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Prewriting in TOEFL Independent Writing: Outlining

As I mentioned in my last post, prewriting a TOEFL Independent Writing essay involves two steps: brainstorming and outlining. Brainstorming involves writing down your ideas for the essay, in the form of words and short phrases. From there, you choose which ideas you’ll actually use in your outline and essay. In my previous post on […]

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The Best Approach to the Broad Questions in TOEFL Independent Writing

I receive a lot of messages from students who are having the same struggle with TOEFL Independent Writing. Students often find it hard to know just where to begin with these essays—they feel like the Independent essay questions are too broad and vague. (I also hear the same frustrations from students who are practicing similar […]

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How to Score a 5/5 on the TOEFL Essay: Independent Task

Last time, we looked at how to score a 5 out of 5 on the TOEFL integrated writing task, or essay. Now, let’s take a look at how to get that same high score on the independent task. Just as with the integrated task, ETS (the test-makers) have kindly provided the scoring rubric online, allowing […]

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