Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

IELTS Writing is a huge challenge for many students!

Are you worried about IELTS Writing Task 2? Do you know how to organize your paragraphs?

Today you’ll find out how to write an awesome body paragraph for Writing Task 2.

We’ll give you the formula, linking words, examples, and the steps that you need to follow to get a 7 or higher on this part of the IELTS Writing test.

Last week we talked about how write an introduction on Writing Task 2 and today we’ll talk about the body paragraph.

The best information in your essay should go into the body paragraph.

The introduction and conclusion should not contain any substantial information.

You’ll need two body paragraphs which describe two sides of the issue for an argument essay.

  • Sentence 1 (topic sentence): Basic summary of what you are going to talk about. Present the main idea of the paragraph. For example, “There are many reasons to support co-ed schools.” By using a broad sentence you leave it open to go into more detail
  • Sentence 2 (first reason): Give the reason for what you are saying in your topic sentence. Use a lot of linking words. For example, “Firstly, there is a lot to learn by going to school with the opposite gender.” Next you need to add more details to expand on that idea. You can use personal examples or fake research here. You do not need to use statistics that are actually real. You can make them up. Try to have 5-6 sentences.
  • At the end of the body paragraph you don’t have to summarize what you have said because you might run out of time to write the conclusion paragraph.

Stick to this structure, stay organized, and practice it many times before the exam.

Use a variety of topics when you practice.

This structure will become a habit for you and you will be able to increase your score on the IELTS Writing test.

What questions do you have about IELTS body paragraphs?

Let us know in the comments below.

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