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The Writing section can be the most daunting section of the TOEFL. You’ll have 50 minutes to write two complete essays that must meet multiple requirements and show a strong grasp of English. Knowing what graders are looking for and reviewing TOEFL Writing samples can go a long way towards helping you get a high score on this section.
This guide will go over both of the TOEFL Writing tasks, explain how they’re graded, go over a high-scoring TOEFL Writing sample for each essay type, and end with TOEFL Writing examples for you to analyze.
The TOEFL Writing Section
The TOEFL Writing section is 50 minutes long (broken into two parts) and contains two tasks: Integrated Writing and Independent Writing. It’s the fourth and final section of the exam. You’ll type both essays on the computer. The next two sections will explain the format and requirements of each of the writing tasks as well as how they will be scored.
TOEFL Integrated Writing Task
The Integrated Writing task requires you to use listening, reading, and writing skills. For this task, you’ll have three minutes to read a short passage, then you’ll listen to a short (approximately two-minute long) audio clip of a speaker discussing the same topic the written passage covers.
You’ll have 20 minutes to plan and write a response that references both of these sources in order to answer the question . You won’t discuss your own opinion. During the writing time, you’ll be able to look at the written passage again, but you won’t be able to re-hear the audio clip. You’ll be able to take notes while you listen to it though. The suggested response length for this task is 150-225 words.
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For this essay, you’ll be graded on the quality of your writing as well as how well your response represents the main points of the audio clip and written passage and how they relate to each other. Each essay receives a score from 0-5. For both essay types, you can check out the complete rubric used for official grading. Below are key points from the Integrated Writing rubric. ( You can view complete rubric for both essays here .)
TOEFL Independent Writing Task
For the Independent Writing task, you’ll have receive a question on a particular topic or issue. You’ll have 30 minutes to plan and write a response to that topic that explains your opinion on it. You’ll need to give reasons that support your decision. It’s recommended that your response to this task be at least 300 words.
You’ll be graded on how well you develop your ideas, how well your essay is organized, and how accurately you use English to express your ideas.
Top-Scoring TOEFL Integrated Writing Sample
Below is an official TOEFL Integrated Writing sample question and as well as an essay response that received a score of 5. It includes a written passage, the transcript of a conversation (which would be an audio recording on the actual TOEFL, and the essay prompt. After the prompt is an example of a top-scoring essay. You can read the essay in full, then read our comments on what exactly about this essay gives it a top score.
Integrated Writing Example Prompt
You have three minutes to read the following passage and take notes. In many organizations, perhaps the best way to approach certain new projects is to assemble a group of people into a team. Having a team of people attack a project offers several advantages. First of all, a group of people has a wider range of knowledge, expertise, and skills than any single individual is likely to possess. Also, because of the numbers of people involved and the greater resources they possess, a group can work more quickly in response to the task assigned to it and can come up with highly creative solutions to problems and issues. Sometimes these creative solutions come about because a group is more likely to make risky decisions that an individual might not undertake. This is because the group spreads responsibility for a decision to all the members and thus no single individual can be held accountable if the decision turns out to be wrong.
Taking part in a group process can be very rewarding for members of the team. Team members who have a voice in making a decision will no doubt feel better about carrying out the work that is entailed by that decision than they might doing work that is imposed on them by others. Also, the individual team member has a much better chance to “shine,” to get his or her contributions and ideas not only recognized but recognized as highly significant, because a team’s overall results can be more far-reaching and have greater impact than what might have otherwise been possible for the person to accomplish or contribute working alone.
Now listen to part of a lecture on the topic you just read about.
(Professor) Now I want to tell you about what one company found when it decided that it would turn over some of its new projects to teams of people, and make the team responsible for planning the projects and getting the work done. After about six months, the company took a look at how well the teams performed. On virtually every team, some members got almost a “free ride” … they didn’t contribute much at all, but if their team did a good job, they nevertheless benefited from the recognition the team got. And what about group members who worked especially well and who provided a lot of insight on problems and issues? Well…the recognition for a job well done went to the group as a whole, no names were named. So it won’t surprise you to learn that when the real contributors were asked how they felt about the group process, their attitude was just the opposite of what the reading predicts. Another finding was that some projects just didn’t move very quickly. Why? Because it took so long to reach consensus…it took many, many meetings to build the agreement among group members about how they would move the project along. On the other hand, there were other instances where one or two people managed to become very influential over what their group did. Sometimes when those influencers said “That will never work” about an idea the group was developing, the idea was quickly dropped instead of being further discussed. And then there was another occasion when a couple influencers convinced the group that a plan of theirs was “highly creative.” And even though some members tried to warn the rest of the group that the project was moving in directions that might not work, they were basically ignored by other group members. Can you guess the ending to *this* story? When the project failed, the blame was placed on all the members of the group.
