There is a lot of material available on the internet and a hugh number of real and made up essay examples, for students to practice from and yet time and time again we find our students struggling, so we thought we would write the basics of what you need to do, to write a good essay for PTE Academic or for IELTS. Each has the same word requirement, and the subject is changing the answer format a little, but the basics are still very much the same, and this is what we want you to get right.

The essay writing task is common both the general and academic IELTS, as well as PTE Academic. You will have 40 (25 in PTE) minutes to write a 250-word response to an essay question. Your essay should include four paragraphs consisting of an introduction, two body paragraphs and a conclusion. The reason for this is that is all the space you have in 250 words, to do this properly! Which also means, if you follow that structure you will do well, if your writing is good.

The different type of essay questions, will only alter your use of this pattern according to the question.

We have a “Just Get it Done” set of notes we handout to students, this is just our simple instructions what is needed to be done for each question type!


Just the Essay

Follow a simple essay structure for Scoring high in IELTS & PTE Academic.

Simple Essay Structure

Start with a simple 4 point essay structure:
Typically write 4 parts

Part 1:
Sentence 1: Opening sentence
Sentence 2: Rephrase the topic (paraphrase)

Part 2 (main idea 1):
Sentence 1: Opening sentence, about idea 1
Sentence 2: Write something to support sentence 1
Sentence 3: Give example, starts by “For example…”

Part 3 (main idea 2):
Sentence 1: Opening sentence, about idea 2
Sentence 2: Write something to support sentence 2
Sentence 3: Give example, starts by “For example…”

Part 4 (conclusion)
Sentence 1: With all the above mentioned arguments (summarise them), it can be concluded that…[conclusion here]

After you’re done with the essay, spend around 3-5 minutes to check all grammar and another 3 minutes to replace all the common words with more phrases as below words. For example, replace “importance” with “significance”, put some complicated phrase like “Linked to this is the fact that …”, “To begin with, a variety of reasons can be offered to explain why I am in favour of XXX”, “In addition, it is worth pointing out that it is widely held that …” etc…


Check Your Grammar

Once you have done that do not forget to proof read it for spelling and grammar. We recommend you buy the book English Grammar in use , or the more Advanced Grammar in use, Grammar book, depending upon your level.

Difficulty starting or with what to say?

Quite simple, when you see a structure and memorise just what you need to do. Now here some other words that you can use to expand each of these sections with.

opening

It is often said that… / Many people claim that…
In this day and age … / Nowadays … / These days …
We live in an age when many of us are …
… is a hotly-debated topic that often divides opinion.
… is often discussed yet rarely understood.
It goes without saying that… is one of the most important issues facing us today.
The following essay takes a look at both sides of the argument.

introducing point

Firstly, let us take a look at… / To start with, …
First of all, it is worth considering …
Secondly,… Thirdly, …
Furthermore,… / In addition,… / What is more,… / On top of that,…
Another point worth noting is … / Another factor to consider is …
Lastly,… / Finally,… / Last but not least,…

presenting ideas & giving examples:

When it comes to noun/gerund,…
In terms of noun/gerund, …
With respect to noun/gerund, …
Not only … but also …

According to experts,…

Research has found that…

There are those who argue that … For instance … / For example … / such as

expressing result & reason:

As a result,… / As a result of…,
… has led to … /… has resulted in …
Consequently,… / Therefore, …
On account of… / Due to …
One reason behind this is …

contrasting:

Although/Even though subject + verb,…
Despite/ln spite of noun/gerund,…
Despite the fact that subject + verb, …
On the one hand … On the other hand …
However… / Nevertheless,… / Even so …

opinion:

As far as I’m concerned, …
From my point of view, …
In my opinion,…
Personally speaking, …
My own view on the matter is …

concluding:

To sum up,… / In conclusion, …
All things considered,…
Taking everything into consideration,…
Weighing up both sides of the argument, …
The advantages of… outweigh the disadvantages.


Summary

So in conclusion, or to sum up, we can say that if you are having trouble with learning and using these simple techniques for scoring well in IELTS or PTE Academic essay, then contact our training center for assistance.

Good luck with your exams.

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