Common Introduction For Ielts Essay Questions

How long should your introduction paragraph be for IELTS writing task 2? Some students write two sentences (about 50 words) while other students write three or four sentences (about 70 words).

How long should my introduction be?

You should have two statements for your introduction. You should have a background statement which introduces the essay question and a thesis statement which introduces your position or main points. This means you will write about two sentences.

Can I write a longer introduction?

There is no reason to write a longer introduction. The only reason for the introduction is to introduce the essay topic and your position, any other information is unnecessary. Unnecessary information is a waste of time and shows a lack of focus for a short, concise essay.

The key to a good score for your IELTS essay is to write strong body paragraphs which each contain a clear, relevant main point that is extended and developed. So, don’t waste more time adding more to your introduction. You will be marked down if your essay includes unnecessary information or lacks focus.

What about a hook?

Many essays have a very general sentence at the start of the introduction to get the readers interest. For example “In the modern world, technology is playing an increasingly important role“. This is not needed in IELTS. You just need to introduction the essay question and then introduction your position or ideas. You must use your time wisely and spend more time planning your ideas and writing your body paragraphs.

How can I write a good introduction for IELTS writing task 2?

Just follow this link to a free video lesson on how to write an introduction for writing task 2.

Is the introduction the same for GT writing task 2?

Yes, the technique and aim for the GT essay is the same as the academic essay. That means all tips, models and lessons given on this blog can be used by ALL IELTS students.



Do you know how to write an awesome introduction for IELTS Writing Task 2?

Today we’ll show you exactly what you need to say for a great introduction for your Writing test.

The majority of IELTS questions are about opinions. You’ll get questions like: “Do you agree or disagree?” or “To what extent do you agree or disagree?”

Remember that an IELTS essay is not long. It is about 250 words. Four paragraphs are fine.

How to structure your introduction:

  • Your introduction should be 3-4 sentences
  • Sentence 1: The hook. This is what pulls in the reader. How do you hook the reader and get them excited to read the essay and to get them interested in the topic? You must mention the topic right away. Be careful of cultural differences in writing. With the hook you can give an interesting statistic and you can make it up. You don’t need to base it on real research because you don’t have access to the internet or any kind of research. If you can’t give a statistic then give a short general history of the topic such as ” the topic of libraries has been in the news a lot lately”
    • Give a statistic
    • Say something surprising
    • Give a short history of the topic
  • Sentence 2: Introduce the two opinions on the topic: “Some people are of the opinion that libraries will close in the near future; however, I disagree.”
  • Sentence 3: Thesis statement. Keep it short, simple, clear, and get to the point. “In this essay I will discuss both opinions” or “In this essay I will discuss why libraries will disappear.”

Remember, your specific examples come into the essay in the body paragraph so you don’t need them in the introduction.


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