Beat the Test.

March 29, 2007

Essay patterns for success

Filed under: Uncategorized — beatthetest @ 10:00 am

Ladies and gentlemen, here it is: one of the secrets to solid, high-scoring essays.

The secret is using common expressional patterns. I’ve read 150 5/5 essays and stolen the best, most common expressions from them. I present them to you here in an organized list. Print this out, and with the help of a dictionary, try inserting these patterns into your essay for an immediate increase in grammar, vocabulary, and organization marks.

Enjoy! J


THESIS STATEMENT and TRANSITION 

  • There are many reasons to support ________.
  • For several reasons, it is better to _________.
  • I (strongly) feel that _______. Here are three reasons why.
  • I am firmly opposed to __. There are many reasons for this.
  • I must oppose attempts to__________ for several reasons
  • __________________ Here is why.
  • _________________. Here are a few examples.
  • ___________ are ______________ in many ways
  • ___________ are ___________ for many reasons.
  • I feel that ____ for reasons of _____, ____, and ________.
  • ________ is detrimental/beneficial to _______________.
  • __________ have many advantages over ________.
  • The benefits of _______ far outweigh the disadvantages.
  • If ____________, I would_______________.
  • Given a choice (between ___ and ____), I would _______.

LISTING

Beginning

  • First,
  • Above all,
  • To begin with,
  • Foremost,
  • Most importantly,
  • Nowhere is _______ more apparent than in ________.
  • The main reason that/for/why ________ is __________
  • One reason that/for/why _________ is ____________.
  • One drawback/advantage of ________is ___________.

Middle

  • Second, third…
  • In addition,
  • As well,
  • …also…
  • Another argument for/against _______ is _________
  • Then there is ____________to consider.
  • More importantly,
  • On the positive/negative side,

Final body argument

  • Moreover,
  • Furthermore,
  • Finally,
  • By far the greatest reason why ____ is ______.

GIVING EXAMPLES

  • For example,
  • For instance,
  • Imagine _____________.
  • Let’s say ____________
  • Let’s look at (+ noun).
  • Look at (+ noun).
  • Consider (+ noun).
  • Regarding (+ noun), __________.
  • A case in point is/involves (+ noun).
  • To illustrate,
  • Let’s take another example.
  • In another hypothetical case,
  • Another reason that/for/why ______is______.
  • Another great benefit of ________ is ______.
  • This illustrates (+noun)
  • As this example demonstrates,
  • All of these are examples of ___________.

COMPOUNDING

  • Add _______to _________ and _________.
  • ______ is not worth the ______, the _______, and the ________.
  • First, there’s the _________. Then there’s the _____________. And the __________.

RESULT

  • Therefore,
  • As a consequence,
  • As a result,
  • Accordingly,
  • Thus,
  • That’s why ___________.

GENERALISATION

  • On the whole,
  • In many respects,
  • In many ways,
  • Many people feel that ______.
  • Overall,
  • As a rule,

OPPOSITION

  • However,
  • (On one hand…) On the other hand,
  • On the contrary,
  • Alternatively,
  • At the same time,
  • One must remember that _____________.
  • In contrast,
  • In comparison,

SIMILARITY

  • Similarly,
  • Correspondingly,
  • In the same way,

CONCESSION

  • Of course,
  • Yet,
  • Certainly sometimes __________, __________.
  • This may be true to a point.
  • To a point, this is true.
  • Granted, ____________.

COMING BACK TO THE POINT

  • However,
  • Nonetheless,
  • Still,
  • Even so,
  • The fact remains that
  • Though ______, _________.
  • Although _____, _________.
  • Despite (+ noun), _________.
  • Whereas ______, _________.

SEEING THINGS IN A NEW LIGHT

  • __________ may not _______ but _____________.
  • Seen from this perspective, _____________.
  • ______, then, ___________

BEING REASONABLE:

  • Much depends on ___________.
  • No one will deny that ____ has drawbacks. For example, ____________. However,
  • Arguably, ____________.
  • This is not to say_____________. (Neither does it mean________.)
  • We all know someone who….

ENFORCING THE POINT

  • Clearly,
  • Certainly,
  • No one can deny that ______________.
  • _______________ is an undeniable fact.
  • There is no question that _________.
  • Most people would agree that _______.
  • There is no doubt in my mind that ______
  • It seems clear to say___________
  • It is clear that _________

RESTATING

  • In other words
  • That is,
  • That is to say,
  • To be precise,
  • The point is this:
  • Again,

QUESTIONS and ANSWERS

  • ________? The answer almost certainly is no.
  • _________? I would say no.
  • Should ________? The answer is probably no.
  • Should one________?? Certainly not.
  • Can ___________? It cannot.
  • __________? That is a serious question.
  • Why, then, __________________?
  • _________? __________. __________? _________. __________? __________.

SUMMING UP

  • For these reasons,
  • To sum up,
  • In conclusion,
  • To conclude,
  • After all,
  • In short,
  • This is why ___________.
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2 Comments »

  1. Hi Robert!
    This is a great site! I’m teaching a TOEFL prep course for the first time in Vancouver, Canada. The school has already ordered (and students have already bought) the Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL test. I was dismayed to see that you think this book should be burned! If you have a chance, please let me know which question types are different than those on the actual exam. Thank you for providing a great site like this.
    Deanna

    Comment by Deanna Kornak — October 25, 2007 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

  2. I wanna Beat Tofel Exam

    Comment by Rahul Kashyap — August 24, 2013 @ 2:45 pm | Reply


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