essay writing report format
Who are the readers?
If you wish, this optional section can be included at the end of the main body to go over your findings and their significance.
Click through the image below to use this customizable template to create your report. It follows the standard report writing format so you won’t get confused or miss a section.
Following a report writing format is only one part of the process. You also need to be conscious of how you put the written content and the visuals together.
You should therefore aim for crisp, precise text, using plain English, and shorter words rather than longer, with short sentences.
The structure of a report is very important to lead the reader through your thinking to a course of action and/or decision. It’s worth taking a bit of time to plan it out beforehand.
Example of a title page
Example of use of appendices
- Title Section – This includes the name of the author(s) and the date of report preparation.
- Summary – There needs to be a summary of the major points, conclusions, and recommendations. It needs to be short as it is a general overview of the report. Some people will read the summary and only skim the report, so make sure you include all the relevant information. It would be best to write this last so you will include everything, even the points that might be added at the last minute.
- Introduction – The first page of the report needs to have an introduction. You will explain the problem and show the reader why the report is being made. You need to give a definition of terms if you did not include these in the title section, and explain how the details of the report are arranged.
- Body – This is the main section of the report. There needs to be several sections, with each having a subtitle. Information is usually arranged in order of importance with the most important information coming first.
- Conclusion – This is where everything comes together. Keep this section free of jargon as most people will read the Summary and Conclusion.
- Recommendations – This is what needs to be done. In plain English, explain your recommendations, putting them in order of priority.
- Appendices – This includes information that the experts in the field will read. It has all the technical details that support your conclusions.
Remember that the information needs to be organized logically with the most important information coming first.