You have 20 minutes to plan and write your response. Your response will be judged on the basis of the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the points in the lecture and their relationship to the reading passage. Typically, an effective response will be 150 to 225 words.
Summarize the points made in the lecture you just heard, explaining how they cast doubt on points made in the reading.
TOEFL Integrated Writing Sample Essay
The lecturer talks about research conducted by a firm that used the group system to handle their work. He says that the theory stated in the passage was very different and somewhat inaccurate when compared to what happened for real.
First, some members got free rides. That is, some didn’t work hard but gotrecognition for the success nontheless. This also indicates that people who worked hard was not given recognition they should have got. In other words, they weren’t given the oppotunity to “shine”. This derectly contradicts what the passage indicates.
Second, groups were slow in progress. The passage says that groups are nore responsive than individuals because of the number of people involved and their aggregated resources. However, the speaker talks about how the firm found out that groups were slower than individuals in dicision making. Groups needed more time for meetings, which are neccesary procceedures in decision making. This was another part where experience contradicted theory.
Third, influetial people might emerge, and lead the group towards glory or failure. If the influent people are going in the right direction there would be no problem. But in cases where they go in the wrong direction, there is nobody that has enough influence to counter the decision made. In other words, the group might turn into a dictatorship, with the influential party as the leader, and might be less flexible in thinking. They might become one-sided, and thus fail to succeed.
TOEFL Writing Sample Analysis
There are three key things this TOEFL example essay does that results in its high score:
- Clearly presents main points
- Contrasts lecture and reading points
- Few grammatical/spelling errors
This essay clearly organizes the three main points made in the lecture, which is what the first part of the prompt asked for. (“Summarize the points made in the lecture you just heard.”) There is one paragraph for each point, and the point is clearly stated within the first sentence of the paragraph followed by specific details from the lecture. This organization makes it easy to follow the writer’s thinking and see that they understood the lecture.
Additionally, the essay clearly contrasts points made in the lecture with points made in the reading. Each main paragraph includes an example of how the two are different, and the writer makes these differences clear by using words and phrases such as “however” and “this directly contradicts.” Stating these differences answers the second part of the prompt (“explain how they cast doubt on points made in the reading”) and shows that the writer understood both the lecture and reading well enough to differentiate between the two.
Finally, there are only a few minor spelling and grammar error s, the most noticeable of which is the incorrect use of the word “influent” in the final paragraph (it should be “influential”), and they do not detract from the meaning of the essay. This writer shows a strong grasp of the English language, a key TOEFL skill.
This essay shows that the writer understood the main points of both the lecture and the reading well enough to both describe them and contrast them. That, along with the relatively few mechanical errors, gives the essay a top score.
Top-Scoring Independent TOEFL Writing Sample
Below is an official Independent Writing prompt and top-scoring sample essay. Beneath the essay we analyze what about the essay resulted in it receiving a top score.
Independent Writing Example Prompt
Directions Read the question below. You have 30 minutes to plan, write, and revise your essay. Typically, an effective essay will contain a minimum of 300 words.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Always telling the truth is the most important consideration in any relationship. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Independent TOEFL Writing Sample Essay
the traditional virtue of telling the truth in all situations is increasingly doubted by many in today’s world. many believe that telling the truth is not always the best policy when dealing with people. moreover, the line of a “truth” is becoming more and more vague. this essay will explore the importance of telling the truth in relationships between people.
we all understand that often the truth is offending and may not be a very nice thing to both hear or say. lies or white lies often have their advantages. the manipulation of white lies is the most obvious the business world. how many times have we heard that some product is “the finest” or “the cheapest”? how many times have we heard that products have such and such “magical functions”? advertising is about persuasion, and many would agree that if a company is to tell the absolute truth about it’s products, no one would be interested in even having a look at the products.
the same logic applies to human relationships. if your friend had worn a newly purchased dress on her birthday and energetically asked you if it was a worthy buy, would you freely express your opinion that you had never seen a dress as the one she’s currently wearing? and spoil her birthday? unarguably, hiding(entirely or particially) the truth in some situations can be quite handy indeed. confrontations and disputes can seemingly be avoided.
