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Getting Feedback on Your TOEFL Writing

Magoosh often gets requests from students for feedback on their TOEFL essays. We’re a small team, so we’re not really able to do that. It’s just not possible for us to read and review essays for all of our students.

As one of the experts on Magoosh’s student support team, I always feel bad having to turn down requests for writing critiques. Still, I’m happy to tell you that I’ve found several ways you can get feedback on your TOEFL writing, online and off.

One source of feedback is ETS (the company that makes the TOEFL) itself. As you know, TOEFL Writing is scored by both an actual human being and ETS’ automated e-rater scoring system. Through ETS’ Online TOEFL exam service, you can take practice exams that include automated e-rater feedback on your lessons. To add a human touch, you can check the e-rater score against the official ETS Writing rubrics.

For more human feedback, you should also use online TOEFL message boards. Online forums are a good free resource for feedback on your speaking and writing. At Magoosh, we especially the recommend the GMAT Club TOEFL forums. Urch.com, another Magoosh-recommended test prep forum has a message board just for TOEFL Writing. Forums like these ones are great places to connect online with other students and teachers who can give you feedback and get feedback from you. For more TOEFL forums, see this page of links.

It also helps to get feedback from an ESL teacher or tutor if possible. If you are studying at a university or intensive English program, there are probably many tutors and teachers available to you. You can also look for TOEFL Writing tutors online, at websites like Voxy, Smarthinking, TutorVista, or Webwise, to name just a few.

But be careful when choosing a tutor or teacher for TOEFL Writing feedback. Teachers and tutors can be very smart and experienced, but still not be experts on the TOEFL. If you go to an instructor for TOEFL Writing help, be sure to show them the official rubrics. If you have any other official materials, share those with your teacher too. They’ll be glad you did. I say this from experience. While I am an expert on the TOEFL, I often work with students who are preparing for other tests I’m less familiar with. The more information you can share with your instructor, the better!

 

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