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TOEFL Writing Section: Independent Task Strategies

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How long will you have to plan and write your response on the TOEFL Independent Tasks?

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1.

Imagine that you're writing an essay for the TOEFL Independent Task. Your prompt is: Is it better for schools to have a dress code or is it better to let students dress as they like? You are arguing that it's better to have a dress code. Which of the following would be (a) good reason(s) to offer in support of your position?

A. It is better to have a dress code.

B. Students will concentrate more easily when they aren't worried about clothes.

C. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

2. Why should you use transition words in your essays on the TOEFL?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The TOEFL tests those who speak English as a second language on their fluency. This quiz will assess your knowledge of the writing portion of this test, including both how to form the essay and how much time you will have to do it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz tests your knowledge of the writing portion of the TOEFL, including:

  • Essay-writing time limit
  • How to form an effective argument
  • The importance of transition words

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you understand how to make an effective, cohesive argument for the writing portion of the TOEFL in the time allotted
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as transition words
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the writing portion of the TOEFL

Additional Learning

For more information on the writing portion of the TOEFL, review the accompanying article titled TOEFL Writing Section: Independent Task Strategies. This lesson describes:

  • How to form an effective argument in a strict time period
  • Planning your essay
  • Writing your essay
  • Essay revisions
  • Preparing for the test
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