however, there is always the risk factor of the truth emerging sooner or later when telling an untruth. the basic trust in any relationships(businessman/customer, friends, parents/children) will be blotched, and would have an impact on the future relationship between both parties. the story of the “the boy who cried wolf” fully illustrates the consequenes of telling untruths. no one will believe you when you’re telling the truth. your word will have no weighting.
in addition, another “bad factor” of telling untruths is that you have absolutely no control over when the truth(of previous untruths) will emerge. untruths breed pain in both parties: tears when the truth is uncovered after a period of time; fear and the burden of sharing a “secret”. in the long run, it seems that hiding the truth is not beneficial to either party. everyone hates betrayal. even if it is the trend to occasionally hide the truth in relationships, it is strongly recommended that not to follow that trend as the risk and the consequences of the truth unfolded overwhelms the minimal advantages one can derive from not telling the truth. afterall, it is understood that relationships are founded on “trust” which goes hand in hand with “truth”. indeed telling the truth is the most important consideration in any relationship between people. always.
There are three key things this essay does that results in its high score, and each is explained in more detail below.
- Is well organized
- Uses specific examples
The essay, like the first one, is well organized. The writer’s position is clear within the first few sentences, and the rest of the essay elaborates on that position. Each paragraph begins with a new major point that is then explained. This logical flow of ideas is easy for readers to follow and shows that the writer knows how to set up a clear argument.
Another reason the essay received a top score is because the writer used specific examples to make her point. By using specific examples, such as a friend buying a new outfit and asking your opinion and phrases businesses use to sell products, the writer makes her argument stronger and more concrete.
Finally, despite the lack of capitalization throughout the essay, there are few spelling and grammatical errors, and the ones that do exist don’t detract from the meaning of the essay or make it confusing to understand. This shows a strong command of English and the ability to write in-depth essays that are clear and get their point across.
Where to Find More TOEFL Writing Samples
Below are a list of other places, official and unofficial, where you can find TOEFL Writing examples. You can use these examples to get a better idea of what a high-scoring essay looks like and what graders are looking for on the Writing section.
Official resources are always the best to use since you can be sure the essay prompts are accurate and the sample essays were accurately scored.
TOEFL iBT Writing Sample Responses
This resource contains several sample essays (including the two sample responses used above). The essays from on this site received different scores as well as analysis of why they received the score they did. This can be helpful if you want more information on, say, what differentiates an essay that got a “5” from an essay that got a “4”.
TOEFL iBT Test Questions
This is a complete practice TOEFL, but it does include several sample essays along with score explanations so you can get a more in-depth look at how and why different essays received the scores they did.
There are numerous unofficial TOEFL writing samples out there, of varying quality. Below are two of the best.
This site has several dozen sample essays for both the Integrated and Independent Writing topics. There’s no scoring analysis, but you do get a good variety of essay topics and essay samples so that you can get a sense of how to approach different essay prompts.
Good Luck TOEFL
Good Luck TOEFL has seven sample Independent Writing essays (no Integrated Writing). There’s no scoring analysis, but the essays and prompts are similar to official TOEFL essay topics.
Review: Analyzing TOEFL Writing Examples
Writing can be a particularly tricky TOEFL section, and seeing TOEFL Writing samples can go a long way to helping you feel more confident. For TOEFL Writing, you’ll need to write two essays, the Integrated Writing Task and the Independent Writing Task. Looking over the rubrics for both these essays and understanding what graders will be looking for can help you understand what to include in your own essays.
Both essays are scored on a scale of 0-5. Top-scoring essays generally need to have good organization, specific examples, answer the prompt completely, and minor spelling and grammar errors. It can also be useful to review other TOEFL writing samples to get a better idea of what a great TOEFL essay looks like.
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Toefl writing questions (2023 edition) – sample essays and questions, about these toefl ® writing samples.
On the TOEFL test, you’ll get an independent writing question based on one of the following essay styles:
- Multiple Choice
- Paired Choice
- Imaginary Situation
Below are samples of each type. At the bottom of the page are some sample TOEFL integrated essays .
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Agree/Disagree Style TOEFL Essays
This is the most common essay style.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Overall, the widespread use of the internet has a mostly positive effect on life in today’s world.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? When doing research, it is better to use printed materials such as books and articles than it is to use the Internet. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Students who are given grades work harder than those who are not. Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In my country, young people have better lives than their parents had when they were young. Use reasons and examples to support your answer.
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Movies and television strongly influence the way people behave. Do you agree or disagree? Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People communicate with each other less than in the past because of the popularity of television. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion .
