The Secrets to Writing a Compelling Conclusion for IELTS Task 2
Updated: Nov 17
Learn how you can end your essay on a strong note.
In the past, I have shared tips on writing a powerful introduction, as well as organizing your body paragraphs. Now, I will reveal the secrets on writing a compelling conclusion for your IELTS Task 2 essay.
Why is your conclusion important?
Writing a weak conclusion can lead to you losing points in the Coherence and Cohesion component. An introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion are the important parts of paragraphing—if your essays demonstrates “paragraphing sufficiently and appropriately,” this can get you to Band 8 according to the IELTS band description rubric. However, if you do “not write in paragraphs, or paragraphing may be inadequate,” you may only get as high as Band 5. Therefore, if you want to receive a Band 7 or above, it is essential to end your essay with a brief concluding paragraph.
What are the key parts of the conclusion?
Like any paragraph, the concluding paragraph has a typical structure to follow. Technically, it is the reverse of an introduction. In your conclusion, you start from the specifics and move towards the general. Here are the key parts of the structure of your conclusion:
Topic Sentence: This is a reemphasis of your thesis. You are going to state again what you have argued in the main body paragraphs.
Supporting Sentence(s): This is a brief wrap up of the main points of your response.
Closing sentence: This is your final opinion. It provides a sense of closure to your composition. In one general sentence, you show why your ideas are important.
How to write your conclusion?
Keeping the above structure in mind, you could write a short conclusion of just two sentences.
Show you are ending your essay: It is essential to signal to the reader that you are ending your essay. Therefore, use a concluding phrase such as ‘to conclude’ or ‘to summarize’ at the beginning of your paragraph. Avoid words such as ‘finally’ or ‘lastly’ as these are generally used to end a list of ideas.
Recall your introduction: Your conclusion is just a rephrasing of your thesis and main ideas that you have already stated in your introduction. You just need to rephrase it here mentioning why your position is important and how your arguments align. You could use a single complex or compound-complex sentence to write this part. Try not to repeat the statement from the introduction verbatim.
Give your final opinion: You need to give a strong ending to your arguments. Present your final opinion here by mentioning why your essay is important. You could give a general statement that calls for future action or hope for the future. It could also be in the form of a quote. Make sure to establish a sense of closure with your finishing sentence.
An example of a Conclusion
Let’s refer to the prompt that I used in the blog post about writing an introduction:
Education, from preschool through university, should be paid for by the government and therefore free to students. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Here was the sample introduction that I wrote:
Education has been internationally established as a basic human right around the world and is important for a successful society. Although education from the basic level all the way up to university has become expensive, government aid can alleviate that problem; moreover, free education will curb excessive capitation in the name of admission fees. I agree that education through university should be paid for by the government because it will make education affordable and curb capitation.
From this, we can write our two-sentence conclusion of roughly around 40 words:
To conclude, expenses for education from kindergarten until graduation should be borne by the government so that every single child, irrespective of their financial status, will be able to receive a degree and hence serve society. Only an educated society can help change the world.
Remember that your conclusion should take you the least amount of time to write. So be as brief and as quick as you can. Try not to introduce any new ideas and thoughts or include examples in your conclusion. If you run out of time, write a single sentence conclusion that gives your final opinion. Most importantly, remember to bring about a satisfying end to your essay.
Do you have any questions about your conclusion? If so, please comment below!
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