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IELTS Letters – Band 8

IELTS Writing – samples of IELTS letters of Band 8

IELTS Letter, topic: Inviting a friend to a music concert

Write a letter to your friend inviting him/her to a music concert. Please say:

– Where and when does the concert start?
– What type of music will be played there?
– Why do you think your friend will enjoy it?


Dear Sally,

Hope this letter finds you well. I haven’t forgotten how much you helped me, my lovely friend, when you looked after my house and my puppies while I travelled to Bali last month.

To thank you I bought two tickets to a music concert that is going to be held in the city hall next Friday. The concert will start at 8 pm. I hope you will be free by then and will be able to join me.

Different bands are going to play rock-n-roll music, your favorite kind, so I am sure we are going to have fun there.

Although I was only able to purchase two tickets for us, my friends Anna and Diana, whom you met at my last birthday party also bought tickets online. We can all go together, the more, the merrier. So, let me know if you are going to be able join us. Give my love to your family.

Looking forward to seeing you at the city hall next Friday.


This letter includes all the required items from the task statement. There is a clear logical flow of information and the use of paragraphing is appropriate. The use of informal vocabulary is suitable for this type of letter. The writer demonstrated good control of grammar. Overall this letter seems to be worthy of IELTS Band 8.

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IELTS Letter, topic: Resigning from a part time job

You have just finished your master’s degree and need to leave your current part-time job to search for full-time employment.

Write a letter to your current employer. In your letter:

– explain why you will not be able to pursue a full-time job in his/her company
– say why you’ve enjoyed working for him/her
– tell him/her how much longer you will continue to work for him/her.


Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to inform you of my resignation in order to seek a full-time position at another company.

I will be unable to continue to work at your company as I have decided to pursue a career in Marketing. Being an international student, I was working here to support myself and fund my education. However, now that I finished my master’s degree in Marketing, I would like to start working in my profession.

I greatly enjoyed my time working as a retail associate in your company. Not only did I have an opportunity to meet new people, but also it helped me polish my English speaking and listening skills.

I can continue working here for the next 2 weeks. After that, I would like to dedicate all of my time to the application process for the companies I would like to work at.

I hope that I was a valuable employee to you, and would appreciate a reference letter from you to my future employer.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,
Rowena Marti

This letter covers all the bullet points from the task statement. The information is organised in a logical way and cohesive devices are used appropriately. The range of vocabulary is adequate for the purpose of this letter. Sentence structures are varied and the grammar is well controlled. Overall this letter seems to be worthy of IELTS Band 8.

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