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? When people succeed, it is entirely because of hard work. Luck has nothing to do with their success. Use specific reasons and examples to explain your position.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Nowadays, it is better for children to grow up in the countryside than in a large city. Use specific reasons and examples to develop your essay.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Human activity is making the earth a worse place to live. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
In twenty years there will be fewer cars in use than there are today. Do you agree or disagree?
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People today spend too much time on personal enjoyment, and not enough time on more serious duties and obligations. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? My lifestyle is easier and more comfortable than the one my grandparents experienced when they were young. Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice. Be sure to use your own words. Do not use memorized examples.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Sometimes it is better to be dishonest. Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents are the best teachers. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The knowledge we gain from our personal experiences is more valuable than the knowledge we gain from books. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. Do not use memorized examples.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students do not respect their teachers as much as they did in the past. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Most of the biggest problems in the world will be solved in the next few decades. Use details and examples to support your answer.
Question 18 (new)
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? “People should keep trying to reach their goals, even if they seem impossible to achieve.” Use specific reasons and examples to explain your position.
Question 19 (new)
It is beneficial for people to spend some time living in a country where they must speak a foreign language. Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
Question 20 (new)
Friends have more impact on the academic performance of students than their teachers do. Do you agree or disagree? Use details and examples to support your opinion.
Question 21 (new)
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The government should add taxes to unhealthy foods to improve people’s health. Use details and examples to support your opinion.
Multiple Choice Style TOEFL Essays
This style is also very common.
Neighbors are the people who live near us. In your opinion, what type of neighbor is the best to have?
- someone who is quiet
- someone who we are similar to
- someone who is supportive
Use specific details and examples in your answer.
When you face a difficult problem in life, what do you feel is the best way to solve it?
- asking someone with more experience for advice about the problem
- finding information about the problem using the Internet
- taking a long time to think about the problem
Use specific details and examples in your answer. Do not use memorized examples.
In general, people are living longer now. Which of the following do you think accounts for this phenomenon?
- Technological improvements
- Changes to education systems
- Improvements to our diets
Use specific details and examples in your answer. You may choose more than one cause.
People have a lot of opinions about the value of advanced education. Which do you think is the most important reason to attend college or university? Use reasons and examples to support your answer.
- new experiences
- career preparation
- increased knowledge
Use specific details and examples in your answer.
Imagine you could improve the town where you live by changing one important thing about it. Which of the following would you choose to do?
- Build additional parks
- Construct more libraries
- Improve public transportation
These days, people enjoy a lot of time away from their work and school obligations. Many people use this time to visit new places and learn about them. What do you think is the best way to learn about a place you are visiting for the first time?
- Going to a museum
- Joining a guided tour of popular attractions
- Visiting a popular shopping area
- Talking to a local resident
- Watching a local television station
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. Do not use memorized examples.
People in society work in many different settings, and for a variety of reasons. What do you think is the main reason why people have jobs?
- to feel happier about their lives
- to save money for the future
- to develop new skills
Use specific examples and details to support your answer.
Everyone wants to be as healthy as possible. Fortunately, in modern society there are many things that people can do to improve their physical condition. What do you think is the best way to stay healthy?
- Get exercise on a regular basis
- Eat healthy food every day
- Visit a doctor for regular examinations
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
The people we work with have many different characteristics and all of them affect the quality of our time at work. Of the following, what do you think is the most important quality for a boss or supervisor to have?
- a serious attitude about their work
- a lot of related experience
- a tendency to always tell the truth
You may choose more than one. Use specific details and examples in your answer.
All around the world, people are living longer than ever before. Which of the following do you think are the main causes of this phenomenon? You may choose more than one option.
- The development of new technology
- Changes to our eating habits
- Improvements to our working conditions
Use specific reasons and details to develop your essay. Do not use memorized examples. (version 2)
During our careers, we work with many different kinds of people. All of them have unique characteristics and personality traits. In your opinion, which of the following is the most important characteristic of a coworker?
- a serious attitude regarding their work obligations
- a willingness to learn new things
- the ability to make other people laugh
You may choose more than one of these options. Use reasons and specific examples to explain your answer. Do not use memorized examples.
If parents want their children to succeed in the future, which of the following things should they teach them?
- How to be honest
- How to be helpful
- How to be patient
Question 34 (new)
When employees feel that the management of their company is doing something wrong, what do you think is the best way for them to respond?
- Talking to the media
- Speaking to the management directly
- Discussing the problem with each other
Question 35 (new)
What do you think is the best way for the government of your country to improve the environment?
