For most students, the Writing section of the TOEFL can seem quite difficult. This is partly because they have not had anyone else evaluate and critique their writing style when preparing for the exam, and partly due to the fact that there is no one right answer for the writing tasks.
Your ability to write coherently in standard academic English is measured by an independent Writing task and an integrated Writing task.
You are given a question and allowed to state an opinion or express a point of view on the topic, given your personal knowledge and experience.
Be prepared to support your point of view with reasoning and appropriate detail. You should aim to write about 300 words in the 30 minutes assigned.
When time begins, sketch an outline with your main points on the scratch paper you were handed. Taking 5 minutes to do this helps you to save much more time coming up with your next thought as you write. You will be able to spend more time expressing each of your points appropriately.
State your opinion in the first paragraph and provide supporting detail in the rest of the essay. Remember to use signal words like Firstly, secondly, given and in conclusion as you work.
The Integrated Writing task allows you to demonstrate your understanding of the reading and listening materials provided in the task and tests your ability to combine these material into a written summary from which you draw your own conclusions.
Make sure you take notes as you read and listen so that you can use them to formulate your point of view. You have 20 minutes to answer the question and should plan on writing between 150 and 225 words.
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