TOEFL Writing Skills
The last section of TOEFL writing, which takes about 50 minutes. It consists of two parts: the integrated writing task (150-225 words) and the work of freelance writing (300-350 words).
If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of writing in such a short time, remember that writing is a skill that can be developed. Many guides TOEFL, like Delta, Longman, Cambridge, and Barron, presented detailed strategies to help you organize and focus your writing. Essays also provide an analysis of samples and high and low grade responses. In addition, you will work with an experienced teacher of TOEFL or register for a program of preparation for the TOEFL exam in order to receive significant corrections and feeback on how to improve and strengthen their writing skills.
The integrated writing task is first and is organized as follows:
- You read a passage – 3 minutes
- You listen to a related conference – 2 minutes
- You write an essay – 20 minutes
In your response to the integrated question, you will be asked to summarize the points made in the lecture and either show how the lecture supports the points made in the reading passage or show how the lecture casts doubt on the points made in the reading passage.
It is useful to take notes of key points as you read, although the reading passage reappears at the time of writing. More importantly, should take notes while listening, as it only has a chance to listen to the conference. Listen carefully to the arguments, explanations and examples that support or challenge the issues raised in the reading. It is essential that you take detailed notes while listening or not have enough material to write.
The essay can be configured as a paragraph or paragraphs. In terms of organization, you have two ways you can structure your answer: You can compare and contrast each point as you go. For example, « The reading passage that …. » « On the other hand, the conference said that …. » Alternatively, you can list all the points raised in the passage to read a paragraph and all the points made in the lecture in the next paragraph.
The Princeton Review Cracking the TOEFL test iBTgives detailed structure that could follow in developing the integrated response.
Note that for the integrated task, they were not asked to give their opinion but to relate what they have read and heard. Do only what the question asks you to do – no more no less.
The second task in the writing section is the independent test. You have 30 minutes to write an essay paragraph four or five years (about 300-350 words) in response to one question.
The first thing you have to do is to clearly identify the task. The question may be asked to agree or disagree, make an argument, an explanation or a statement of preference. Make sure you understand what is being asked to do.
The next point is to take a maximum of 5 minutes to plan your essay. Sometimes students avoid doing this because they feel it takes away the little time they have to write the essay. However, by planning ahead, you focus first on what to write and then you can concentrate on the best way to express their ideas.
You will also be able to organize your essay more effective by establishing points and examples in advance. The use of concept maps, Venn diagrams, mind maps or other tools to exchange ideas to help you conceptualize your essay. These planning techniques, along with practice exercises are explained in detail in Barron How to Prepare for the TOEFL test.
If, while planning, you discover that you can not think of enough reasons or examples to write a persuasive essay, then you might consider adopting the opposite view. The emphasis is on the generation of many ideas and examples for writing a strong essay, though not his real view on the subject. Have enough « meat » in his essay is more important than the choice of a particular viewpoint.
You then have 20 minutes to write your essay. After deciding on your approach, state your position clearly on the front lines or at least in the first paragraph. The examiner should not be left guessing what their position on the given topic. After the introductory paragraph, you have to write two or three supporting paragraphs, providing reasons and examples, and finally the conclusion. It always begins his essay with a strong foothold and end with a powerful conclusion to the first impression and the last are powerful and compelling.
Try to spend about 5 minutes at the end to review your essay and correct any obvious spelling, grammatical or vocabulary. If you are running out of time, try adding at least one conclusion of a line, so that his essay seems to be complete