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TOEFL Writing Template

TOEFL Writing TemplatesIf you’re not sure how to structure your essays, these TOEFL Writing templates are for you. 🙂 Our TOEFL expert Lucas created templates for both the Integrated and the Independent essays. You’ll also find sample responses so you can see how these templates can be used.

How to Use TOEFL Writing Templates

First, a note on the word “template.” You may be looking for a full response that you can memorize, simply adding in small details as you write. Unfortunately, that’s not a good idea. If you memorize whole sentences that other students also memorized and used, you will get a 0 on the writing section. You cannot simply give a whole answer from memory.

But you can use specific words and phrases to structure your essays. If you know a few phrases to start your response, a few to move on to the next idea, and a few to end each thought, then you can better organize your essays. Well organized essays score more highly because they’re easier to understand.

So learn the words and phrases we provide you, and start using them in your TOEFL writing practice. The more you practice using them, the easier they will be to remember and use on test day.

After the key phrases for each task, there is a sample essay that shows one way you could use the phrases. That will help you to understand the overall structure of your answers.

View the templates here!

2 Responses to TOEFL Writing Template

  1. caroline March 15, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    Hello, Thanks for all the helpful info!

    Just wondering how come there are no examples of personal experiences in your independent writing task template?
    The toefl student prep planner clearly states that the independent writing essay should consist of personal experiences and examples to strengthen you opinion.

    Do you disagree?

    • David Recine
      David Recine March 16, 2016 at 11:38 am #

      Hi Caroline,

      Great question! Personal experiences are definitely acceptable in Independent Writing. But what’s really key here is personal OPINIONS, which can be supported by either personal experience, personal observations, or broader forms of evidence, such as common knowledge about the issue that’s being asked about. (Note that personal experiences DO play a much bigger, more essential role in TOEFL Independent Speaking.)

      In our templates, we give many phrases that can be used to offer personal points of view, either in the form of personal experiences or personal opinions. But we leave the more specific aspects of personal sharing to our individual students. Everyone’s personal approach to Independent Writing is different.


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