Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ultimate Guide to Writing a Letter

If you plan to take the IELTS Philippines, one of the considerations should be which category of the IELTS exam should you take.

The IELTS Academic exam is for test-takers who wish to continue higher education or professional pursuits in an English-speaking environment. The IELTS General Training test, on the other hand, is for students who plan to take secondary education, work, train, or migrate abroad.

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Instructors in the IELTS Philippines conduct orientations to help students decide which exam to take. There are various training locations in the country, and IELTS review center in Davao is one. The IELTS review center in Davao is equipped with the most up-to-date learning resources to ensure that students acquire quality education.


Task 1 of the IELTS General Training exam requires test-takers to write a letter –it could be personal, semi-formal, or formal in style- in response to a situation presented. You may be asked to write an explanation or letter requesting for information. Thus, it is crucial that you know the basics of writing a letter.

•    Personal letters use informal tone in writing. It is typically used to write to a friend, a colleague, or to someone close to you.
•    Semi-formal letters are written in neutral style. It is usually sent to people whom you’ve only acquainted or those whom you do not very well. It requires a more polite approach than personal letters.
•    Formal letters are written for people whom you do not know on a personal level, or whom you may know but of higher position than you. It is typically sent to inquire information, apply for a job, or make a complaint.

When writing a letter, always consider the following key points.

•    Know the basic format. Letters have five sections.
  1. Heading –includes the address of the receiver and the date the letter was written.
  2. Greeting –or your opening remarks. It typically includes the name of the receiver.  (i.e. Dear name, Ms./Mr. name)
  3. Body – is the core of the letter. It contains the necessary information indicating the reasons you are writing.
  4. Closing remarks -means the end of your message.
  5. Signature –goes under the closing remarks. It has your name and designation (if applicable).

•    Write clearly. Get your facts straight when writing a letter. No matter what your intention, be sure that you can express your opinion or explain the needed information in a polite and comprehensible manner. Keep in mind that you should always write for your reader.

•    Proofread your work. Always reread your piece before letting other people read it. For the IELTS exam, be wary of your grammar. Read your letter once again to correct any grammatical error, punctuation, or unclear message.

•    Use the proper tone. Who are you writing to? Always level your writing tone to the reader to ensure that the body remains comprehensible.

Write to communicate your intent. Follow these tips when writing a letter and improve your English composition skills.

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