IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing – Task Achievement


The 1 Thing you MUST do to get a 7 in Task 1 General Training

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HI There!

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Now, I’ve been getting lots of questions about Writing Task 1 General Training, so today we are going to look at one key thing you must master!

Am I talking about language? No.
I’m not talking about special linkers or whatever either. No.

Today you are going to learn how to do really well in Task Achievement.

You may remember the other areas CC, LR, and GRA, but we aren’t going to deal with these.

So, how do you do well in Task Achievement?

The public band descriptors saytTo get a 7 in Task Achievement you need to:

  1. cover the requirements of the task ƒ
  2. present a clear purpose, with the tone consistent and appropriate ƒ
  3. clearly present and highlight bullet points

But what does this really mean?

You can use this IELTS Conclusion with 80% of IELTS Task 2 Essays

1. 4 Questions to Answer

If you have followed some of the stuff we have talked about before, you will now that you must clearly and obviously talk about each bullet point.

But what else do you have to do?

Here are 4 key questions for you to ask when you look at a Task 1 General Training Question.

  1. What is the relationship between you and the other person?
  2. What stage is the communication?
  3. What format is required?
  4. What kinds of communication are needed? (Why are you writing?)

2. Using the 4 Questions

Let’s take a look at a couple of questions sent to me by the IELTS7 community.

Question 1
 You are going to spend your vacation in a city in a foreign country. You have never been there before. Your cousin has a friend who lives there. Write a letter to the friend.

In your letter:

  • introduce yourself
  • say why you are making this trip
  • ask some questions about the city (e.g. places to see, things to do, things to bring)

What is the relationship between you and the other person?
You don’t know this person, but there is a connection. So, you could probably write semi-formal. This means your questions would be a little more polite. E.g “Would you mind …” instead of “Can you …”

What stage is the communication?
This is the first time you are writing.

What format is required?
A letter.

What kinds of communication are needed? (Why are you writing?)
Explaining your future plans, asking questions, asking for recommendations, or advice.

Question 2
You normally go shopping in the area where you live. However, you think some of the facilities for shoppers could be improved. Write a letter to your local newspaper.

In your letter:

  • say in general what you like about shopping in your area
  • say what is wrong with the facilities
  • suggest how they can be improved

What is the relationship between you and the other person?
You are writing to the editor of a magazine, and so the letter should be formal.

What stage is the communication?
This is the only time you are writing, so you should be very clear about the reason you are writing about. However, it is possible you could be responding to responding to something else you read about. For example, you could be replying to an article in the newspaper/magazine. If this is the case, you should mention this when you are saying why you are writing.

What format is required?
A letter.

What kinds of communication are needed? (Why are you writing?)
Explaining things you like, giving examples, explaining why something is a problem, offering recommendations, alternatives or solutions to the problems you talked about.

3. Sample Answers

Both of these questions came from the ielts7 community. The sample answers are what everyone in the community received.

Dear John,

My name is Name. My cousin Suzy, your old friend at Istanbul university, suggested I contact you.

The reason I am writing is I am planning to have a two week vacation in Istanbul next month. Suzy told me that I should ask you any questions I have about Turkey and Istanbul in particular.

I‘ve been thinking about going to Turkey for years, and this year I finally have the opportunity to visit! I’m really interested in the tourist attractions in Istanbul, especially museums and old markets.

Of course, I can’t wait to try the local food either! There are Turkish restaurants here of course, but everyone says they are nowhere near as good as those in Turkey! I hope you can suggest some traditional but inexpensive ones.

I need your help with some other things too. Could you recommend some popular tourist attractions as well as some places that locals think are great? Also, I have no idea what they weather will be like. Should take with me any special clothes, like a raincoat or an umbrella? Oh, and I almost forgot, should I bring dollars or should I buy Turkish Lira?

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Yours sincerely,


To the editor,

I am writing to explain how we can improve the local shopping facilities in our neighborhood.

Every day I go shopping on the high street and there are many things I love about it. The best thing is the range of small shops. There are many different small boutiques where you can buy interesting hand-made clothes, decorations and other things for your home. The staff are usually friendly and always have to time to chat.

Sadly, although the shops are great, the street itself has a number of problems, especially on the weekend. On saturdays, you can hardly move on the sidewalks, which are narrow, and when you want to cross the road to the other side, the traffic is so bad that you often have to wait ten minutes before you can cross. The sidewalk itself is narrow and people often fall over the cracks.

I believe the council should invest in making the area more pedestrian friendly. The first thing they could do is close of the street during busy shopping hours. This would make the whole street a pedestrian only zone. Alternatively, the sidewalks could be widened and crossing signals installed so everyone can easily cross regardless of how busy the traffic is.

Yours sincerely,

– your name

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7 Comments on “IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing – Task Achievement”

  1. Write a letter to your friend informing him/her about good news. Please say

    – What is the news?
    – How will it affect you?
    – Suggest a place to meet for a celebration.

    Dear Robin,

    I Hope you are having an amazing time. I am overly excited to share
    one of the biggest news of my life for which I have waited for ages!

    Guess what, I have got a chance to study MBA in Harvard University. I
    just received the confirmation letter from the University and I am
    over the moon now. It was not only a wildest dream ever but also
    something that I have never thought would come true!

    Studying in Harvard would literally change my life in many ways. First
    and foremost, learning form one of the world’s best universities is
    likely to make a huge difference, but more importantly, it will
    satisfy my soul because I always wanted to study there. Another great
    plus is there is a high demand of Harvard graduates in the USA market
    which means I would be able to start a career right after completing
    my study. Finally, my parents are very delighted now; after all, they
    have contributed a lot towards this success.

    On this special moment of accomplishment, I would like to share my
    contentment with some of you for which I would like to arrange a get
    together. So, I would be immensely happy if you could join me in
    celebrating the news at Dhaka Club in next Friday evening.

    Hope to see you there,


  2. You traveled by plane last week and your suitcase was lost. You have still heard nothing from the airline company. Write to the airline and explain what happened. Describe your suitcase and tell them what was in it. Find out what they are going to do about it

    Dear Mr. Andrew,

    I have not heard from Mr. Jabbar, Deputy Manager of Emirates, about my suitcase which I lost last week while travelling from Dhaka to Dubai.

    I was traveling on 22nd February 2016 to Dubai from Dhaka through Emirates EK 349. After reaching Dubai, I went to the baggage area to collect my suitcase. Unfortunately, I could not locate my suitcase. Standing for an hour or so, I decided to contact one of your employee in the airport.

    I was able to make an immediate contact with Mr. Jabbar, Deputy Manager of Emirates and explained to him about my situation. Mr Jabbar advise me to fill out and application and submit it to the Lost and Found Department. He did inform about contacting me withing two days or so but it has been more than a week I didn’t received any communication.

    My suitcase is medium in size and light brown in color. It has four wheels attached at the bottom of the suitcase and have two pouch on the front. Inside my suitcase I have three shirts, two pants, few undergarments, 2 pairs of socks and some gifts.

    I would appreciate if you can look into the matter and would inform me the action you will be talking to resolve my problem

    Yours Faithfully,
    John Smith

    Note: Please evaluate and score this letter. Please do provide the areas I need to improve to get IELTS 8

    1. This is excellent. The main comment I can make is to start with why you are writing. So, you would probably start with:

      “I am writing to let you know that I have still not heard back from you regarding my lost suitcase.”

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