IELTS General Writing Task 1 with model answer

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic

A friend has written to you asking for advice about a problem at work. You have had a similar problem in the past.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • tell your friend you understand the problem
  • explain what happened to you in the past
  • suggest a possible solution to this problem.

Write at least 150 words.

Model Answer:

Dear Tim,

I`m very delighted to hear from you and glad to know that you`ve already commenced building your career as an actuarial analyst with a prestigious insurance company. In your letter, you mentioned some issues about transitioning from student life to work life. I`d like to share with you my experience and advice.

Actually, it's a conundrum that most graduates have to meet and tackle. I totally understand your confusions since I also had a tough period at the beginning of my career. You know, there won't be textbooks and lecture notes anymore, and you have to learn everything by yourself.

Fortunately, my line manager was quite supportive and arranged a mentor to give lots of useful guidance. I got heaps of questions and made many errors when I ran the quantitative models. However, my mentor was always able to point out the crux of the matter. I really appreciated her help.

So, my suggestion is those regular communications with your manager and do not hesitate to ask for help from your colleagues. Usually, one word from an experienced actuary can a stitch in time saves nine.

Let me know if you have further concerns and keep me posted about your career progress.

Best Wishes,



Total Words: 207

Task Achievement: 8

Coherence & Cohesion: 8

Lexical resources: 8

Grammar: 8

Overall Score: Band 8

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