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Ch 8: TOEFL Writing: About the Test

About This Chapter

This chapter includes an overview of the writing portion of the TOEFL test. Prepare for test day through the informative video lessons and practice questions in this chapter.

TOEFL Writing: About the Test - Chapter Summary

Learn about the structure of the writing portion of the TOEFL iBT with the informative lessons in this chapter. Preview the types of questions you'll encounter and read about some preparation strategies through short videos that cover:

  • Writing test overview
  • Independent task strategies
  • Sample independent task questions
  • Writing opinions vs. descriptions
  • Strategies for integrated task questions
  • Sample integrated task questions

This chapter is broken down into multiple lessons that focus on different parts of the TOEFL writing test. Each lesson includes a short, engaging video taught by an experienced instructor who presents key points using fun graphics and real-life examples. There are also multiple-choice quizzes and a chapter test that you can use to measure your comprehension and figure out if you are ready for test day.

TOEFL Writing: About the Test Objectives

The TOEFL iBT is an Internet-based test for non-native English speaker. The test assesses their English-language skills through four sections that cover reading, writing, speaking and listening. The writing portion of the test is 50 minutes long and includes two separate writing tasks. The first question is an integrated writing task. You'll have 20 minutes to read a short text, listen to a brief lecture and write a response. The second task is the independent writing task; you will have 30 minutes to write an essay on a given topic for this section. See samples of both types of questions and read tips for preparing for these writing tasks through the lessons in this chapter.

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: TOEFL Writing: About the Test
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Structure of the TOEFL Writing Section

1. Structure of the TOEFL Writing Section

The writing portion of the TOEFL tests your ability to write academic-style English prose. Here's an overview of what the writing section looks like and how it's scored.

TOEFL Writing Section: Independent Task Strategies

2. TOEFL Writing Section: Independent Task Strategies

Independent writing tasks on the TOEFL don't have to be stressful! Watch this lesson to learn tips and strategies for approaching them confidently and effectively.

TOEFL Writing Section: Independent Task Practice

3. TOEFL Writing Section: Independent Task Practice

In this lesson, you'll get a chance to practice with several different independent task questions from the TOEFL. Test yourself, find your weaknesses, and learn how to improve.

TOEFL Independent Writing: Argument vs Description

4. TOEFL Independent Writing: Argument vs Description

To do well on the TOEFL Independent Writing Task, you need to support your opinions. Don't fall into the trap of just describing the topic or restating your opinion over and over again!

TOEFL Writing Section: Integrated Task Strategies

5. TOEFL Writing Section: Integrated Task Strategies

Worried about the integrated task on the TOEFL Writing section? Don't panic: here are some strategies to see you through and tips to help you get your highest score.

TOEFL Writing Section: Integrated Task Practice

6. TOEFL Writing Section: Integrated Task Practice

Ready to get some practice working with Integrated Tasks on the TOEFL? Grab a pen and paper and get ready for a full-length practice task to help you prepare.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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