Model answers for Cambridge IELTS Book 16 Task 1 General Letters Written by Mike Wattie, IELTS examiner and author.

Mrs Barrett, an English-speaking woman who lives in your town, has advertised for someone to help her in her home for a few hours a day next summer.
Write a letter to Mrs Barrett. In your letter:
• suggest how you could help her in her home
• say why you would like to do this work
• explain when you will and will not be available

Begin your letter as follows:
Dear …………….,

You have just read an article in a national newspaper which claims that town centres in your country all look very similar to each other. You don’t fully agree with this opinion.
Write a letter to the editor of the newspaper. In your letter:
• say which points in the article you agree with
• explain ways in which your town centre is different from most other town centres
• offer to give a guided tour of your town to the writer of the article
Begin your letter as follows:
Dear …………….,

A magazine wants to include contributions from its readers for an article called ‘The book that influenced me most’.
Write a letter to the editor of the magazine about the book that influenced you most. In your letter: • describe what this book was about
• explain how this book influenced you
• say whether this book would be likely to influence other people
Begin your letter as follows:
Dear …………….,

Your friend has been offered a place on a course at the university where you studied. He/She would like your advice about finding a place to live.
Write an email to your friend. In your email:
• describe where you lived when you were a student at the university
• recommend the best way for him/her to look for accommodation
• warn him/her of mistakes students make when choosing accommodation
Begin your email as follows:
Dear …………….,

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