TOEFL Writing section
TOEFL Writing section consists of two tasks: integrated writing task and independent writing task.
In the first task you have to read a small text and listen to a lecture on the same topic. The information which is presented in the record can supplement, explain or refute the information that was mentioned in the text. During reading the text and listening to the recording you’re allowed to make notes. You have only three minutes to read the text which amount is 200-220 words. After this you have 20 minutes to write an essay using the information obtained from the text and audio. The limited amount of the essay is 150-225 words.
The second task is to write an essay according to the canons of evidence: it is necessary not only to bring relevant facts or express your opinion on this issue, but also to explain your position, to give examples, to use some famous quotes, etc. In the end you need to generalize the information and to draw the conclusions.
It is desirable to arrange a time so that after writing the essay it should be about 5 minutes to check the work. Then you will be able to read the prepared text and correct the grammatical and stylistic mistakes. It will improve the quality of the essay.
In order to successfully carry out the task of this section, it is recommended to write an essay during the preparation for the exam. The list of the topics is presented in www.ets.org.
In TOEFL Writing section it can be 4 types of the essays:
- Making an Argument,
- Stating a Preference,
- Agreeing or Disagreeing,
- Giving an Explanation.
The type of the essay depends on the question, which is offered to the examinee. If you want to cope with all the tasks of this section, you will need a thorough knowledge of the features and details of all kinds of the essays.
The amount of the independent writing task should be 300-350 words. It’s given only 30 minutes to complete the task.
Learn everything you need to know about question 1 of the TOEFL iBT Writing section, also known as the Integrated Writing question. Video includes tips, sample questions, scoring criteria, and a sample response:
In many TOEFL preparation textbooks (published by Cambridge, Barron's, Delta, Longman) it’s presented time organization strategy which is allotted for the Writing section. To improve writing skills it’s desirable for some time to work with a teacher who knows the secrets of for TOEFL preparation, or visit a special training program for the exam.