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Essay Writing Tips for the TOEFL


January 2016

The TOEFL is the Test of English as a Foreign Language is used to measure English language proficiency. If you are applying to a college or university where English is the language of instruction, your TOEFL scores will help admissions staff determine the adequacy of your English language skills for your program of study. The TOEFL test is also the most accepted test in the world

Essay Writing Tips for the TOEFL

The Writing Section consists of two different writing tasks:

An Integrated task in which you read a short passage for about 3 minutes and then listen to a short lecture that directly addresses the points made in the reading. You are then required to draft an essay based on the summarization of the listening passage and explain how they relate to the reading passage. This task demonstrates your ability to communicate in writing what you have read and heard about. You have 20 minutes for this task with a word count of 150-200 words

An Independent task is one in which you are asked to give an opinion about a general topic. You are then asked to support your opinion with relevant reasons and examples. You have 30 minutes for this task with a word count of 250-300 words


Essay-Writing Tips

Integrated Writing Task

    • Always take notes

    • Look for the main idea of the reading passage

    • While listening, pay attention to any information that is opposite of the points in the reading passage

    • Your task here is to explain how the points in the listening relate to points in the reading. You are NOT being asked for your own opinion

    • Ensure that you do not misrepresent the points from the reading and the lecture

Independent Writing Task

    • Understand the given topic. Ensure that you write what the essay is asking of you

    • Keep track of your time. Use your time wisely, that way you will have sufficient time to re-read what you have just written

    • Make sure that your essay is well organized, with relevant explanations

    • Ensure that you are consistent with the language you use, with appropriate word choice and minimal grammatical errors

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January 2016




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