- Increase public transportation
- Reduce the construction of new factories
- Build more parks
Preference Style TOEFL Essays
Some students prefer classes with frequent discussions between the professor and the students with almost no lectures. Other students prefer classes with many lectures and almost no discussions. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Some people like to travel with a companion. Other people prefer to travel alone. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.
Some people think that the government should use extra money to fund programs to improve the environment. Others think that it is better for the government to spend money to support artistic programs. Which option do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Some people like to spend their money as soon as they earn it, while others think it is better to save their money for some time in the future. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion. Do not use memorized examples.
Some people prefer to live in a small town. Others prefer to live in a big city. Which place would you prefer to live in? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.
Some students prefer to study and do homework alone. Others prefer to study and work on class assignments with a group of fellow students. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Some people prefer to eat meals at restaurants, while others prefer to prepare and eat food in their own home. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Some people think the best way to learn new things is to study them alone. Others think that it is always better to get help from a skilled teacher. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons to support your choice.
A large company wants to train its employees to use new techniques. Which is the best way to train the workers?
- Have all of them attend a training program together
- Have some of the employees attend the program and later show their coworkers what they learned
Question 45 (new)
Some people prefer to travel in their own country when they have some time off. Others think that it is better to take a trip to a foreign country. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons to support your choice.
Question 46 (new)
Some people think children should have unlimited access to the internet. Others believe parents should supervise their children’s use of the internet. Which do you believe?
Imaginary Situation TOEFL Essays
This style is less common.
Imagine that the administrators of a university are revising their budget and have decided to change their funding priorities. As a result, the university will now spend more money on sports and athletic facilities than they do on the campus libraries. Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to explain your position.
Imagine that it has been announced that a large shopping center will open in your neighborhood and you are being asked your opinion. Would you support or oppose its construction? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.
It is very important for students to learn as much as possible before their graduation from university. For this reason, many schools require students to attend all of their classes in person in order to achieve a passing grade. Do you agree or disagree with this kind of policy? Use specific reasons and examples to support your argument.
Consider a situation where you are required to learn a challenging new skill. You could learn this skills from someone above you, like a boss or supervisor. Or you could be taught the skills by someone at your own level, like a classmate or colleague. Which would you prefer?
Imagine that you must make an important decision that will have a major impact on the rest of your life. You could make the decision entirely on your own, or ask someone to help you make it. Which would you choose? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.
Consider a situation where you are asked by your supervisor to work with one of your coworkers on a project. This coworker has opinions that are very different from yours and they feel very strongly about these opinions. Do you think this is a good idea? Use reasons and examples to support your answer.
Imagine that your city government has given permission for a major company to build a large factory near your neighborhood. Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not? Explain your position using specific reasons and examples.
Imagine that you are graduating from high school and have been offered a complete scholarship at a university that is located in another country, far from your friends and family. Would you accept this offer, or would you try to attend a university closer to home?
Consider a situation where you are working in a company and are unable to finish an important assignment before a deadline. What do you think is the best thing to do in this case – submit the assignment before it is completed, or wait until it is finished and submit it after the deadline?
Sample TOEFL Integrated Essays
Essays with the reading and lecture.
- Colonizing Asteroids (new)
- Protecting Peregrine Falcons (new)
- Paradox of Choice (new)
- Moai of Easter Island
More Integrated Essays
These essays are all based on questions from famous books. I can’t give you the reading and listening, but you might like looking at their structure and organization.
- Television Appearances by University Professors (casting doubt)
- Portrait of an Elderly Woman in a White Bonnet (casting doubt)
- Incan Fortress of Sacsayhuaman (casting doubt)
- Iron Fertilization (solution and problem)
- The Usefulness of Coal (casting doubt)
- Monarch Butterflies (casting doubt)
- Large Animals (casting doubt)
- Wheat and Beer (from “Cracking the TOEFL”)
- Forest Fires (from “Cracking the TOEFL”)
- Endotherms (from “Official Collection”)
- Online Encyclopedias (from “Official Collection”)
- Buying a Franchise (from “Official Collection”)
- Great Houses (from “Official Collection”)
- Smart Cars (from “Official Collection”)
- Eco-Friendly Wood (from “TOEFL Quick Prep”)
- The Chevalier (from “TOEFL Sample Test”)
- Wave Farms (from “Hackers Actual Test”)
- The Anasazi (from “Hackers Actual Test”)
- Trans Lunar Phenomena (from “Hackers Actual Test”)
- Four-day Workweek
TOEFL Writing Guides and Templates
- Complete templates for each essay task .
