IELTS General Writing Task 1 Practice 8

The IELTS General Writing Task 1 requires you to write a letter of at least 150 words in response to a given prompt. The duration for completing this task is 20 minutes.


You are studying for a qualification, and you would like some time off work to complete it.

Write a letter to your manager. In your letter:

  • Ask for some time off to complete a qualification.
  • Suggest what you will do later at work if you have time off.
  • Say how the qualification helps your job or company.

Model Answer:

Dear Mr. Anand,

I am writing to you about the possibility of taking a fortnight off work in order to complete my Master’s degree in Engineering. I am almost finished writing my thesis, which must be submitted to my university by June 30th. Unfortunately, all my annual leave has been used up. Any time I took off, would naturally be unpaid; I would also check my email daily, and be available for emergency phone calls. On return, I would endeavour to come into the office earlier than usual and work Saturdays in order to catch up on anything I had missed. I have already spoken about my situation to my colleagues Mr. Raghu and Ms. Ann, who are both willing to assume my responsibilities for two weeks.

I realise my temporary absence could be an inconvenience to you and the rest of the team, but in the long term, our company will benefit from my research. As you may be aware, I have been investigating 3-D printing for some time, and my thesis compares three printers already on the market with two designs pending patent and production. Since our company is considering developing software for these printers, my expertise will help give us a competitive edge.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Arun Kumar

Based on your understanding of the above task come up with your own answer and share it in the comment.

All Comments

  • Dear Mr. Sudarshan,
    I am writing this letter to request some time off from work for 3 consecutive days starting from Fe 03rd to 06th, 2023 to complete my AWS certification.
    I will attempt for my final AWS certification exam on 06th and almost done with all my preparations to revise my topics and arrive for the exam I would be in need of time off to concentrate on the test. As you know I have never taken any leaves apart from sick days. Kindly consider my situation and grant me three days privilege leave to finish my exams in full fledge.

    I assure you to compensate my time off by working on weekends and I will also sporadically check my emails and will join important meetings without fail during my leave days. Adding to that I have also discussed about my time off with Nile and Arjun from our team and they are willing to share the work load in my absence.

    I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Yours sincerely,
    Ankita Navaneethan.

    Madhu February 4, 2023 3:49 AM Reply

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