TOEFL Essay Checklist

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The TOEFL’s writing exam was previously administered as a separate test. Now, the writing section is Section 4 of your TOEFL iBT. It is divided into two sections: Integrated Writing and Independent Writing. The integrated section is writing which is based on reading and listening. You will read a passage on a particular topic, and then you will listen to a lecture on that same topic. During the reading and lecture, you’re able to take notes in order to collect your thoughts when writing. Afterwards, you will be given a question in which you must respond in 150 – 225 words.

The independent section will also be based on a question, but it will require you to give an opinion and justify your argument. The question will ask your opinion on a topic, such as “It is better to grow up with siblings than without. Do you agree or…

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