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How To Crack The Writing Section On The TOEFL

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January 2017

It is important to note that your first writing task consists of both a Reading and Listening part, so ensure that you keep your headset on at all times. Since the TOEFL ibt is a computer based test, your essay must be typed, so polish up on your typing skills well before you give the exam.

For Writing task 1, you will first have three minutes to read a passage. Use this time to skim through the passage, you do not have to take down notes, as the passage will reappear onto the screen at a later time. After the passage, you will listen to a lecture on the same topic, start taking down notes once the lecture begins, as the lecture will play just once. You will have 20 minutes to write an essay. Be sure that you summarize the points in the listening passage and explain how they relate to or cast doubt on specific points in the reading passage.

For task 2, you will have 30 minutes to write a response to a prompt. You will be asked to provide your personal views on the subject along with relevant examples.

Ensure that you answer what the question asks

One of the first things graders will look at when reading your essay is if you have answered the question in the prompt. Essays that don't address the issue will lose out on points. It is important that you know what each tasks needs you to do. The first task should contain only of facts from the Reading and Listening material. Be sure not include any personal opinions for this task, this essay should be written entirely in the third person. The second task will require you to give your opinion on an issue.

Make sure that your essay is long enough

When writing, you must ensure that your essay should be within the TOEFL's length guidelines. For the integrated task, you essay should be 150 to 200 words. An effective response for Task 2 independent task is typically about 300 words long. It is important that you express your ideas clearly in Task 2.

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Organize your Essay

Organized essays are easy to read. You should be able to link your paragraphs and ideas together. Keep track of your time, and try to finish your essay before time, so you can use the remaining time to go through your work and make any final changes if required. Your written responses on the TOEFL should contain an

  • An introduction, which contains a thesis statement
  • Body paragraphs, that contains examples and details that support your thesis
  • A conclusion, that contains a summary of your thesis

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