Finding TOEFL-like passages to practice for TOEFL Reading is reasonably easy—just find a nice medium-length article on an educational website, or read excerpts from first and second-year college textbooks. Finding good passages to prep for TOEFL Integrated Writing is a bit trickier, but here is a nice guide to gathering good prep material for this task. (And be sure to check out our blog’s comprehensive TOEFL Integrated Writing guide!)
Finding appropriate practice reading for TOEFL Integrated Writing
…is a little harder. In TOEFL Integrated Writing, you’re asked to read a passage that is short—but not too short. You won’t get the extremely brief 1-2 paragraph blurbs seen in TOEFL Integrated Speaking. But Integrated Writing passages aren’t anywhere near as long as TOEFL Reading Passages either. In terms of actual content and topic development, think of Integrated Writing passages as a simplified “digest” version of the TOEFL Reading format—you’ll get the same range of ideas on a subject, but in a shorter format with fewer supporting details.
The passages for the Integrated Writing Task are intellectually demanding enough that you definitely will want to do some relevant, appropriate practice reading. And you’ll want the reading to be comparable in some ways to reading practice for the TOEFL Reading Section The trick is to find educational articles that match the Integrated Writing passage’s themes and particular length— articles that are 250-350 words long and cover a variety of academic subjects.
Recommendations for Practice
Outside of official TOEFL materials and third-party practice platforms like ours here at Magoosh, there aren’t any “perfect fits” for the reading portion of TOEFL Integrated Writing. But there are some great sources that come quite close, in terms of TOEFL-like practice for this task.
English Online is also pretty good for this kind of TOEFL Reading Practice. Granted, in some articles the vocabulary level is slightly (but only slightly) below the difficulty of the average TOEFL Integrated Writing Passage. This can be a plus in its own way though—if you need to build your vocabulary up as well as practice reading for the TOEFL Writing section, English Online can help you start at a vocabulary level that meets your learning needs—and each article comes with a vocabulary study sheet.
In general, any 200-500 word educational articles written at an intermediate English level are useful. Other good websites to check out include The Week, the blog section of Discover Magazine, Time