Score

Maximum – 14 points

Timing – 40 min

AspectMaximum points
Content3
Structure3
Vocabulary3
Grammar3
Spelling and punctuation2

Structure

5 paragraphs, 200-250 words

  1. Introduction (state the problem);
  2. Your personal opinion and 2-3 arguments to prove it;
  3. An opposing opinion and 1-2 arguments to prove it;
  4. Explanation why you don’t agree with the opposing opinion;
  5. Conclusion restating your position.

Tips

  • Stick to the formal style of writing.
  • Do not use contractions (don’t, can’t, I’m, it’s).
  • Do not use brackets and exclamation marks.
  • Do not start a sentence with and, but,also.
  • Do not use informal introductory phrases (well, to tell the truth ).
  • Avoid oversimplified short sentences.

Structure

1. Introduction

  • State the problem (paraphrase the statement)

Nowadays/in the modern world… people are getting more and more concerned about…

Nowadays many people face difficult decision when they…

There is no doubt that… is one of the most topical/pressing/controversial issues in the modern world.

One issue that causes a lot of controversy is…

  • Give two views

Some people believe that …, while others think…

Some people claim that …, while others argue that …

On the one hand, … on the other hand …

  • State the purpose of the essay

In this essay

  • I will try to look upon this issue.
  • I will try to express my opinion on this issue.
  • I would like to express my point of view on this issue.
  • I will try to answer this question.

2. My personal opinion

  • Express your opinion

In my opinion, …/ From my point of view, …/ To my mind, …/ Personally, I think that …/ I am certain that … / As far as I am concerned, …/ As for me…/In my view…

My personal view is that…

I think/suppose/believe/consider/assume that…

  • Give 2-3 arguments to prove your point of view

1) Firstly, …/ To start with, …/ To begin with, …/ First of all, …

2) Secondly

3) Moreover, …/ Furthermore, …/ What is more…/ Besides, …/ In addition, …/ On top of that,…/ Finally,…

3. An opposing opinion

  • Express an opposing opinion

Others believe that …
Some people argue that …
However, some people think that …

  • Give 1-2 arguments to prove it

Tip: State arguments that you can convincingly disagree with in the next paragraph!

4. Disagreeing

Disagree with the opposing opinion. But don’t repeat the above stated arguments! Just give reasons why you disagree!

 I cannot agree with this opinion because …/ I am afraid I cannot agree with this idea because … 

As for …,/ Speaking about …,/ As far as … is concerned,…

5. Conclusion

 In conclusion, …/ To sum up, …/ To conclude, …/ Summing up…

Despite the fact that …,

I am convinced that … 

Taking into consideration different opinions on this issue, I believe that …

Phrases for giving arguments

The main argument against/in favour is…
First of all, I would like to consider…
The first thing I would like to consider is…
To begin with, …/ To start with, …
Despite the fact that…/ In spite of the fact that…
On the one hand, … /On the other hand, …
Besides,…/ In addition,…/What is more, …/ Moreover, …/ More than that, …/Additionally, …
Finally, …
However, … / …, though
…although…
Nevertheless,…

Essay topics

Sport

Fashion

Food

Love and Friendship

Money

Family

Travelling

Education, School

Environment

Leisure time activities

Work and career

Sample Essays, My Students’ essays

1. Travelling by plane is inconvenient.

2. Climate change is a serious concern.

3. Circus is the best entertainment for children.