IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Letter 3

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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Letter 3

Band score: approximately 8.0

Format: General Training

Task: Task 1

The IELTS writing sample answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter.
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write any addresses.
Begin your letter as follows:
New neighbours have recently moved in, but they are making a lot of noise at night while you are preparing for your exams. Write a letter to your neighbours. In your letter:

  • explain that they are preventing you from studying well
  • suggest what they can do to improve the situation
  • tell them when you will have completed your studies


IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Essay 3
Dear Sir this would be better as ‘Dear neighbour’,
Unfortunately, I never ‘have never’ found time to introduce myself since you have moved in as I have been busy preparing for my university exams. Anyway, I live in the flat directly behind yours and we share a common wall.
Over last two days I am being ‘ahve been’ disturbed during the course of my studies due to loud music that is being played in your flat quite late at night.
Honestly speaking this needs to be followed by a comma this is hampering my concentration and I am unable to study. Can I request you to please turn down the volume or if you could refrain from playing the music after about 10pm? My exams will be finished on 29th of this month and I would certainly not mind a slightly louder volume after that date.
I hope you don’t mind my asking this of you, and please accept my apologies for any inconvenience being caused. I look forward to meeting you personaly ‘personally’ once I am done with my exams.
(165 words)

There are some issues with register (beginning the letter ‘Dear neighbour’ would be better than ‘Dear Sir’).
There are also a few grammatical errors (‘Over the last two days, I am being disturbed…’), although other sentences are very academically constructed.
There is some good use of vocabulary, and the organisation is clear and concise.
The letter is written in a friendly, polite manner and covers the requirements of the task.

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