Task 2 Essay Structure

Paragraphs in Task 2

So what is the structure of a Task 2 essay?

If you write just one paragraph, which many candidates do, you will automatically be limited to Band 5 for “Coherence and Cohesion”.

Look at the Public Band Descriptors, at Band 5 it says: “may not write in paragraphs, or paragraphing may be inadequate”. So we learn from this that the essay MUST have paragraphs if you want Band 6 or higher.

How many?

A Task 2 essay will need a minimum of 4 paragraphs.

Paragraph 1: Introduction where you introduce the topic and tell the reader your position (Two sentences or about 40 words is enough but there is no rule)

Paragraph 2: This is the first “Body Paragraph” and starts to answer one part of the question. (It should be about 90 words in a two body paragraph essay or 60 words if you are writing three body paragraphs)

Paragraph 3: This is the second “Body Paragraph” and answers the remainder of the question. (It should be about 90 words in a two body paragraph essay or 60 words if you are writing three body paragraphs)

Paragraph 4: Conclusion where you sum up the topic and give a very clear opinion of your position if you were asked for an opinion in the essay question. (Two sentences or about 40 words is enough but there is no rule)

I will have more to say next time about how body paragraphs must be written to achieve Band 7.

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