Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sample Letter and Data Interpretation in the IELTS Writing Task 1 (General Training and Academic)

Any candidate for the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination (IELTS) knows the two modules in the test – the Academic and the General Training modules. The Academic module is usually taken by individuals who are to be enrolled in academic program overseas for more than six months and those individuals who are applying for an employment. Conversely, the General Training module candidates are those who are also enrolled in an academic program but in less than six months, individuals whose job requires the General Training module and for those applying for immigration. Since we have two different modules, some parts of the exam are also different for both. One section which is different from the other is the writing task

The first task of the IELTS writing is entirely different from each other. In the Academic Writing, candidates are asked to write an essay based on a given graph. The candidates need to interpret the remarkable peaks, changes and differences in the graph. Here is a sample question:

Below is a pie chart that shows what type of access the British use in accessing the Internet in the year 2010.

Sample Response:

The chart demonstrates how the British population gained access to the Internet in the year 2010.

According to the chart, a huge percentage of the British population had access to the internet through cable connections in 2010. At 47%, the chart suggests that almost half of the entire population were using cable internet connections in the said year. Furthermore, the use of the internet was also made possible through mobile devices. The chart suggests that 22% of the population were using mobile internet connectivity. The minority, at 12%, was able to use the internet through a dial up connection. Surprisingly, almost ten-fifth of the British population had no access to the internet. This percentage could comprise people from remote areas where cables and mobile internet are not available.

Generally, cables and mobile devices are the primary ways how the British population gained access to the internet in the year 2010.

SAMPLE LETTER ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Now, here is a sample task for the General Training and its sample answer.


You are unhappy about a plan to make your local airport bigger and increase the number of flights. You live near the airport.

Write a letter to your local newspaper. In your letter

  • · Explain where you live
  • · Describe the problem
  • · Give reasons why you do not want this development

Write at least 150 words.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Sample Response

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing this letter to express my opinion on an article written on the paper last September 2nd. I live about 30 kilometers away from the airport. With the news of its expansion, I want to emphasize the possible problems it could cause to people living near the area.

First and foremost, low-flying airplanes are already causing too much distraction. Doing housework and even relaxing have been quiet impossible with this noise. What makes the matter even worse is the noise we hear from early morning flights where everybody is still asleep.

Another thing I want to point out is that the said expansion can affect the local park nearby. The said expansion can possibly get an amount of space from the local park. With this, people will lose some place to hang out and children to play.

Hence, I am strongly showing my disagreement with this plan. I would highly appreciate if the paper could publish what residents think of about this issue.


Jo Mazel

Writing is possibly very easy once you are guided. There are a lot of writing exercises to practice on and be sure to have someone check your essays. Better yet, enrol in IELTS writing classes for more detailed and better improvement in your essays.


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