TOEFL Independent Writing: Argument vs Description

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Say you're answering this prompt on the TOEFL Independent Writing Task:

If you want to share a meal with friends, is it better to go out to a restaurant, or is it better to cook the meal together as a group?

Which of the following statements takes a clear position on the issue?

A. Sharing a meal with friends is a great way to bond.

B. If you want to share a meal with friends, cooking the meal together is better than going out to a restaurant.

C. There are pros and cons to both cooking and going out to eat at a restaurant.

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Say you're answering this prompt on the TOEFL Independent Writing Task:

If you want to share a meal with friends, is it better to go out to a restaurant, or is it better to cook the meal together as a group?

Let's say that you decide to argue in favor of cooking together as a group. Which of the following (assuming that all the statements are factually correct) might you list as a REASON for your choice?

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Say you're answering this prompt on the TOEFL Independent Writing Task:

If you want to share a meal with friends, is it better to go out to a restaurant, or is it better to cook the meal together as a group?

Your friend responds to that prompt in defense of cooking with friends. Below is your friend's response. What's wrong with it?

Cooking is an important life skill, and many young people today struggle with cooking their own meals because they never learned how to cook from their parents. I personally had a hard time learning to cook, but once I mastered basic recipes, I found that the techniques came more and more easily.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will gauge your understanding of the opinion and description of TOEFL writing. You will need to know topics like the prompt on the TOEFL Independent Writing Task and how to answer different tasks.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Study points you will need to know include:

  • Be able to interpret Independent Writing Task that considers two sides of an issue
  • Interpret writing prompts
  • Understand how to respond accurately and with proficiency

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet will help you to:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on opinion versus description
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding reasons for a choice
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about TOEFL Writing

Additional Learning

For more information about TOEFL Writing, read this lesson entitled TOEFL Independent Writing: Argument vs Description. The lesson will cover the following:

  • Understand the purpose of a TOEFL Independent Writing Task
  • Be able to interpret and analyze argument versus description
  • Analyze writing examples
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