A conceptual essay concentrates on a thorough analysis on an intangible idea, thought or theory. Examples of concepts can be authorship, fear, education and unemployment. The objective of these tests is to objectively explain the chosen idea to a specific audience. If the audience has no prior knowledge of the subject, the writer’s work will inform; if the audience does have prior knowledge, then the writer must add something new to the discussion. Sometimes the concept discussed is controversial and may be interpreted in several different ways.



Choose a concept. If the instructor does not assign a concept you’ll have more freedom to choose the topic to write about. When choosing a concept, you should look for one that relates to the subject for which you write the essay or in any way illustrate the content discussed in class. It will also help you find a topic you’re familiar with or at least you have interest to investigate.

Research on the concept chosen. You must invest time in research, as well as to write the essay itself. Gather information that is objective and informative. Search materials should include a mixture of books, school newspapers, interviews and professional websites.


Refine your chosen topic. Define the concept will help to limit the search possibilities and not feel overwhelmed by information. For example, if the initial concept was environmentalism, after some research you must have a specific concept, such as solar energy used in medicine.

Sketch of the test. This includes an introduction, a body and a conclusion. The introduction should contain a brief and generally accepted definition of the concept, your personal contributions to this definition, a theme and then a description of what will be on the test. The body should include examples of cause and effect, comparisons and definitions that will help your audience understand the concept chosen. The conclusion should include a summary of the parts of the test, a rethinking and a closure.

Work each section sketch at a time. This will help to disarm the trial into more manageable parts and give you time off. When writing, keep your subject in the spotlight all the time. Remember that a conceptual descriptive essay is informative and not persuasive.

Edit and revise the test. At first, looking for contradictions in the text, read the thesis and some other general problem. Grammatical issues can wait for the end. It helps if several people read the essay and give you their opinion; can be classmates, friends or your teacher.