How to Identify the Types of Letter in the IELTS Writing Task 1

The IELTS Letter Writing Task is the first task in the IELTS General Module. In this section, candidates are required to write a either a personal/informal letter, a semi-formal or a formal letter. Candidates however find it difficult to identify when to write each type. Here is a quick guide I have collated from various sources.

It is essential to know the differences between Personal Letter/Informal Letter, Semi-Formal and Formal Letter. Below are the main features:

types of letters


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