These IELTS sample letters illustrate the different types you may come across in the test.
Letters tend to be one of these types:
You can also view letters that have been written by students practicing for the test:
Dear Mr Strickland,
I am writing to you to request that you allow me to pay my rent late this month.
The reason is that I am having a few financial problems at the moment. Last month, I was made redundant from my job due to the fact that the company I work for is closing down. Because I have not worked at the company for long, I have not received a redundancy payment, therefore leaving me short of money this month.
I can assure you that I will be able to pay the rent on the 15th of next month. I have now found another job, and they have kindly agreed to give me an advance on my wages, but they are unable to arrange this until next week.
I can assure you that I will be able to continue to pay rent at the full rate and on time in the future. As I mentioned, I have a new job and this is on a long-term contract, meaning that I will have a secure and timely income. I may also set up a direct debit so the payment goes to your automatically each month.
I hope this will be acceptable to you, but please contact me if it is a problem.
The letter is well-structured as the writer makes it clear in the first sentence why the letter is being written, gives further details of the problem in the first body paragraph, and then sets out when payment will be made, finally discussing the future.
The tone of the letter is appropriate as it is polite (I am writing to you to request..., I can assure you...., I apologise for this problem..., please contact me if it is a problem... ).
The opening and closing of the letter are correct for a semi-formal letter to someone if you know their name (Dear Mr Strickland..., Yours sincerely... ).
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