IELTS Writing Task 2 Conclusion Strategy
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Hi I am Ben Adams, and this is IELTS7.guru.
When I first meet my IELTS students, they tend to have the following conclusion problems:
- They basically repeat the same sentences the have already said
- They don’t answer the question directly
- They make their conclusions really long
- They try to end their conclusions with something smart to try to impress the IELTS examiner
Don’t do this!
Today I’m going to tell you how you can easily avoid these mistakes.
I call it the 2-Sentence Conclusion Technique.
(If you have seen my 2-Sentence Introduction Strategy, then you may be asking “2 Sentences? Again?”
My approach to IELTS is Keep it Simple (Stupid) or KISS.
Anyway, this means if you can write an effective conclusion in only 2 Sentences, do it!
You can use this IELTS Conclusion with 80% of IELTS Task 2 Essays
1. What is the purpose of an IELTS Writing Task 2 Conclusion?
Before we start, I want you to ask yourself:
What is the purpose of a conclusion in an IELTS Task 2 Writing Essay?
(I hope) you said a conclusion in IELTS does two basic things:
- Summarize your main points
- Answer the question(s)!
The 2-Sentence Conclusion covers both of these.
2. What is the difference between a good and a bad conclusion in IELTS Task 2?
First, remember that like an introduction, a conclusion is something you must have to write an academic essay. This is because essays have conclusions. In other words, it is part of an Essay.
Very simply, this means if you don’t have a conclusion, you haven’t completed the task!
So what is the difference between a “good” and a “bad” conclusion in IELTS writing?
Let’s take a look at what www.ielts.org says.
Here are the public band descriptors for the IELTS Task 2 Writing that talk about conclusions.
|6||the conclusions may become unclear or repetitive|
|5||there may be no conclusions drawn|
See? You need a conclusion to get a 6 in Task Response.
This means, if you don’t have a conclusion, you will probably only get a 5 for Task Response.
It also shows that even if your conclusion is hard to follow or just repeats the main points you have made, you can still get a 6.
However, at ielts7.guru, we want you to get IELTS 7 in Task 2 Writing!
3. An OK Conclusion and a better Conclusion
Let’s start with an example. Here is a question from my 2-Sentence Introduction Strategy Post.
QuestionAs an increasingly large number of people are overweight, some people believe that universities should make sport compulsory
What is your opinion on this?
Here is a simple essay plan. Look at the Introduction, the topic sentences, and the three conclusions.
Q. Which conclusion is best?
Q. What makes this conclusion better? (Or, what makes the others worse.)
|Introduction||Recently, people have been worried about the number of overweight people. The question is, should universities force all students to do sport?|
|1st Topic Sentence and Paragraph||To start with, there a number of reasons for requiring students to be more active.
|2st Topic Sentence and Paragraph||However, this would cause some problems too.
|Conclusion 1||In conclusion, making university students do sport has a number of advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, I believe it should be mandatory.|
|Conclusion 2||In conclusion, although making university students do sport would be beneficial to students, it may also harm some students. Therefore, I believe it should not be mandatory.|
|Conclusion 3||In conclusion, although making university students do sport would probably make them healthier, it would not be appropriate for everyone. Therefore, I believe it should not be mandatory.|
The problem with Conclusion 1 it is very vague. It does not compare the two positions. It does not make it clear to the reader which you probably prefer.
Conclusion 2 is much better. We can tell our position from the first sentence. However, it is still vague. You can’t guess the content of the body paragraphs from the conclusion.
Conclusion 3 is the best option. Not only is our position obvious from the first sentence, we can generally understand the main points or arguments made in the body paragraphs.
You may think that writing a conclusion like Conclusion 3 (or even Conclusion 2!) is hard.
It is actually quite easy.
4. The 2-Sentence Conclusion Technique
In conclusion, + although / while [position you don’t agree with], [position you do agree with].
Therefore, [statement about what you think, how much you agree, what solution is best, or who you agree with.]
In conclusion, although being a vegetarian may be healthy, it is not particularly interesting. Therefore, I believe vegetarianism would not be appropriate diet choice for most people.
The key thing with although and while sentences is put the part you agree with at the end!
5. Can I use the 2-Sentence Conclusion with any Task 2 Writing Essay?
You can use the 2-Sentence Conclusion with any essay with 2 contrasting views
You can use the 2-Sentence Conclusion with any essay with 2 contrasting views:
- advantages vs disadvantages
- one option vs another option
- one point of view vs another point of view
In other words, you can use this technique 80% of the time.
Now it is your turn to take action!
Take ActionGo to ielts7.guru. Look at this blog post. And try the exercises. Try to write your examples in the comments!
Task 2 Writing Conclusion Practice
Look at the two practice questions and the mini-essay plans. Write your own conclusions in the comments below. I’ll let you know how you go.
Practice Question 1In the developing world, rainforests are being cut down to make more farmland. One idea is to turn these areas into protected parks.
Evaluate this idea, provide another, and give your opinion.
|1st Topic Sentence & paragraph||One option is to have more national parks.
|2nd Topic Sentence & paragraph||Alternatively, rich countries could pay poorer countries to not cut down their forests.
Practice Question 2Some people believe that the death penalty is necessary. Others, however, argue that the death penalty is never acceptable.
Discus these views and give your opinion.
|1st Topic Sentence & paragraph||To start with, it can be argued that in some circumstances
|2nd Topic Sentence & paragraph||However, others believe that this is not a good idea for several reasons.
Remember to write your conclusions!
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