IELTS General Writing Task 1 with model answer

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

While your friend was away on vacation, you stayed in his apartment. While you were there, you dropped an expensive bowl and broke it.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter

  • explain what happened
  • apologise for the accident
  • tell your friend what you plan to do about the bowl

Write at least 150 words. 

You do NOT need to write any addresses. 

Begin your letter as follows: Dear ______,

Model Answer:

Dear Paul, 

First and foremost, thank you for allowing me to stay in your apartment for a couple of days. On the last day of my stay, I was busy cleaning up the home to make it look sparkling clean up on your arrival from your holiday. However, while I was washing the dishes in the kitchen, your blue porcelain bowl, which you had purchased from Europe, slipped from my fingers and shattered into pieces. 

I was mortified, and my hands are still trembling while writing this letter, as I know, that lovely bowl was expensive and you treasured it so much. Please forgive my reckless behaviour, I am extremely sorry for breaking your precious belonging. 

I hope I can compensate your loss. My uncle will be visiting Europe next week. Perhaps I could speak to him and he might be able to spot the exact same bowl there? 

Do let me know your thoughts on this matter. Once again, I am truly sorry. 



Total Words: 180


Task Achievement: 9


Coherence & Cohesion: 9


Lexical resources: 9


Grammar: 9


Overall Score: Band 9


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