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TOEFL Writing Preparation Guide

In this guide you will find TOEFL writing practice questions, TOEFL preparation tips, and TOEFL exam information to help you prepare successfully for your TOEFL writing test. This page contains everything you need to know and the essential skills for a high writing score.

TOEFL writing Practice - independent writing Task

Below are lists of TOEFL writing questions. Feel free to start your TOEFL preparation now by selecting a question below.

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TOEFL writing Practice - integrated writing Task

Below are lists of TOEFL writing questions. Feel free to start your TOEFL preparation now by selecting a question below.

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TOEFL Writing Introduction

The writing section is the fourth section of the TOEFL iBT test and takes about 50 minutes to complete.

Have a look at the table below for details about each task.
Writing Task Details
Integrated Writing Task you are given 3 minutes to read an academic passage. After reading the passage, you then listen to a lecture on the same topic. You then write an essay summarizing the lecture and the reading passage and showing the relationship between them. You should not express your own opinion of the issues and you should not bring in any information form outside the passage and the lecture.

Reading: 3 minutes
Writing: 20 minutes
Independent Writing Task You read a prompt (a topic) and express your opinions in your response. Your response is based entirely on your own knowledge and experience.

Writing: 30 minutes


When you complete your TOEFL test, your writing must be evaluated. This is done by a combination of human readers and a computer program called e-rater®. Each of your essays is given a score from 0 to 5. Your combined essay scores are converted to a section score of 0 to 30.

There are four basic criteria on which your essay is evaluated. These four criteria are:
  1. How well you address the topic.
  2. How well you develop and support your ideas.
  3. How well you organize the essay and connect your ideas.
  4. How well you use the English language, including grammar, vocabulary, and writing conventions.

"Writing conventions" are the special rules of writing in English, including spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.


As for the TOEFL Integrated Writing Task, here are four basic criteria on which your essay is evaluated. These four criteria are:
  1. How well you select important information from the lecture.
  2. How well you relate the lecture points to the reading points.
  3. How well you organize the essay and provide details
  4. How well you use the English language, including grammar, vocabulary, and writing conventions.

How to Prepare for the TOEFL Writing Test

It takes time to develop good writing skills. Chances are a good English writer already has years of experience writing English and using English in their daily life. If you are not a good English writer, do not get frustrated.

The good news is that you only need to be able to write well on TOEFL independent and integrated tasks. Here are a few things we suggest you do in order to complete the TOEFL Writing section in the most effective manner.

  • To write well, first you need to read good essays so your brain has a database of good English structures and vocabulary you can use when writing. That being said, we recommend that you read and learn from our sample essays as much as possible. When learning these sample essays, do not just memorize them, but study how a paragraph is formed with different sentence structures, what words are used, and what main ideas are included. Ask yourself “Can I write similar sentence structures?” and “Can I form a sentence with these vocabulary words?”. The more you study, the more your writing skills will improve. The next time you write about a similar topic, you will be able to utilize them in your writing and add your own ideas.
  • If you are not a good writer, spend at least an hour a day practicing independent writing and integrated writing tasks.
  • Spend some time brainstorming ideas for all independent writing essays.
  • Complete our writing lessons to ensure you know what characteristics a high-scoring TOEFL essay should have. In short, the following are key factors in scoring well on the TOEFL Writing section
  • Understand the different types of prompts that appear in the independent writing section.
  • Write a clear opinion or position on an issue.
  • Write a good introduction and a good conclusion paragraph.
  • Write 3 main body paragraphs. Each body paragraph should consist of a main idea and specific examples with details that support the main idea.
  • Make good use of transition words to connect your ideas.
  • Use a variety of words, both common and academic, correctly and appropriately.
  • Use a variety of sentence structures correctly and appropriately.
  • Master paraphrasing, synthesising, citing, and note-taking skills.
  • Utilize all of our writing lessons

How to Write a High-scoring TOEFL Independent Writing Essay

How to write a high-scoring introductory paragraph - Part 1


How to write a high-scoring introductory paragraph - Part 2


How to write a high-scoring body paragraph


How to Write a High-scoring TOEFL Integrated Writing Essay

Master TOEFL Integrated Writing - Scenario 1 - Contradiction
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