Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

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Firstly, it is important to realize that the introduction paragraph of your IELTS Task 2 essay is purely functional.

This is NOT where you try to impress the examiner with your ideas or your examples.

Don’t get creative in this first paragraph. That information is for your body paragraphs.

In fact, much of your score relies on your body paragraphs– not the introduction or the conclusion.

Even though the introduction isn’t necessarily interesting, it must fulfill certain objectives related to your score.



The very first sentence of your essay must clearly state the topic of your essay, immediately.

I realize in some cultures this is not how you write. However, in English, especially in such a short essay like Task 2, you have to be very direct and clear.

So, don’t try to have a hook or a story, or try to creatively get around to the topic.


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Those sentences will not help your score. In fact, they will hurt it.

After stating the topic, for most Task 2 essays, you will present two sides of the topic, like 2 opinions, and state your own opinion.

Again, this is related to your score. In order to have a high score for Task Response, the examiner has to see your clear position throughout the essay.

Finally comes the thesis statement. Now, this isn’t vital, but I do recommend including this sentence.

It tells the examiner what kind of information will be in the body paragraphs, like advantages and disadvantages, for instance. This helps your Cohesion Coherence score.

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