Archive | TOEFL Writing Task 2 (Independent)

In this “Independent” portion of the TOEFL Writing section, you’ll be asked to express and support your personal opinion. These articles provide practice, information, help, and advice for TOEFL Writing Task 2.

Fixing a Disorganized Essay in 4 Easy Steps

Even with prewriting and planning, it can be difficult to write a well-organized essay. This is particularly true on the TOEFL Independent Writing task. The time you have for pre-writing is minimal. With only 30 minutes to finish the task, you may need to correct organizational mistakes during and after your writing of the essay. […]

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TOEFL Independent Writing: Organizing Your Ideas

There are many ways to ensure that an essay you write is well-organized. As Kate mentions, pre-writing is important. You should brainstorm ideas, and plan the essay’s basic structure. Your TOEFL essay will probably only be two or three paragraphs. Still, it will likely contain important elements from the five-paragraph essay, particularly an introduction and […]

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TOEFL Essay 2: Independent

After you’ve finished the integrated essay, you’ll move immediately on to the independent essay. For this essay, you’ll be asked a question about your opinion on a given issue or topic. Your essay should explain your position on that issue. Usually, the independent essay is a little longer than the integrated one, since you’ll have […]

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Planning Your TOEFL Essay

Assuming you spend the first few moments brainstorming mentally, you’ll need to spend some time writing a plan for what content you actually want to include. The goal of planning is to narrow down your focus, choose the strongest arguments, and decide how to structure your essay so that once you start writing, the words and […]

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Planning a Written or Spoken TOEFL Response for Independent Questions

The TOEFL requires you to provide well-thought-out answers to questions without really giving you time to come up with well-thought-out answers. When you’re studying, it’s OK sometimes to set aside extra time for planning, so that you get practice writing a good, thorough essay. But be careful not to do this all the time, as […]

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How to Write a TOEFL Essay Conclusion

If the introduction determines how your reader will relate to your issue, and the body determines how justified s/he thinks your argument is, the  conclusion is responsible for what the reader is most likely to remember about your essay. If you’ve ever performed or spoken publicly, you may have gotten this advice: start strong and […]

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How to Write a TOEFL Essay Introduction

Even experienced writers often struggle with writing introductions and conclusions. From a thematic standpoint, they seem superfluous: if you’re going to make your point in the body, why do you have to keep repeating yourself? But a good introduction does more than just state the thesis. Here is a list of strategies to keep in […]

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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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