Free General Training IELTS writing test 1

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Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

A family member is coming to stay with you. He/she will be arriving by train in the morning, but you won’t be home until the evening.

Write a letter to your relative. In your letter:

  • explain arrangements you have made for them to have keys and get into the house
  • tell your relative how to get from the train station to your house
  • say when you will be home and suggest what you could do together that evening

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:


Write at least 150 words.

Task 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

In some countries, people who commit less serious crimes are made to undertake community service* instead of a prison sentence. Some people believe that all people who have committed a crime should be sent to prison.

Do you agree or disagree?
*compulsory work helping the community, such as decorating public facilities, which they must carry out in their spare time for a given period.

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8 thoughts on “Free General Training IELTS writing test 1”

  1. Dear simar,
    I am very excited that you’ll soon be here. I am very sorry as I won’t be able to pick you up from the railway station as we have an important meeting at our office that day so I can’t take that day off. Well, Sandy, my neighbor living at apartment number 45 will be waiting for you since I have already informed her about your visit.
    There will be some food and almond milk in the refrigerator on the middle shelf and your bed will be made.
    However, I have asked my old friend Gurkirat, to come and pick you up from the station. I’m sure you remember him as he used to live next door to our old residence.
    Anyway, I’ll be home no later than 6 after finishing work, so I was thinking why we don’t go to any restaurant nearby for dinner and for some shopping at the close plaza.
    Well, that’s everything I guess. It’s going to be great catching up!
    Have a safe trip,

    • Hi Jasjot – be careful with the vocabulary. As this is a letter to a family member, it should be informal, so avoid formal expressions like ‘informed’. Overall though this is a good response – Band 7.0.

  2. Dear Mona,
    Hi! I hope you are doing great, and I can’t wait to meet and greet. I know I promised to pick you up by the train station, but I’m sorry to say that I would not be able to make it.
    Firstly, I am feeling a bit down and want to express my situation. Suddenly an urgent meeting appears that can’t be postponed, so I will back and meet you in the evening. This last-minute update might startle you, but My friend will contact you with my house keys. Sorry for the inconvenience.
    As I know, you love exploring new cities; With that in mind, I booked a cab with a tour guide. He is undoubtedly a great source to explore the city; I hope you will experience it out of the world.
    However, My surprises are not over yet! To heal any open wound from my absence, I want to take you out for dinner in Indo-Chinese restaurant, which is your absolute favourite. Afterwards, let’s head to the theatre and check out the recently released blockbuster movie.
    I can’t wait to spend time with you and make lifetime memories. See you soon.
    your cousin,

    • Hi Indu,

      Be careful with random capitalisation. Some of your grammar needs a little work – I WILL not be able to make, a sudden urgent meeting HAS apprearED, for example.

      You have answer the main points though, and if you’re looking for a band score and full corrections, come and join us at!

  3. Dear Simin,

    I am so excited that you will be joining me here for your vacation and I have made all arrangement for your visit. Due to an unavoidable client visit, I will not able to pick you up from railway station .
    Once you get down from the train at North Station, the easiest and convenient way to reach our apartment is to take a taxi from the east end of railway station which is towards platform no 1. It is about ten minutes ride to our apartment by taxicab. I shall give the keys to my apartment to our next door neighbour Mr Khan .Hope you remember him from the last visit.
    I will reach home evening by 6 o clock and I promise to make it up to you for not picking up in morning as I have made a reservation for dinner for us at that Chinese restaurant that you loved from your last visit.
    I hope you will have a fantastic holiday and eagerly waiting for your arrival.

    • Hi Abdul,

      You’ve answered the question, but missing words and letters are a problem:
      – have made all arrangement (missing -s) for
      – will not (be) able to
      A little too formal in places too! If you’re looking for full correction and band score, come and visit us at

  4. Dear Emma,

    I’m really looking forward to your arrival tomorrow! I hope your journey runs smoothly. When you arrive at the station, make your way to the front exit. It should be sign posted ‘Nottingham Road’. Outside you will see a taxi rank to your left. There are normally taxi’s waiting, but if not, you should only have to wait a few minutes. Make sure you remember to bring my address with you! It shouldn’t cost more than $5 and it will be easier than walking with your luggage!

    Once you arrive at my house, you will find a key that I have left for you in the lock box next to the front door. The code is 5555. I have left some milk and bacon in the fridge and some bread on the side for you. Please make yourself at home!

    I finish work around 4.30pm but won’t be home until around 5pm (traffic depending). Ben is out at hockey tonight so we have two options. 1) Stay at home, put on our pajamas and open some wine, or 2) get dressed up, go out for dinner and go for a dance at Bar Revolution. I will leave it up to you to decide!

    I’m so excited to see you! I hope you have a safe journey and I will see you tomorrow.

    Love From

    • Generally good, but you haven’t explained that you will no longer be able to meet Emma ( to answer the ‘but you won’t be home until the evening.’ section of the question). You have assumed that she already knows this, but it needs to be clarified. Something like ‘Glad you are coming but unfortunately I won’t be able to meet you at the station because….’

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