- A detailed master guide to the integrated essay task .
- A detailed master guide to the independent essay task .
TOEFL Preparation Guide With Tips & Resources
What You Need to Know About the TOEFL Exam
For language learners willing to prove English proficiency while planning to study or work in an English-speaking country, taking the TOEFL exam is a necessary step. But before you dive into exam preparation, here's what you need to know about how to pass TOEFL.
First, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) measures your ability to use and understand English in an academic setting. The exam consists of four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing, and it takes about four hours to complete.
For the TOEFL preparation online, it's critical to practice your English in each area and become comfortable with the exam's framework. Additionally, knowing some TOEFL tips and tricks can help you score better on test day.
When it comes to the Reading section, read the passage thoroughly and pay attention to details, such as the main idea and supporting evidence. For the Listening section, take notes while you listen and use them to answer the questions. In the Speaking section, practice speaking English aloud and expressing your ideas clearly and coherently. Lastly, practice writing essays with clear thesis statements and supporting evidence for the Writing section.
To further improve your English proficiency, consider taking an English course, practicing with English-speaking friends in their native language, or reading English texts regularly.
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Exam Preparation Techniques: TOEFL Tips and Tricks
Preparing for the TOEFL exam can be challenging, but with the right techniques, you can boost your confidence and improve your chances of success. One helpful tip is to practice time management, as the exam is timed and requires you to move quickly through each section. Another key strategy when wondering how to prepare TOEFL vocabulary is to improve your terminology by having a strong command of English words and phrases. Additionally, practicing with past TOEFL exams can help you pinpoint any areas that require improvement.
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Understand the TOEFL Exam Pattern
First, understanding the TOEFL exam pattern is essential for anyone preparing for this test. The TOEFL exam comprises the following parts: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing.
The TOEFL test is taken on a computer, and each section has a time limit. The Reading section lasts for 60-80 minutes, the Listening section for 60-90 minutes, the Speaking section for 20 minutes, and the Writing section for 50 minutes.
These are the initial steps when you're confused, asking - 'how to pass TOEFL?'. Knowing these will help you to practice each section more effectively and become familiar with the timing and format of the exam.
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Devise a Study Plan for TOEFL
Making progress toward your objective of receiving a good TOEFL score is much easier when you have a study strategy in place. Here are some tips for devising a study plan for TOEFL:
- Determine your time before the exam and set a realistic goal for the amount of study time you can commit to each day or week.
- Identify your strengths and weaknesses in each section and prioritize the sections you need to improve.
- Schedule regular practice sessions for each section and stick to the schedule.
- Use study materials and practice exams to guide your preparation and identify areas that require more attention.
- Track your progress and adjust your study plan as needed.
TOEFL Speaking Tips
The Speaking section of the TOEFL exam requires you to speak fluently and coherently on various academic topics. Here are some TOEFL speaking tips to help you succeed on this challenging section of the test:
- Improve your pronunciation and intonation by listening to and imitating native speakers. You can also use online resources such as Forvo or the Pronunciation App to practice.
- Provide specific examples and details to support your arguments. For instance, if you are asked to talk about a memorable event, you might describe a trip you took and explain why it was significant.
- Use idioms and expressions appropriately to convey your meaning more effectively. For example, you might say 'it's a piece of cake' to describe an easy task or 'a needle in a haystack' to describe a difficult search.
- Speak clearly and at a moderate pace, and avoid rushing or speaking too slowly. Ensure you enunciate your words clearly so the examiner can understand you.
- Finally, be confident and relaxed. Take deep breaths and remember that the examiner is not there to judge you but to evaluate your English skills.
By following these suggestions and practicing consistently, you may enhance your speaking abilities and perform well on the TOEFL exam. Remember to focus on expressing your ideas clearly and effectively and using the best techniques for you.
TOEFL Writing Tips
The Writing section of the TOEFL exam requires you to compose two essays: an integrated essay and an independent essay. To aid you in conquering this demanding part of the exam, below are some valuable TOEFL writing tips.
- Familiarize yourself with the essay prompts and the expectations for each essay type. The integrated essay requires you to read a passage and listen to a lecture, while the independent essay allows you to express your opinion on a topic.
- Use specific examples and details to support your arguments. For example, if you are asked to describe your favorite hobby, you might provide specific details about why you enjoy it and how it has impacted your life.
