General Training IELTS Writing Task 1: Greetings and Salutation

As I mentioned before that it’s very important to get your tone right in General Training IELTS Writing Task 1. Here are some good greetings and salutations in an informal letter.

Friends usually have names ;-) so address him/her with a name: begin the letter with Dear Joey/ Tim /Rebecca, etc.
Begin your letter with some general statements. Refer to the letter you have received from your friend and thank him/her for it or apologies for the fact that you have not answered the last letter soon enough.
Use the proper register. The letter is supposed to be informal so you can use contractions, informal linking words like well, by the way, anyway, so, colloquial expressions, etc.
You can use more-conversation-like statements or questions in your letter: You know that I had this exam, right? You think he will be able to come to the party?
Use questions to ask about your friend – arrange the next meeting, send greetings to his/her friends and family, etc.
End your letter in informal way: Best wishes; Love; Regards. 

Dear + first name, (E.g. Dear Jeffrey,)

Greetings:
I hope you’re well.
Hope all’s well.
Thank you for your letter. It was nice to hear from you.
I'm sorry I haven't written for so long but…

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IELTS Reading: General Training – Matching

Read the following General Training IELTS Reading practice – a notice that gives information about school excursions. Each excursion is labelled A-F. Answer questions 1-5 below by writing the appropriate letter A-F behind each question.

SCHOOL EXCURSIONS

A Ancient and Modern Museum
This is a museum with a difference. Along with the usual historical exhibits, this museum features an up-to-date display of hands-on information technology.

B Shortlands Wildlife Park
This is not the usual animal gaol. Here exotic animals wander free in large compounds, separated in such a way that they can't harm one another.

C Botanical Gardens
Besides the many exotic plants one expects to see in a botanical garden, these gardens feature an array of native birds and other wildlife.

D Wax World
If you're interested in seeing how people used to live and dress, Wax World is the place for you. Featuring over 100 wax models of famous people, this venue is well-suited to anyone interested in changing trends in clothing.

E Technology Park
In the planetarium you can observe features of the night sky, and learn about such historical events as the origin of the crab nebula. This excursion also includes a visit to the Satellite Mapping Centre.

F The Light Fantastic
Find out about the fascinating process of candle making. This factory also holds the additional attraction of illustrating the diverse uses that candles and other wax products can have—from the projection of film to their use in the art of sculpture and decoration.

Questions:

1. Which excursion would you choose if you wanted to know about the different uses of wax?
2. Where could students learn something about the animals of the country they are studying in?
3. On which excursion is it possible to learn something about the stars?
4. Which excursion would be suitable for students of fashion and design?
5. Which excursion would attract people interested in computers?

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IELTS Reading: Matching practice

Here is a General Training IELTS Reading Matching practice. Please use your watch to time yourself when you are doing this practice. (10 minutes)

The following notice gives information about school excursions. Each excursion is labeled A-J.

SCHOOL EXCURSIONS

A Ancient and Modern Museum
This is a museum with a difference. Along with the usual historical exhibits, this museum features an up-to-date display of hands-on information technology.

B Shortlands Wildlife Park
This is not the usual animal gaol. Here exotic animals wander free in large compounds, separated in such a way that they can't harm one another.

C Botanical Gardens
Besides the many exotic plants one expects to see in a botanical garden, these gardens feature an array of native birds and other wildlife.

D Wax World
If you're interested in seeing how people used to live and dress, Wax World is the place for you. Featuring over 100 wax models of famous people, this venue is well-suited to anyone interested in changing trends in clothing.

E The Central Art Gallery
The art gallery has six chambers each exhibiting paintings from different periods, from the Middle Ages to the present. The walking tour, recorded on tape, is designed for visitors interested in art history and criticism.

F Technology Park
In the planetarium you can observe features of the night sky, and learn about such historical events as the origin of the crab nebula. This excursion also includes a visit to the Satellite Mapping Centre.

G Parliament
Students are met at the entrance by ushers who show them around the Houses. The tour includes the Hansard library, the grand lounge, government and opposition offices and the public gallery.

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IELTS Reading: a General Training Reading Practice

Here is an IELTS Reading Pracitce for General Training – keep cut flowers. Please time yourself when you do this practice (no more than 10 minutes, as it is prettry easy). Click here to download this passage and questions. (You’d better print this out.)

Answers

1 humidity, quality of water
2 chlorine bleach
3 direct sunlight / strong wind (sunlight or wind will be considered wrong answer)
4 8
5 Shape, color
6 seeds
7 maintaining low temperatures
8 water content
9 age more slowly
10 tropical

IELTS Reading: True/False/Not Given

Do the True/False/Not Given questions from a General Training practice test.
Read the advertisement below for Regent Taxi Services and look at the statements following it.
Answer the questions by writing:

TRUE – if the statement is true
FALSE - if the statement is false
NOT GIVEN - if the information is not given in the advertisement

  1. It will cost $50 for 2 people to go to Eastley town centre.
  2. Westley Taxi Services will go to any destination.

Answers:

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