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TOEFL Integrated Writing Practice Task: Model Answer

Recently, I gave you a sample Integrated Writing Task for practice. One of the commenters on the original post told me that I really should give a sample answer. That way, all of you have something you can compare your own answers to. I absolutely agree. So here is a follow-up post. I have written a level 5 answer, which you can read below.

Model level 5 TOEFL Integrated Writing answer

The speaker corrects many things the author wrote about comics being an American art form. Although the writing says all scholars agree that comics are uniquely American, the lecturer says that in modern times, very few scholars agree with that.

The speaker then points out that, contrary to the writing, the first popular comic strips were not American. According to the speaker, 100 years before the first American comic strip, there were popular comic strips in Europe. The lecture also states that Hogan’s Alley, the 1890s comic strip described as American in the article, is not completely American because the comic characters were not Americans. Moreover, the publisher and creator of the comic were immigrants from other countries.

Additionally, the speaker disagrees with the article’s claim that American comic book Superman was the first popular comic book. Instead, the lecturer says the Belgian comic book Tintin was popular before Superman. Also, the author points out that Superman’s creator is Canadian, not American as the article says.

Finally, the speaker disagrees that American cartoon art influenced international comics, as claimed in the writing. He says that popular European comics have a uniquely European style. He also argues that Japanese comics are influenced more by traditional Asian art. Finally, the speaker notes that even American Disney comics characters are drawn by European artists.


Per the official TOEFL Integrated Writing rubric, this answer would get a score of 5. It outlines all the main points from the lecture. It explains how each main point contradicts or challenges the main points from the reading. It is organized well, with good transition words for each paragraph. It has no major errors, using correct grammar and vocabulary. Look at this model answer and the rubric linked above as you write your own answer to the sample task. If you need some extra help, you can find a writing template for your own response here.

10 Responses to TOEFL Integrated Writing Practice Task: Model Answer

  1. Haaris January 24, 2016 at 4:34 am #

    Superb sample answer. I could notice lot of things to improve my writing. Thanks alot.

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel Wisuri January 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

      Great. 🙂 Happy studying!

    • natalia March 5, 2016 at 11:45 am #

      there’s no need for summarizing the essay?

      • David Recine
        David Recine December 13, 2016 at 9:04 am #

        You don’t need an opening part that focuses on summarizing the reading passage. The passage still gets summarized indirectly when you summarize the lecture, because the lecture references the passage.

  2. mreza February 5, 2016 at 11:55 pm #

    the sample is well-written
    but i have a question, the information from reading is mentioned too briefly than listening.
    is it correct? should not we mention the supports of topic sentence for each paragraph in reading?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 30, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

      You’ve got it right, Mreza! 🙂 Per the directions for the TOEFL Integrated Writing Task, the main objective is to “summarize the main points made in the lecture.” A secondary objective in this task is to explain how the lecturer’s main points challenge the ideas in the reading. But the focus really should be on the lecture itself, as it relates to the passage.

  3. Tasnuva Sharmin July 17, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    It is really helpful. Thank u 🙂

  4. nor September 25, 2016 at 11:39 am #

    In the lecture, the professor makes a series of corrections that cast doubt on the arguments presented in the reading passage about the scholars’ debate that the comics are originally American art form.
    For a start, the professor emphasizes, contrary to the text, America was not the first modern comic strips producer. Correctly, he elaborated this by mentioning that in, the 1790’s; many comics were created in Europe, specifically, Britain and Switzerland, hundred years before the American ones. What;s more, he doubts the reading statement about the real American origin of Hogan Alley’s comic by declaring that the characters were not Americans, and also, the creators were immigrants from different countries.
    Additionally, the lecturer contradicts the passage;s claim that the American Action comic book ’SUPERMAN’ was a published in the world firstly. In fact, he explains that the creation of the International Action comic ‘TIN TIN.’ series in Belgium was very likely predated in popularity and nature that’s of ‘SUPERMAN.’ Surprisingly, he shows that art writer of ‘SUPERMAN.’ was Canadian.
    Finally, in sharp contrast to the author’s text, the professor knowingly indicates that the traditional Asian art influenced the Japanese comics as most of the Art Historians do believe. Rightly, the professor also clarifies that ‘Smurfs’ are originally written by Europeans. Adding to this, although Disney characters are American innovations, the Disney cartoon comics characters are drawn by Europeans. Quintessentially, the professor believes that the comics belong to the whole world and not uniquely to America.

  5. Drabo Daouda December 13, 2016 at 4:52 am #

    That is I also noticed.But I have a question .Is Toefl writing section composed of just one passge and one listening ? Others sections are more than one just like listening and speaking and reading?

    • David Recine
      David Recine December 13, 2016 at 9:12 am #

      The TOEFL Writing section only has one passage and one audio track, yes. Both the passage and the audio track are in the same task– the TOEFL Integrated Writing Task seen in this post. There’s only one other task in TOEFL Writing, the TOEFL Independent Essay. And that essay, much like the TOEFL Independent Speaking prompts, doesn’t include a passage or audio.

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