IELTS Writing Task 1 letter sample 3232 – Band 7.0

General Training IELTS Writing Task 1 - Letter

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are working for a company. You need to take some time off work and want to ask your manager about this.
Write a letter to your manager. In your letter
  • explain why you want to take time off work
  • give details of the amount of time you need
  • suggest how your work could be covered while you are away
  • Write at least 150 words.

    You do NOT need to write any addresses.

    Begin your letter as follows:


    The writing sample displayed here is the work of IELTS candidates and has been assessed by our team for guidance and practice purposes. These scores are not official IELTS scores.

    Candidate’s Response:

    Dear Mrs. Julia,

    I am writing sincerely to request some days off for the coming week starting December 12th returning December 19th. As I explained in our weekly meeting, I had an accident a couple of months ago and I am taking some medications.

    I’m afraid that I need to have a surgery on my brain, and I am not healthy right now. Also, I am feeling drowsy while I am taking my medications. I believe that it is not even worthwhile for the company to have me during this challenging time. What’s more, my doctor didn’t allow me to work for a single week.

    Notwithstanding my surgery and serious illness, one week of resting will cheer me up and affect positively on my physical and mental health.

    I had a meeting with Nicola (Accounting Coordinator) yesterday, she approved to take care of some urgent matters and responding to my emails on my behalf. She is really organized and trustworthy as we have been working together for a long time.

    Although I apologize for any inconvenience caused, I’m thankful for your support and understanding.

    Yours faithfully,

    186 words
    Presented By: Shahab Hosseinzadeh

    Presented By: Shahab Hosseinzadeh

    December 7, 2023

    This is an IELTS writing band 7.0 sample


    The writing sample displayed here is the work of IELTS candidates and has been assessed by our team for guidance and practice purposes. These scores are not official IELTS scores.

    Assessor’s Comment

    Thank you indeed for writing this letter. Here’s a good read:

    Kasra Sharifan

    IELTS Writing Band Descriptors:

    Task Achievement (GT)
    9.0 fully satisfies all the requirements of the task
    8.0 presents, highlights and illustrates bullet points clearly and appropriately
    7.0 clearly presents and highlights bullet points but could be more fully extended
    9.0 presents a clear purpose
    Coherence and Cohesion
    7.0 logically organizes information and ideas
    8.0 manages all aspects of cohesion well
    7.0 uses a range of cohesive devices appropriately although there may be some under-/over-use
    9.0 uses referencing clearly and appropriately throughout
    8.0 uses paragraphing sufficiently and appropriately
    Lexical Resource
    7.0 uses a sufficient range of vocabulary to allow some flexibility and precision
    7.0 uses less common lexical items with some awareness of style and collocation
    7.0 may produce occasional errors in word choice, spelling and/or word formation
    9.0 the communication is completely natural
    Grammatical Range and Accuracy
    7.0 uses a variety of complex structures
    8.0 the majority of sentences are error-free
    7.0 has good control of grammar and punctuation but may make a few errors
    9.0 communication is completely natural


    Thank you indeed for writing this letter. Here’s a good read:

    The IELTS Assessor

    Kasra Sharifan

    Kasra Sharifan

    Co-founder and CFO

    British Council certified English teacher, IDP-trained IELTS instructor, content writer, editor-in-chief, co-founder, and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at IELTS Juice Online Academy.

    An Above 7.0 Sample

    Dear Sir
    I am writing to formally request a temporary leave of absence from work for personal reasons that require my immediate attention.
    The reason for my request is my spouse and I are expecting our first child, and the due date is rapidly approaching. I would like to be there to support my spouse during this significant life event. Therefore, I am seeking a leave of two weeks, starting from April 1st to April 15th.
    To ensure a smooth workflow during my absence, I have discussed my proposal with Jack Valdez, who has agreed to temporarily assume my responsibilities. I will also complete any outstanding tasks and ensure that all necessary documents and information are readily accessible to minimize disruption.
    I am dedicated to maintaining open lines of communication with him during this period and will be available for consultations if needed.
    I kindly request your understanding and approval of this temporary leave. I am confident that this arrangement will enable the team to continue their work seamlessly. Thank you for your understanding and consideration of my request. I look forward to returning to work re-energized and ready to contribute to our continued success.
    194 words

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