How long should the introduction paragraph be for IELTS Writing?

Many students ask us how long their introduction paragraph should be for IELTS writing task 2. While the majority of the students write two sentences (about 50 words), a significant number of students also write three or four sentences (about 70 words).

So we have compiled our recommendations to some of your frequently asked questions. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions!

How long should my introduction be?

We would recommend you having two statements for your introduction. You should have a background statement which introduces the essay question and a thesis statement which introduces your position or main points. This means you will write about two sentences. Of course, a sentence that provides coherence into the next paragraph does not hurt.

Can I write a longer introduction?

Honestly speaking, we see no reason to write a longer introduction. The only reason for the introduction is to introduce the essay topic and your position, any other information is unnecessary. Unnecessary information is a waste of time and shows a lack of focus for a short, concise essay.

The key to a good score for your IELTS essay is to write strong body paragraphs which each contain a clear, relevant main point that is extended and developed. So, don’t waste more time adding more to your introduction. You will be marked down if your essay includes unnecessary information or lacks focus.

What about a hook?

The problem we see with many essays is that, they have a very general sentence at the start of the introduction to get the readers interest. For example “In the modern world, technology is playing an increasingly important role“. This is not needed in IELTS. You just need to introduction the essay question and then introduction your position or ideas. You must use your time wisely and spend more time planning your ideas and writing your body paragraphs.

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