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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. (And for more sample responses, see Magoosh’s complete guide to TOEFL Writing samples.)

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.

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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!

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9 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.

  2. Yeli March 1, 2017 at 8:32 am #

    I can’t see the templates.. could yo send to my email

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 1, 2017 at 9:06 am #

      Hi there,

      Please try this link here for the TOEFL Writing Templates. See if this works! 🙂

  3. Dolika September 21, 2017 at 6:09 am #

    I have TOEFL examination in 2 days and I am worried. I prepared my integrated writing using templates like,
    The passage and lecture both talk about…(intro)
    First of all, the author states that…(body)
    and likewise, but I just heard that using TOEFL writing templates from the internet can result to lower score. What can I do now? Does it really lower your score?

    It would help me a lot to get a reply. Thank you.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 21, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

      Hi Dolika,

      Our templates provide you with a general structure and phrases that you can use to help you with the TOEFL writing and speaking templates. You should use these templates to help you structure your writing and speaking tasks. There is no reason why using these common phrases would lower your score. As long as you use these phrases well, they can help you to answer the writing and speaking tasks more quickly and easily. The basic structure for a strong response is the same no matter what prompt you get–as long as you use the phrases well, you will be fine 🙂 Don’t worry–just focus on relaxing and improving your confidence for your upcoming test!

      • Dolika September 21, 2017 at 11:01 pm #

        Thank you so much! Magoosh site has helped me a lot. 🙂

  4. Reva August 26, 2020 at 6:50 am #

    Hello I am getting error while downloading templates and originals plz help

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 28, 2020 at 1:36 pm #

      Hi Reva I don’t see any issues on my end. If you are still having trouble email us at and we can send you a PDF of the templates.

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