General Writing Sample Task 1 #5

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have a friend who lives in a city abroad. You have decided that you would like to apply to do a course at one of the colleges in this city.

Write a letter to your friend. In the letter

  • explain what you would like to do
  • explain what kind of work or studies you have been doing for the past few years
  • ask for assistance in contacting an appropriate institution

Write at least 150 words.

Model answer

Dear Anita,

Sorry I haven't written to you for ages. I've been so busy over the last year and I never seem to have a minute to myself.

I'd like to study electrical engineering at university in Australia next year and I hope you can give me some advice. I think I would prefer Melbourne because I know a few people from my visit last year.

This year I'm doing maths and physics at school and I hope to do well in my exams. However, I really don't know which university to apply to, so could you send me some information about different colleges? Also, can you find out what qualifications I need? For instance, as an overseas student, do I have to take an English test?

I hope you don't mind doing this for me. It is much better to get this information from someone who lives in the country, so I hope to hear from you soon.

Many thanks,
Rosanna

(162 words)