With this guide, we will be discussing how to score high on an argumentative essay.

The first thing you should know is that there are two types of essays: argumentative and persuasive. It is important to understand the difference so you can decide which one best suits your needs. Argumentative papers focus on theses and counter-arguments about a specific topic while persuasive writing focuses on convincing readers to come to a particular conclusion about a topic. Persuasive writing attempts to influence decision-making whereas argumentative does not.

Argumentative Structure

The structure of an argumentative essay is built directly around the subject of the paper. For example, if it is about recycling, the paper will have a thesis statement, which will be the main point you are asking people to consider. The thesis statement will be compared with other papers on this topic or even with previous versions of your paper, and they will be evaluated for how well they meet your point. The following points come after this discussion.


The next point of argumentative structure is evidence, which will constitute a majority of the paper. The evidence will be a specific amount of material that answers your thesis and counters your opponents points.


You should have an opposing view to the main thesis you are upholding in your paper. It is important to have a point of view to counter with as well as a means to support it.