TOEFL Writing

In these posts, learn all about the TOEFL Writing section. We’ll walk you through general Writing strategies and skills, while also providing advice and practice for the two TOEFL Writing tasks.

The TOEFL Essay Structure

According to ETS, you should aim for between 150 and 250 words on each of your essays. This is a ridiculously small amount of space to take a position, defend it, and summarize adequately, but that’s the task you’re given.   The TOEFL Essay Structure Overview You probably already know that an essay has three […]

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The TOEFL Independent Writing Task

In a recent post, we looked at the integrated writing task for the TOEFL. While the integrated essay requires you to synthesize information from a reading with information from a lecture, the independent writing task just asks your opinion about an issue. The questions are designed to have several equally correct answers and to be […]

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Advice for Improving Your TOEFL Writing Skills

For a lot of people, writing is the least rewarding skill to study. Unlike reading and listening, it’s not easy to track your progress, and the way that we practice writing tends to be pretty dry and boring. In this post, I’m going to try to correct this by offering some ways on how to […]

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Vigorous Writing on the TOEFL

When it comes to writing, there is one major difference between the expectations of language learners and language users. In language class, you’re constantly practicing and showing off new words and structures, so that when test time comes, complicated language is the order of the day. In an English classroom, this is a great chance […]

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How to Revise TOEFL Writing

  Revisions to TOEFL Writing responses should be made based on priorities. You want to revise the most important aspects of the writing first, and then move on to smaller “proofreading” errors (punctuation, spelling, grammar, etc…) if you have time. What are the highest priorities (and lowest) when you revise TOEFL Writing? ETS’s rubrics for TOEFL […]

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