General Writing: Two Tasks to complete in 60 minutes
Task 1: Write a letter
Word count: 150
Recommended Time: 20 minutes
Weight : 34% of total mark

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IELTS Task 1 (GT) Question Sample

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have just moved to new accommodation.
Write an email to your English friend. In you email

. say the reason for your move
. give a description of your new accommodation
. invite your friend for a visit

Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write any addresses.
Begin your email as follows:

Hi John,

IELTS Strategies that work


Three main tasks used:

1) letter to an organization
2) letter to a colleague
3) letter to a friend

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Four main Criteria used to assess Test Takers’ performance in Task 1

Task Achievement Coherence and Cohesion Lexical Resource Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Is the test taker fully responding to the task? Does the text flow?
Is it easy or difficult to understand the description?
Is the test taker using appropriate vocabulary items to describe the task? Is the test taker using a range of grammatical structures? Are they used accurately?
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