IELTS Writing Task 1 GT – Staying with your old friend

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have recently been to stay with an old friend for a few days. You hadn’t seen each other for a long time.

In your letter:

  • Say how you felt about the visit.
  • Refer to something enjoyable that you did while staying with him/ her
  • Invite your friend to visit you.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear …………….. ,


Sample Answer 1 (163 Words, 13 Sentences, 7 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Karan,

Hope you are doing good, I am doing well here.

It was indeed a great pleasure to visit you. I can never forget those moments in my life as those were the happiest and memorable moments for me. The way you treated me during my visit is really appreciated. I would like to meet with all our old friends one day. When we went to ‘Wonderland’, I was simply mesmerized and those are unforgettable moments. We enjoyed there like we were in our school days. I still remember the way you were afraid of water when you were a child. But your personality has been changed with time and you have turned into a very influential person, in my opinion.

It would be a great pleasure to invite you to my home for my birthday next month. We will go to the nearby hill station and have a great fun there. I will expect you to be with me at that time.

Best Wishes,

Written by Nishath Begum

Sample Answer 2 (163 Words, 9 Sentences, 9 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Jonathon,

I’m writing to thank you for a really enjoyable visit. It was good to see you after a so long and to be able to spend some time with you, talking about old school friends and teachers.

Now that I’m back home, I keep thinking about how good it was to be somewhere quiet and peaceful. I particularly enjoyed our trip to the wildlife sanctuary and appreciated the opportunity to see so many rare birds and animals. It’s made me think that I should try and do more to protect them, so I’m having a look on the internet to see what sort of organization there are.

Perhaps next time we get together you could come and visit me. There are plenty of places we can go and my brother would really like to see you. Let me know when you might be free to come here and we can fix something up.

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely yours,
Alison Cambell.

(NB: Follow the above writing structure for getting higher IELTS band score in the examination. This sample answer can be an example of good writing out of many possible approaches.)

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