You need a short and accurate answer to the question in your introduction. Many students waste time writing long introductions. The first paragraph should be short and simple; a long, complex introduction will not give you a high score. The main body paragraphs are more important.
A good IELTS Writing introduction needs only 2 things:
- A sentence that introduces the topic
- A sentence that gives a short, general answer to the question
"Will my introduction get a good score?"
Answer: your introduction alone will not get you a high score, even if it is perfect. The introduction is necessary, but the main body paragraphs decide your score.
It's a good idea to practice writing short, fast introductions. If you can write the introduction quickly, you will have more time to focus on the main paragraphs.
Here is an IELTS Writing Task2 question:
Some people think old buildings should be destroyed and replaced with modern buildings. Do you agree or disagree?
Here is a wrong introduction paragraph from one of my students:
“Many people think there are a number of old buildings in the cities. Whether they should be destroyed or replaced has been an issue today. ”
It is very easy to use only one sentence to introduce the topic — just paraphrase the topic. In other words, you have to show the examiner that you understand the topic and question.Again, the student doesn’t answer the question. We don’t know you agree or disagree with the statement.
Here is my sample answer:
Nowadays, numerous old buildings have been pulling down and replaced by modern ones. Although some people believe that it would provide greater functions and better services for urban citizens, I disagree with the view that historical buildings should be destroyed.