The difference between the TOEFL independent writing task and the integrated writing section task is that the independent section asks you to write your opinion about an issue, while the integrated writing task asks you to write a passage based on information from a text or a lecture.
Today we are going to take a deeper look into the TOEFL independent writing task.
When writing for the TOEFL independent writing section it’s important that you focus your writing to the question in hand. Be specific and give facts that will support your opinion.
The questions in the TOEFL independent writing section are usually straightforward. Often they are questions such as “What’s your opinion on children watching TV for education, is it good or bad? Another common type of question is if a statement is true or false.
Before you start typing away, consider several different possible viewpoints from which the question could be approached, and pick the one that has the clearest, most logical reasoning and evidence behind it.
Another factor to include to your response is to make sure you use specific examples when supporting your claim or opinion. The examples could be drawn from your own personal experience or from someone close to you. Examples based on personal experience are best suited for topics like education. You can also provide examples from well-known stories and historical people.
Structure your answer in an essay format with an introduction, body paragraph I, body paragraph II, and a conclusion. Include examples that support your claims in the body paragraphs.
TOEFL Independent Writing Topics
Some people prefer big cars other prefer small cars. Which kind of car do your prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
If you could go back in time and visit a historical place where would you go? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Television has made the world a better place to live. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
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