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IELTS Letter Questions 2021 Archive

IELTS Letter Questions 2021

Hey! This is an archive of all the reported IELTS letter questions 2021. If you are taking the General Training IELTS exam and are looking for questions reported from the most recent IELTS exams, then you should go to this page, which I update every month.

Find the most recent letter questions here

 

What you will find here are the reported questions from exam-takers all over the world. I have used my experience as a trained exam creator to edit the letter prompts so that they are as close to the original exam question as possible. However, if you have one of these questions in your exam, you MUST read the question carefully as it may be that it differs slightly.

I also still recommend that you start your preparation with the questions in the Cambridge IELTS books as these are genuine past papers and are 100% accurate.


IELTS Letter Questions 2021 – Informal Letters

There have been relatively few informal questions reported so far in 2021. Unlike last year, when there were a wide range of questions and some for topics I have never seen before. Therefore, if you would like to practice with a wide range of questions, I recommend that you look at our 2020 IELTS letter archive to find more topics that you can use in your preparation.

Click here to look at the 2020 letter archive

You recently went to a public event (for example an exhibition, festival, or show) that you think your friend would enjoy. Write a letter to friend. In your letter

 

  • tell your friend what the event was
  • explain why you think your friend would like the event
  • invite them to come to the event with you

You recently went to visit a friend in their new home. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter

 

  • tell your friend what you liked about his/her new house
  • say what you did or enjoyed most about your stay with your friend
  • suggest when and where you could meet your friend next

You are going to throw a party and would like to cook a special dish for your guests but do not have the recipe. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter

  • tell your friend why you are having a party
  • explain what dish you want to cook and ask your friend for the recipe
  • invite your friend to the party

You can listen to Nick and I discuss EIGHT of these prompts and how we would address them in our latest podcast episode!


IELTS Letter Questions 2021: Semi-formal

In 20201, we have seen the usual range of recipients of semi-formal letters (neighbours, colleagues and bosses) but there where some topics that I had never seen before

  • asking your boss to move from full-time to part-time work
  • complaining that your working environment has made you sick

If you don’t know what the difference is between a “formal” and “semi-formal” letter, then I strongly recommend that you watch my free video lesson, which clearly explains how the formality of your letter will affect the tone.

Writing a mixed tone letter is one of the most common errors that I see when marking and one that will  result in a very low Task Achievement score.

Three sets of clothes sit on a yellow background. A suit to illustrate formal letters, jeans and a t-shirt to present informal letters, and a suit jacket and jeans to represent semi-formal
Learn the difference here!

You recently celebrated a special occasion in your personal life and received a card and a present from your colleagues at work. Write a letter to your colleagues. In your letter

 

  • remind your colleagues what the special occasion you were celebrating was
  • thank them for the card and gift
  • explain why you like the gift and how you will use it

You rent an apartment. You want to tell your landlord that you are happy with the apartment in general, but there are some small repairs that need to be carried out. Write a letter to your landlord. In your letter

 

  • say what you like about the apartment
  • describe the repairs that need to be made
  • explain how the repairs will improve your quality of life

You live in a block of flats. Your neighbour makes a lot of noise which is causing you some problems. Write a letter to your landlord. In the letter

  • describe the noise that your neighbours are making
  • explain how it is affecting you
  • suggest what your landlord could do about the problem

You have seen a course advertised online that you think would help you perform better at work. The course will take place during the week, so you will need to take time off work.

Write a letter to your manager. In the letter

  • say what the course is
  • explain why you want to do the course and how it will be beneficial to the company
  • suggest how your work can be covered while you attend the course.

You work in an office and have recently been experiencing a health problem. You think that the problem started because of the working conditions in the office. Write a letter to your manager. In your letter

 

  • describe the health problem
  • explain why you think it was caused by conditions in the office
  • suggest what the manager should do to improve the working conditions in the office

You are applying for a job in an international company. You would like to ask your previous employer to write a reference letter for you. Write a letter to your previous manager. In your letter

 

  • remind your manager of the job you previously held in the company
  • tell him / her what position you are applying for and why you want it
  • ask him / her to provide you with a reference letter

You currently work full-time in a company but would like to change to working part-time. Write a letter to your manager. In your letter

 

  • explain why you would like to change to working part-time work
  • say what times and days of the week would suit you best
  • suggest how your work could be covered or completed if you work part-time

You are currently taking an evening course at a local community college. However, you are not happy with the course. Write a letter to the manager of the college. In your letter

 

  • say which course you are taking
  • explain what the problem is with the course
  • suggest what the manager should do to improve the course

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IELTS Letter Questions 2021 – Formal Letters

While there have been relatively few informal letters so far in 2021, the number and range of formal letters has definitely increased. And, while we still have the usual letters of complaint, there are a number of new question types here, which I would encourage you to practice before your test. The question that asks you to write to an antiques shop is especially unique!

You have some documents that you need to be translated into another language as soon as possible. Write a letter to a translation agency. In your letter

 

  • say what the documents are
  • explain why you need them to be translated
  • ask for the documents to be translated urgently

You own an old item that you think is valuable and would like to sell. Write a letter to the owner of an antique’s shop. In your letter

 

  • explain how you found the shop
  • describe the item that you would like to sell
  • say how much you would like to sell the item for

You have seen an advertisement in the local newspaper for swimming lessons at your community sports centre. You want to find out more about these lessons. Write a letter to the manager of the sports centreIn the letter

 

  • describe how well you can swim at the moment
  • explain why you want to learn to swim better
  • enquire about the time and cost of the swimming lessons

You recently stayed in a hotel and left an item in the room. Write a letter to the manager of the hotel. In your letter:

 

  • describe the item that you left in the room
  • explain where you think the item might be
  • suggest how the manager can return the item to you

You have made a reservation in a hotel for a business trip for you and your colleagues. However, you need to make some changes to your booking. Write a letter to the hotel manager. In your letter

 

  • give details of your current booking
  • explain what changes you need to make and why
  • ask the manager to make some special arrangements for your business meetings

You have seen an advert in a newspaper for a part-time voluntary job working with children. Write a letter to the employment agency. In the letter

 

  • say what the job you wish to apply for is
  • explain why you want to apply for the job
  • describe some of the skills and qualities you have that would be useful

A local sports event is looking for people to voluntary/unpaid work. Write a letter to the organisers of the sports event to apply for the voluntary/unpaid work. In the letter

 

  • explain why you want to do voluntary/unpaid work at the sports event
  • describe some of the skills and qualities you have that would be useful
  • suggest exactly how you could help at the event

You have discovered a lot of rubbish in a lake near where you live. In the past, the lake had always been clean. Write a letter to the local council. In the letter

 

  • describe the type of rubbish that you saw in the lake
  • explain where you think the waste has come from
  • suggest what the council should do about the problem

You are a member of a local gym. Recently, there has been a problem in the changing area. You have reported this to the staff several times, but no action was taken. Write a letter to the manager of the gym. In your letter

 

  • describe the problem in the changing area
  • explain who you reported the problem to before
  • suggest what should be done about the problem

I hope that you find this archive IELTS Letter Questions 2021 useful. Remember that we teach how to answer every type of letter in our General Training Task One course, which not only includes lessons on organisation, but also useful language structures that will make your letters sound 100% natural (which really is the key to a high score).

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