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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 family party

Write a letter to your friend inviting him/her to your family party. In your letter

– Explain why you are organizing the party.
– Describe what you are planning to do.
– Say how important it is to have your friend at the party.


Dear Peter,

I hope you and your family are doing well. It is my sister’s birthday this weekend, and we are throwing a little party for family and close friends. You should definitely come!

The party is going be at the café in High Street, where we used to spend a lot of quality time together. I’m sure you know the way to the café very well, but in case you can’t remember simply text me, and I will send you directions. The program for the party is quite fun; we are going to eat, listen to music, and I’ll bring a specially ordered cake with my sister’s name written on it.

You and I have been friends for so long, and you know how much my sister loves you. She will be thrilled if you come. Also, I know you haven’t seen each other for a long time, since you left town to start university. I hope you are doing well in there, and my sister and I would love to hear all about it at the party.

Hope to see you very soon.



The purpose of this letter is clear, and all parts of the question were covered in its three paragraphs. This response is easy to read, thanks to the logical flow of ideas and fluency in their presentation. The vocabulary used here achieves an informal tone that this type of letter requires. Overall this letter seems to be worthy of IELTS Band 8.

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IELTS Letter, topic: Enquiring about lost clothes

You stayed at a hotel recently and forgot your clothes there. Write a letter to the hotel manager and say

– When and where did you stay?
– Describe your clothes.
– What would you like the manager to do about it?


Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Maria Johanson, I stayed at your hotel last week from the 13th till the 17th of June, and my room number was 804, located on the 8th floor. I am writing to seek your help with finding my belongings, which I accidentally left behind during my stay at the Hilton Dreams hotel.

I forgot one bag inside the lounge room, in the wardrobe by the front door. It’s a silver Samsonite medium size bag and inside you will find, among other things, a brand new black shirt with Ralph Lauren tag and one pair of blue jeans. These clothes haven’t been worn, as I just bought them during my stay at the mall located directly behind the hotel.

I would appreciate your assistance with finding my bag, and if possible, having it shipped to my home address that you have on file. I am prepared to transfer the shipment fees to the hotel bank account upon receiving your confirmation.

Thank you in advance for your help, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours Faithfully,

Maria Johanson.

The purpose of this letter is clear. Its author covered all the bullet points in the task statement and produced a fluent, coherent response, with the ideas sequenced and presented in a logical way. The vocabulary and level of formality are suitable for this type of letter. Overall this response seems to be worthy of IELTS Band 8.

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