If you use this structure, you will not only score higher bands but you will also save time in the exam. If you practice enough, you will be able to write introductions in very little time. This will provide you with sufficient time to emphasize on the main body paragraphs, which will help you get a good score.

IELTS writing task 2 opinion essay should have three sentences, and these three sentences should be:

  1. Paraphrase question
  2. Thesis statement
  3. Outline statement

Let’s look at each sentence in more detail.

1. Paraphrase Question

Paraphrasing means, stating the question again but with different words that have the same meaning. We do this by using synonyms and flipping the order of sentences around.

2. Thesis Statement

This is the central idea of your essay that gives direction to developing the body paragraphs 1 and 2. It tells the examiner that you have understood the question and will lead to a clear and coherent essay.

3. Outline Statement

Now that you have paraphrased the question and told the examiner what you think in your thesis statement, you are going to tell the examiner what you will discuss in the main body paragraphs. In other words, you will outline what the examiner will read in the rest of the essay.

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