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TOEFL Writing Practice

Saturday, March 6, 2010,09:45 PM
Your TOEFL essay is graded on a scale of 1 to 6. A score of 1 means that the student is very weak at writing and giving an opinion in English. A score of 6 shows that the student has excellent English writing skills. An average student should score 3 to 4 in the TOEFL writing test. Below we have written some tips for improving your potential score.

                        10 Tips for the TOEFL Essay

1) Read the statement carefully and make sure you understand it. Always decide on what you are going to write before you start. Make a list of your main points.

2) It should be easy to identify the introduction, development and conclusion. Each section should have at least one separate paragraph.

3) Type or write in a clear, large script.

4) Address the entire question or statement, not just part of it.

5) Learn the rules of English punctuation and use them. Each sentence should start with a capital letter and end with a period, question mark or exclamation point.

6) Write short, simple complete sentences. This style sounds strong in English
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7) Do not begin sentences with the conjunctions and, or, but or with because.

Cool Make sure that each sentence has a clearly identifiable main subject and main verb and that they agree in number and tense.

9) Use a variety of sentence structures; at least one question, passive voice sentence, conditional sentence, complex sentence, etc.

10) Use specific examples or reasons to support your ideas. Stories or examples from your personal life are best. Remember, no one is checking up to see if these stories are true.

The following are TOEFL style essay examples:

1) If you could change one important thing about your country, what would you change? Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer.

2) What are some important qualities of a good school teacher? Use specific details and examples to explain why these qualities are important.

3)Many people say that the internet is the most important invention ever. Do you agree or disagree with this and if not, what do you believe to be more important? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

4) Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People pay too much attention to the less important things in life and fail to see the larger issues. Use specific reasons and details to explain your opinion.

5) Which do you feel is more important in your life: security or freedom and independence? Use reasons and specific examples to support your opinion.

6) A job should mean a job for life. Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

7) Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? With the help of technology, life is easier today than in the past. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Cool Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? A problem shared is a problem solved. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

9) Some music is very inspirational. Other music seems boring and meaningless. Which type of music do you listen to and why do you think some music forms are much more popular than others? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

10) If you could travel back in time or into the future, which would you choose and what exact period of time would you like to experience? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.


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