Band 8 IELTS Letter Sample | A Letter Requesting Leave Of Absence

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You are studying for a qualification, and you would like some time off work to complete it. Write a letter to your manager. In your letter:

  • Ask for some time off to complete a qualification
  • Suggest what you will do later at work if you have time off
  • Say how the qualification helps your job or company

Band 8 IELTS letter sample

Dear Sir,

I have been working as an audit assistant with your firm for two years. I am also preparing for my chartered accountancy exam. Actually I am writing my CA final exam in the first week of January.

Because my exams are approaching, I wanted to have a two weeks’ leave of absence for preparation. I know this is a really busy time and you cannot permit any staff to go on leave at the moment. But I need this time-off to crack my exams. I will certainly rejoin work the day after my last exam. I will also try to work on weekends to complete the work piled up in my absence. The firm will also benefit if I pass my CA exam as we will have one more qualified person for dealing with bank audit assignments.

I hope you will empathize with my situation and grant me leave of absence for two weeks.

Thank you for your consideration.

Yours faithfully,


Manjusha Nambiar

Hi, I'm Manjusha. This is my blog where I give IELTS preparation tips.

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