How to Write a TOEFL Essay Thesis Statement
As soon as you have introduced the reader to the subject of your TOEFL essay, you begin to write a thesis statement. This is how the last sentence of the first paragraph is called. It has two roles: first of all it provides a direct answer to the question of your essay and the reader gets to know your opinion as well. It is generally considered that the thesis statement is the most important sentence in the TOEFL essay, although there are no any specific details, which are to come out later, contained in it. However, when a person reads your thesis statement, he / she should be able to find the answer to such questions as:
1. What is the essay about?
2. What is your personal opinion about the problem, described?
Step 1: Express your personal opinion
So, in order to make good thesis statement, you need to get your personal opinion about the problem, described. In case if you do not feel like having your personal opinion on the topic of your TOEFL essay, you should be aware that it is not possible to write a thesis statement, because the thesis statement is to
give the author’s opinion, it is to tell the reader what you think about the problem.
There are examples of good and bad thesis statement, coming below:
Examples of good thesis statements
For example, the topic of your TOEFL essay is something like
Do you think that police officers should carry guns with them?
As only you have decided what your opinion about some problem is, you can begin to write your thesis statement. First of all you should decide whether you agree or disagree with this statement. In case if you agree, your thesis statement can be like this:
Police officers should always carry guns with them.
Therefore, if you prefer to disagree, you thesis statement can become slightly different, for example:
Police officers should not carry guns with them.
Either of the thesis statements, mentioned above is quite acceptable, because they are of a simple structure, they are direct and they inform the reader about what the author’s opinion is, as well as what the essay is going to be about.
It would also be extremely useful to you if you added some key words or phrases to your TOEFL essay from the original essay question.