How to Write a TOEFL Essay Thesis Statement

The thesis statement is the most important sentence in your TOEFL essay.

After you have introduced the reader to the subject of the essay, you write a thesis statement. This is the last sentence of the first paragraph, and it should do two things:

  • Directly answer the essay question
  • Tell the reader what your opinion is

The thesis statement is the most important sentence in the essay. It does not include specific details that appear later in your essay, but it should answer the essay question clearly and directly. If somebody reads your thesis sentence, they should be able to answer these two questions:

  • What is the essay about?
  • What is your opinion?
Step one: get an opinion

If you do not have an opinion on the topic, it is not possible to write a thesis statement. The thesis statement must give an opinion--it tells the reader exactly what you think. On the next page we will take a look at some examples of good and bad thesis statements.


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