WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?

From 2020 onwards the B1 preliminary has changed, now candidates need to write an email instead of a letter. When we write an email for the B1 exams, you need to make sure that you use the information in the question and respond to the email. You need a clear introduction (thank the person for the email) and a clear ending (say goodbye). For a plan of how to write an excellent email, click HERE

 

WHAT ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS?

You need to respond to an email from an English friend or family member. You needs to take the main points from the email (using the notes) and write an answer in about 100 words. See this post for more information and an example text.

 

IS IT FORMAL OR INFORMAL?

Articles are semi-formal, meaning, you can use contractions (don’t, won’t), phrasal verbs and direct questions. But it needs an impersonal tone, try not to include the pronoun “I” too much. Instead, use “We”. See this post for more information. The email needs a familiar tone, as if you are writing to a friend.

 

Try writing these letters using 5 real exam questions. Remember to plan your answers and check them for mistakes when you have finished:

 

You must answer this question.

Write an answer in 100 words on the answer sheet:

A friend of yours, Sarah, has written you a email to talk about their holidays:

I went on an amazing trip last month and spent a lot of time outdoors. I prefer camping to staying in hotels. What about you? Would you like to come with us next time?

Write an email using all of the notes.

DOWNLOAD THESE QUESTIONS IN PDF HERE

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