and securities, but recent developments in stock markets have led our company to loss. The main reason for that is the invent of option trading. Our company focuses on only share trades. Nowadays, investors want to invest in options and also in stocks to take out maximum profits. I suggest that our company should start to trade options as well as foreign exchange, which will definitely improve our company’s image and profits.
I also suggest that we should endeavor more on issue of online platform for trading the options and stocks in securities markets. Once this automatic online platform is complete, traders can place their orders by themselves without any assistance, which will cut our working time by one third.
Write a letter to sports centre manager complaining about some problems you face when you go to sports centre. Do not use more than 150 words.
My name is — and I am a new entrant in your sports centre. My reason for writing this letter is to inform you that I am concerned about my safety and safety of others while I travel from my place to your sports centre.
As you might know that this sports centre is far from Norwood suburb and there is no direct bus service from Norwood to sports centre. It takes me two hours just to travel from Norwood to this sports place. Another concern is that there are absolutely no lights whatsoever on the entrance of this place. Lots of students have been injured while passing through unlit corridor.
Not only that this sports centre does not have the basic amenities like indoor swimming pools and gym equipments, which is not good for this sports institution. I highly recommend you to take action on these issues, because the inaction may jeopardize the reputation of your sports club.
Your friend sent you a letter offering you assistance in finding accommodation in your forthcoming trip. Write a letter to your friend explaining what kind of accommodation you are looking for? Do not use more than 150 words.
How are you my friend? I am well and good here and preparing for the trip to your country. I hope everything is going excellent for you too.
I would like to thank you for finding a accommodation for me and I appreciate your effort for giving me more information about this foreign land. Anyways I will be seeing you in two months time.
Before I embark on this journey I would like to tell you my preferences as you asked in the previous letter. Ideally I am looking for a place which is one bedroom and must be in the city. I am willing to spend around 200$ to 300$ per week for that accommodation. The place I am looking for should have air conditioning system and must have own toilet. Also, as know might know that I am a vegetarian so I need a separate kitchen jut for myself.
If there is more information I need, please let me know. I want to be well prepared in advance for this amazing trip in this foreign place. Once again I would like to thank you for all your effort. When I see you we will have great time just like old days, until then take care.
Your friend dated