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IELTS General Writing Test 3

Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

“A museum near your home is looking for people to do part-time voluntary/unpaid work. You would like to do some voluntary/unpaid work at the museum.”
Write a letter to the museum director to apply for the voluntary/unpaid work.
In your letter
• explain why you want to do voluntary/unpaid work at the museum
• describe some skills and qualities you have that would be useful
• give details of when you would be available for work
Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write any addresses.
Begin your letter as follows:
Dear Sir or Madam, 

Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

“Nowadays many people complain that they have difficulties getting enough sleep.”
What problems can lack of sleep cause?
What can be done about lack of sleep?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words



“A museum near your home is looking for people to do part-time voluntary/unpaid work. You would like to do some voluntary/unpaid work at the museum.”

This is an answer written by a candidate who achieved a Band 6.0 score.

Dear Sir or Madam

I saw an advert that said that people that want to do voluntary at this museum should contact you. That’s why I am writing this letter!

I would like to do voluntary work at your museum. I am keen on art and history, and especially I am keen on working with them. From what I kow, your museum is based on works of art that have fabulous history.

In the museum I could work as a guide. I already know some interesting information about the drawings that you have in the museum, but if there is something that I don’t know or something that needs improvement, I am opened to studying and developing my knowledge.

I really like working with other people and explaining things that they are interested in, and that is a good skill I guess for guiding.

I am free every Monday, Friday and Sunday from 3PM to 7PM.

I am waiting for your reply and I hope that you agree with my voluntary work

Here is the examiner’s comment:

The writer has made a fair attempt at the task, covering all three bullet points, with the second bullet point covered in more depth than the first and the third Organisation is logical and there is a clear overall progression, slightly spoiled by the lack of a closing formula (Yours faithfully). The range of vocabulary is sufficient for the task (advert | contact you keen on work as a guide drawings studying and developing my knowledge working with other people) and there are only minor errors [kow/know opened / open] There is a mix of simple and complex structures, generally used accurately, although there is a minor error in the lack of an article [have (a) fabulous history). The score could be improved by expanding on the first and third bullet points and by using a wider range of grammatical structures. 


“Nowadays many people complain that they have difficulties getting enough sleep.”
What problems can lack of sleep cause?
What can be done about lack of sleep?

This is an answer written by a candidate who achieved a Band 7.0 score.

In the modern world, it is argued that sleeping is not taking seriously as before. Some factors which influence this trend can be managed. This essay will discuss problems caused by lack of sleep and give possible solutions to avoid lack of sleep. It will outline the inefficiency of human beings 25 a result of lack of sleep and point at the importance to reducing work overload to sleep well as well as maintaining diet physical and mental health.

Lack of sleep can cause inefficiency in human beings which results in accidents. Fatigue and tiredness tend to overwhelm human beings when they lack sleeping the body requires enough rest and when this is not permitted it will shut down anytime. Overworking causes body to be sore. A body which is sore from overworking might not get enough from a sleep but requires treatment Accidents in roads and at work are sometimes a result of non sleeping people. When a body is sore performance is decreased It is advised to take enough sleep in order to perform duties swiftly. Accidents causes serious damage in human life there it is encouraged to take enough sleep to avoid mishaps.

It is now an individual call to be responsible in doing what is best to avoid consequences of net sleeping Reducing work overload is of the solution to combat fatigue. It is not advisable to work overload as this causes the body to be sore. Healthy eating according to dieticians provide remedies to human health. This greatly constitutes to the communications of mind and body and work for those who are consistent on the practice. Normal hours of working time per day and correct diet is essential in mainting a wonderful balance in sleep and work.

In conclusion sleeping is essential. Work overloads should be reduced and deiting as well as physical health are encouraged. Governments and stakeholders must pennalise those who work overwork themselves by more tax. 

Here is the examiner’s comment:

The writer addresses both parts of the task, presenting ideas and developing them. The writer’s viewpoint is clear throughout the text. Ideas are organised logically, there is a clear progression and each paragraph has a clear central topic. The range of vocabulary shows a number of less common items (fatigue overwhelm treatment performance | mishaps combat | dieticians remedies) although there are occasional errors in spelling (ineffeciency / inefficiency | mantaining / maintaining consequencies / consequences mainting / maintaining / deiting / dieting / pernalise / penalise) and word choice (constitutes / contributes]. The word (sore) is overused and there are occasional errors in the use of dependent prepositions e.g. (point at / out importance to / of]. There is a variety of complex structures used with good grammatical control. Occasional errors occur [is not taking (taken as) seriously (as) causes (the) body is (one) of the solution(s) but the majority of sentences are error-free. 

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Arfa Naveed
Arfa Naveed
1 year ago

Dear madam/sir,
Recently, I got to know that you had been looking for people who’d like to volunteer at a museum and that those interested should contact you. I thought it would be a perfect chance to avail this oppurtunity.

Before getting in to the depth of why I want to volunteer for this I’d like to tell you about my interest in history. It has been one of the most engrossing subjects to me and all my life I’ve been captivated by the beauty of historic institutes one of which is museum.

Also I’d like to share my knowledge and information about most of the historic paintings, figurines, artefacts etc with visitors and to be honest it seems to me the best way to increase my knowledge.

Talking about my own skills, I guess knowledge and interest is the key to gain capabilities so I definitely have the potential. I am very observant and have keen interest in ancient particulars. History has never failed to fascinate or engage my thoughts.

I am available every weekend from 4: 00p.m to 7: 00p.m.
I am eager to hear from you and I hope I succeeded to convince you with my voluntary skills.

Warm Regards,

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