- Before you begin to write, arrange your thoughts and ideas. Make a rough outline for your essay that contains your thesis statement and the key themes you wish to cover.
- Use transitional phrases to connect your ideas and create a cohesive essay. Examples of these phrases include 'furthermore,' 'in addition,' and 'on the other hand.'
- Plan how much time you will spend on each essay, and leave time to review your work before time runs out.
Consistent, practice timed writing and adherence to these tips can enhance your writing abilities and help you achieve excellence on the TOEFL exam. It's crucial to emphasize clear and effective communication of your ideas while using the most suitable techniques.
TOEFL Tips for Reading
The Reading section of the TOEFL exam requires you to read passages and answer questions based on the content. Here are some TOEFL tips for reading to help you excel on the test:
- Skim the passage first to get an overall idea of the topic and main ideas before reading it in detail. This can help you save time and focus on the relevant information.
- Look for signal words and phrases that indicate the author's main point and the relationships between ideas. Examples of these words include 'however,' 'therefore,' and 'in contrast.'
- Use context clues to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words. Look for clues, such as synonyms or antonyms, and try to infer the meaning from the context.
- Take notes while you read to help you remember important details and organize your thoughts. You can use shorthand, abbreviations, or diagrams to summarize the information.
- Make sure to read the questions carefully and refer back to the passage to find the answers. Pay attention to keywords and phrases in the questions to help locate relevant information.
Follow these tips and remember to focus on understanding the main ideas and the relationships between ideas. You might also consider taking a TOEFL preparation course to further enhance your reading comprehension skills. Just make sure to use the techniques that work best for you!
TOEFL Tips for Listening Skills
The Listening section of the TOEFL exam requires you to listen to lectures, conversations, and discussions and answer questions based on what you hear. Here are some tips to help you improve your listening skills and achieve success on the TOEFL exam.
- Listen for the main ideas and details. Focus on the key points that the speaker is making and take note of any important details that support those points.
- Pay attention to the speaker's tone and attitude. This can provide clues about the speaker's opinion, the purpose of the conversation, or the relationship between the speakers.
- Take notes while you listen to help you remember important details and organize your thoughts.
- Watch out for terms and phrases that serve as cues about how the discussion or presentation will be structured. Examples of these words include 'first,' 'second,' 'in addition,' and 'in conclusion.'
- Be aware of distractions and avoid letting them affect your concentration. Eliminate all distractions and keep your attention on the speaker.
- Lastly, pace yourself and avoid focusing too much time on any one question to successfully manage your time. Avoid challenging questions and, if you have time, return to them later.
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FAQs on TOEFL Exam Preparation
To help you navigate the process of TOEFL exam preparation, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the test prep. We aim to provide you with the TOEFL tips and tricks along with the detailed guidance you need to succeed on test day. So, let's dive into these FAQs and help you feel confident and well-prepared for the test.
How Much is the TOEFL Exam Fee?
The cost of taking the TOEFL exam varies depending on your location and the testing center you choose. The standard TOEFL exam fee in the United States is $205, but this may be higher or lower in other countries. Additional fees may apply if you require special accommodations or reschedule your exam date. To find out the exact exam fee in your location, be sure to contact your nearby testing centers or the official TOEFL website. Remember that the fee is just one of many expenses associated with studying abroad or pursuing higher education, so it's important to budget accordingly and plan ahead.
Which is the Best TOEFL Preparation Online Program?
There are several excellent TOEFL preparation online programs available that can help you achieve your desired TOEFL scores. Some of the best ones include:
- Magoosh TOEFL : Magoosh offers a comprehensive online course that includes video lessons, practice questions, and personalized feedback. It also offers a 7-day money-back guarantee if you're not satisfied with the program.
- Kaplan TOEFL: Kaplan offers a range of TOEFL preparation options, including online courses, live classes, and private tutoring.
- ETS TOEFL Practice Online: Created by the makers of the TOEFL exam, ETS offers an official online practice test that simulates the actual exam experience.
- Manhattan Prep TOEFL : Manhattan Prep's TOEFL course offers a variety of study materials, including video lessons, practice questions, and detailed explanations. It also provides students with one-on-one support from experienced tutors.
- EnglishCentral: EnglishCentral is an online language learning platform that offers personalized TOEFL preparation courses. The program includes video lessons, interactive quizzes, and speaking practice exercises tailored to your needs and goals.
In the end, your own learning preferences, financial constraints, and educational objectives will determine the most effective TOEFL preparation course for you. There are also a ton of free online tools accessible. It's crucial to conduct your study and pick a program that matches your requirements and taste.
