You Recently Booked a Part-Time Course

You recently booked a part-time course at a college. You now need to cancel your booking.

Write a letter to the college administrator. In your letter

  • say which part-time course you booked
  • explain why you need to cancel your booking
  • ask about booking a different course

This formal letter question is from Cambridge IELTS 17 General Training Test 3 Writing Task 1.

Sample Letter 187 Words

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to inform you that although I recently signed up for the part-time Chemistry 201 course, I will need to drop the class. The class is scheduled for every Monday and Wednesday with Mr. Stone. I hope this won’t be an issue since the course has not begun yet.

I signed up for Chemistry 201 without realizing that the times conflict with my work schedule. Unfortunately, my boss changed my schedule, adding a three-hour block where the lab portion is supposed to be. I need to be able to keep my job in order to pay for school and my living expenses; so sadly I will need to cancel this enrollment. 

I still have a number of courses that I need to take in order to complete my degree–would it be possible to enroll in one of those instead? I looked at the course catalog and noticed that the Algebra course would fit well into my work schedule. Since I still need to fulfill my mathematics requirement, I would be grateful if you would allow me to switch. 


Jennifer Adams

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