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Welcome to ICC's Proposal / Research Paper Center

This center should help you create a first working thesis statement for a TOEFL 3 - E101 Proposal (AEE) essay, or a problem / solution statement for a TOEFL 3 - E102 Research Paper. In addition, you can produce an E101 Proposal essay outline, or an E102 Research Guide. To use it, you will need:

  1. Answer the following questions in short phrases (not full sentences).
  2. Except as specifically indicated in item #2, do not begin with a capital letter or use terminal puctuation (e.g. period or questions mark).
  3. Click the "Thesis" button when you're finished.
  4. A window will pop open with a suggested working thesis.
  5. Go back and adjust your answers to smooth out the workig thesis until it makes sense and expresses your opinion clearly, completely and concisely.
  6. Finally, click the "Outline" button to generate a working outline you can use to organize your zero draft into a first draft of a persuasive AEE addressing your working thesis.

1. What's the topic (3 key words) you want to write about?

(Note: e.g. hunger, world, end)

2. What's the specific problem concerning this topic?

(Note: FOR THIS ITEM ONLY, BEGIN WITH A CAPITAL LETTER AND END WITH TERMINAL PUNCTUATION (e.g. period-space-space)! Use at least TWO KEY WORDS somewhere in this statement)

3. What's a solution to the above problem that most people, but NOT you, would probably agree with?

(Note: It is usually best to state this solution positively)

4. What's YOUR favored solution to the problem?

(Note: A few people in the world should agree, but most should disagree or be unfamiliar with it, making it controversial; use "should," "must" or when there's no other choice "could;" it is usually best to state the answer positively)

Adjust the above to make your solution (working thesis) clear, complete and concise. When you are happy with your thesis, you can make an E101 outline or E102 Research Guide by answering the following additional questions and clicking the "outline" button below.

5. What is one important reason why people, in general, would disagree with your favored solution (thesis)?

6. What are the EIGHT most important reasons why you believe your answer is true, correct or best?
(Note: List in order of importance, beginning with the most important; consider cost, power, control, time and specific benefits; consider beginning with it is or they are)
a-Reason #1:

b-Reason #2:

c-Reason #3:

d-Reason #4:

e-Reason #5:

f-Reason #6:

g-Reason #7:

h-Reason #8:

7. What's a possible title for your essay?