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GT Task 1: You have a problem with the high levels of noise

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are living in a University residence, and you have a problem with the high levels of noise from a new campus restaurant which is open until midnight.

Write a letter to the governor of the University. In your letter,

  • complain about the situation
  • say why this is a problem
  • and propose ways to reduce the noise

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ……………….,

Sample Answer 1:

Dear Mr Oliver,

I am writing this letter regarding the incessant noise that comes from the new canteen that has recently opened near my University residence. Although I am delighted that we have this facility that offers tremendous benefits to students, the restaurant remains open up to midnight, and as a result, there is considerable talking, shouting, music, and the loud sound of motorbikes continuing until about 12:30 each night.

This causes me and my neighbours in the residence a serious quandary because at that time we are either trying to sleep, study or complete an assignment. The noise is so deafening that it is quite impossible to sleep. The sound and the commotion disturb us and hamper our sleep at night, making us tired in the mornings or affecting the progress of our studies or assignment. I am sure you will comprehend that this is a very worrying situation for us all.

To prevent further complications, I would like to suggest that the campus authorities restrict the canteen’s opening hours from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. I propose that we also put up some signs reminding users to be considerate and keep their noise to an absolute minimum. I hope you would take the initiative to implement them to save us from the nuisance.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this important matter.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Blake

[Written by – Nathaniel]



Model Answer 2:

Dear Mr Muller,

I am Elena Shephard, a resident at the Brookbrain University Residential Area, writing to complain about the unbearable noise and cacophony from a newly opened restaurant. I am hoping that you will intervene to resolve the problem.

The ceaseless noise problem from the newly opened restaurant has become so severe that it is giving us mental trauma. I am very pleased about living in this otherwise great and peaceful residential area, but the high-pitched noise and honks from motor vehicles generated due to the gathering at the restaurant have made the life of the residents extremely difficult.

It has become such a big problem for us because this eatery remains open till 2:00 in the morning starting from 9.00 AM, and it attracts a large number of crowds every hour. The customers bring cars and motorcycles and talk in front of the restaurant. Moreover, the restaurant authority uses loudspeakers to listen to music day and night. It affects our sleep, study and work since we can hardly concentrate or sleep when there is extreme noise around us. 

To solve the problem, the campus authority needs to restrict the canteen’s opening and closing hours between 11:00 AM and 9:00 PM. I suppose the restaurant authority should put some signs to request guests not to use any horns, and stop using the loud music altogether. We are hoping that you would make sure these steps are implemented to keep the noise absolute minimum. 

Thank you for your kind attention and initiatives in advance.

Sincerely yours,

Elena Shephard.

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