TOEFL® Writing Practice 92

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For this task, you will write an essay in response to a question that asks you to state, explain, and support your opinion on an issue. You'll have 30 minutes to write your essay.

Typically, an effective essay will contain a minimum of 350 words.

We recommend you practice organizing your essay for the first 5 minutes with a pen and paper like you will during your TOEFL exam.

Question: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? There is nothing that young people can teach older people. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position
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Question: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? There is nothing that young people can teach older people. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position

Word Count: 0

Sample Essay

It is true that older people have much more experiences than our young people, and they can give us much guidance when we encounter problems or unsolvable difficulties. However, with the rapid development of the modern society, young people can also teach the older people a lot. 

First of all, young people can teach the elders about new technologies used in our daily life. Living in a rapidly changing society, young people learn every day to keep up with the latest technologies and hi-tech tools. Mobile phones, for example, are very complicated sometimes and there are some short cuts to easier usability that only a young person knows. They can pass the advice on to their elders who aren't so into gadgets. Take computers for another example, we seldom see the elders use computers. If they can learn how to use them from young people, they will definitely be beneficial from it because computers have brought a lot of convenience to our lives.

Secondly, I believe that one thing the older generation should learn from the younger generation is acceptance and understanding. All too often, older generations view Millennials as entitled and lazy. This is due to the entirely different way of life that Millennials follow. We (millennials) have integrated technology as an inner aspect of our everyday lives, and older generations view this vast discrepancy with negativity because they simply do not understand what it was like to grow up with technological capabilities like that. I don’t think that we as Millennials should expect older generations to understand our way of life since their experiences varied so vastly from ours. However, I do believe that older generations can learn that there are many different ways to live one’s life and that our experiences define us.  

Finally, young people have some brand-new and creative ways of thinkings that older people cannot have.  It goes without saying that the older generations have quite a lot of experience. During their lifetime they have learned a lot of different tricks that now make they feel proud and content with themselves. I believe they deserve all kind of respect and admiration, but we cannot ignore that the kind of tricks they have been doing up to now are old-fashioned and not up-to-date anymore. To be successful in this rapidly changing world, one must think unconventionally.

To sum up, confronted with dramatic global changes, older people have much to learn from young ones as the latter are living through those changes, thus more capable of offering insights.

Learn How to Tackle TOEFL Independent Writing - Agree and Disagree Essays
Tip 1: Follow a standard TOEFL essay structure
Introductory Paragraph 1. Provide background information about the essay topic. Here are a few techniques:
  1. Begin with two sides of opinions on the essay topic
  2. Begin with the general public's opinions
  3. Introduce a fact that raises a question about the essay topic
  4. Introduce a debate on the essay topic
  5. Mention the advantage or disadvantage of a subject as a way to contrast
  6. your main opinion on the subject.

2. Write a strong thesis statement

Lesson: How to write a high-scoring TOEFL introductory paragraph part 1
Lesson: How to write a high-scoring TOEFL introductory paragraph part 2
Body Paragraph A
Body Paragraph B
Body Paragraph C (Optional)
1. Include a transition word/phrase at the beginning
2. Write a topic sentence
3. Include supporting sentences

Lesson: How to write a high-scoring TOEFL body paragraph
Conclusion Paragraph 1. Include a restatement of the thesis statement you wrote in your introduction
2. Provide a brief summary of your main ideas

Lesson: How to write a high-scoring TOEFL conclusion paragraph

There's no maximum length for your essay, but a good response is usually at least 300 words.

Tip 2: Use transition words and phrases

You need to use transition words and phrases to connect your ideas in your essay. You should have 2 transition words/phrases every 4-5 sentences.

Type of connection Transition words
These words can help you show the order of ideas. First/Second/Third
Firstly (or "First of all")/Secondly/Thirdly (or "Lastly")
For one thing/For another thing/Finally (or "Lastly")
In the first place/in the second place/Finally (or "Lastly")

Instead of "First", "First of all" and "Firstly", we can use "To begin with", "To start with", or "For starters". We can also use "First and foremost" to state that the first key point is the most important one among all key points.

Likewise, instead of "Finally" and "Lastly", we can use "Last but not least" to state that the final key point is just as important as the others, despite it being mentioned last.

These words can help you add information In addition, furthermore, additionally, also, next, moreover, what's more, on top of that
These words can help you conclude or to summarize: To sum up, in summary, in conclusion, to conclude, all in all, all things considered ,overall, taking everything into consideration, in a nutshell
These words can help you demonstrate contrast Conversely, on the contrary, by contrast, by way of contrast, on one hand/on the other hand
These words can help you compare or demonstrate similarity Similarly, likewise, by the same token, along similar lines
These words can help you state a result. As a result, as a consequence, consequently, therefore
These words can help you state a generalization. Generally, on the whole, in most cases, in general
These words can help you clarify a point. That is, in other words, to put it simply, That is to say, just to reiterate
These words can help you give examples. For example, for instance, take something, for example, to give a clear example
These words can help you state an alternative. Alternatively, as another possibility
Tip 3: Vary your sentence structure

To achieve a higher score or a perfect 5 out of 5 on the TOEFL English language criteria, you must show that you can accurately and flexibly use a variety of structures.

Lesson: Achieving sentence variety part 1
Lesson: Achieving sentence variety part 2
Lesson: Achieving sentence variety part 3
Tip 5: Vary your vocabulary

You should avoid using the same vocabulary throughout your essay. Instead, you can use synonyms or phrases that have the same meaning of words.

Here are some ways you can improve on this area:

  1. Read our sample essays and pay attention to words you are not familiar with.
  2. Utilize our TOEFL Vocabulary system
  3. Utilize our TOEFL synonyms exercises
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