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Overview Of The TOEFL Writing Section

TOEFL Writing Section

The TOEFL Writing Section

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The Integrated Task

The “Independent” Task
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| TOEFL Excellencehe Writing Section of The TOEFL Exam is the fourth and final section that you will encounter on the exam.  The purpose of this Section of the exam is to test:

  • A Person’s Ability To Effectively Write  —  About information that is taken from a spoken & written source — and to combine that information in a coherent way in English
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  • A Person’s Ability To Express An Opinion Or Preference  —  About a Topic / Issue / Idea — and to express, in written English, his or her preference for one of two or three options

| TOEFL Excellenceven though the Tasks in The Writing Section of The TOEFL Exam have the longest periods of time to complete — there are only two Tasks that you will need to fulfill in this Section:

  • The “Integrated” Task  —  (Read / Listen / Write)
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  • The “Independent” Task  —  Write About A Personal Opinion Or Preference

The “Integrated” Task

  • First — Read A Text  —  Approximately 250-300 words / 3 Minutes Reading Time
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  • Second — Listen To A Related Audio Passage  —  Approximately 250-300 words / 2 Minutes Listening Time
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  • Finally — Write A Summary Of Both The Text & The Audio  —  Making sure to write about all important points and supporting details — showing how the text & Audio are related

The “Independent” Task

Before July, 2023

  • First — Read And Listen To The Task  —  Both asking you to give your Opinion about some Topic / Idea / Issue.  The task will always require you to give a preference based on tow or three options
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  • Second — Write An Essay  —  An effective essay should be at least 300 words.  Being slightly over or under the word-count will not negatively affect your score

After July, 2023

  • First — Read A Description Of A Topic Given By A Professor — Then Read Two Different Opinions On The Topic By Two Students  —  You then simply choose which opinion you agree-with
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  • Second — Write An Essay  —  Your task is to explain which opion you agree with, why, and then “add to the conversation” (by giving any thoughts or added information on the matter.  An effective essay should be about 200 words.

The Essay Should Consist Of:

  • Introductory Paragraph  —  Stating (briefly) the topic / issue / idea — and both “sides”, plus your opinion
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  • Second Paragraph  —  Stating why you are for or against the one side
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  • Third Paragraph  —  Stating why you are for or against the other side
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  • Summary Paragraph  —  Briefly re-stating your opinion

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