Which is the Best Book for TOEFL Preparation?
Numerous TOEFL preparation book options are available on the market that can help you prepare for the exam. Here are a few of the best choices:
- The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test : This book was created by the makers of the TOEFL exam, so it's an excellent resource for understanding the format and content of the test. It includes practice questions, sample essays, and detailed explanations.
- Barron's TOEFL iBT : This book provides a thorough overview of the TOEFL exam with a concentration on the internet-based examination (iBT). It offers extensive instructions for each exam segment as well as four complete practice exams.
- Kaplan TOEFL iBT: Kaplan's TOEFL iBT book includes a review of the exam format and content and strategies for each section of the test. It also includes three full-length practice exams and access to an online test center.
- Princeton Review TOEFL iBT: This book includes strategies and tips for the iBT and a review of the exam's content. Moreover, it offers online access to extra study resources as well as four comprehensive practice exams.
- Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test : This book serves as a thorough overview of the TOEFL exam with a concentration on the paper-based examination. It contains sample tests as well as advice on how to approach each exam segment.
The best book for TOEFL preparation varies based on your needs and how you like to learn. Look into multiple options and select the book that best suits your preferences and goals.
How Long Does It Take to Prepare for TOEFL?
Many students wonder how long does it take to prepare for TOEFL; the answer is not straightforward. The amount of time needed to prepare for the exam varies depending on various factors, including your current English speaking skills, the score you wish to achieve, and your study habits.
On average, it takes around 3 to 6 months of consistent and dedicated study to prepare for the TOEFL exam. You can improve your English language skills, learn test-taking strategies, and practice with sample questions and full-length tests during this time. However, some students may need less or more time depending on their proficiency level and study habits.
The test takers with limited time might ask, 'how to prepare for TOEFL in 2 days?'. We answer that preparing for the TOEFL exam in such a short period is possible. However, this requires a focused and intense study approach. To prepare for the TOEFL exam in two days, you should prioritize studying the most critical sections of the exam and review test-taking strategies. Focus on practicing with sample questions and taking full-length practice tests to improve your speed and accuracy. Getting enough rest, eating well, and staying hydrated are also essential to perform at your best before the test date.
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In conclusion, preparing for the TOEFL exam requires time, effort, and dedication. Understanding the exam format and creating a study plan tailored to your needs and learning style is crucial. Utilizing various resources such as online programs, books and taking speaking and writing practice tests can also be beneficial. Remember, success on the TOEFL exam is achievable with the right preparation and mindset. Even if you only have a few days left before the exam, there are still ways to prepare and increase your chances of success.
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TOEFL iBT Test Writing Section
The TOEFL iBT test Writing section measures your ability to write in English in an academic setting, and to present your ideas in a clear, well-organized way.
There are two writing tasks.
- Integrated writing task (20 minutes) — read a short passage and listen to a short lecture, then write in response to what you read and listened to.
- Independent writing task (30 minutes) — write an essay based on personal experience or opinion in response to a writing topic.
You'll type your responses on a computer keyboard (or hand write them for the TOEFL iBT Paper Edition).
Test time: You have 50 minutes to complete the Writing section.
Scoring: Writing tasks are scored based on the Writing Scoring Guides (Rubrics) (PDF) by a combination of AI scoring and certified human raters. Raw scores are converted to a scaled section score of 0–30.
Practice Your Writing Skills
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Watch these videos to learn about the questions in the Writing section, plus helpful tips.
Question 1: Integrated Writing
Question 2: Independent Writing
Do you need to be an expert on the topics.
The writing tasks measure your English proficiency, so you don't need deep knowledge on a specific topic to get a high score. Score raters recognize that each essay is a first draft, and you can receive a high score with an essay that contains some errors.
TOEFL essay templates can help you answer both of the TOEFL writing questions. To write a strong TOEFL essay just fill in the blanks with the required information from your notes (in the integrated essay) or from your experiences (the independent essay). Note that I also have a set of TOEFL speaking templates.
With TOEFL essay templates, you can organize your thoughts more clearly, spend less time outlining your responses, and prepare for the TOEFL with increased confidence. Our templates are also flexible , allowing you to customize certain elements to your liking and cater the templates to many different prompts.
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The TOEFL iBT test Writing section measures your ability to write in English in an academic setting, and to present your ideas in a clear, well-organized way. There are two writing tasks. Integrated writing task (20 minutes) — read a short passage and listen to a short lecture, then write in response to what you read and listened to.