TOEFL Integrated Writing Task

We recently took a look at the TOEFL independent writing section, now it’s time to take a look at the TOEFL integrated writing task.

The TOEFL integrated writing section includes a reading passage and a lecture. You will have three minutes to read the passage. The topic of the reading passages is generally about an opinion or description of a process.

The lecture continues on the same topic and provides you with more detailed information. Be aware that the lecture could provide statements that supports or contradict the opinion from the one presented in the reading passage.

TOEFL Integrated Writing Questions
The types of questions you will see on the integrated writing section are often about summarizing the points made and arguing for or against the statements made.

You will be given 20 minutes to plan and write your integrated essay. Write your essay brief and to the point, most essays are around 150 to 250 words long. Remember that you are being graded on the organization of your essay as well your language. Use a general essay structure when writing your essay.

It’s important to use sources from both the written and spoken material presented. Clearly explain if the example (source) you are using originated from the reading passage or the lecture. To remember details from the sources take good notes so it’s easy for you to implement the information to your essay.

Make sure your notes reflect important key details and not an overall summary from the material you have read or listened to. Always use your own words when writing the essay, even when you are using examples from the reading and listening materials. Learn more about taking notes for the TOEFL.

Before you start writing your essay, make a quick outline on how you want to structure your essay and where in your essay you want to insert details from your notes. This will save you time in the long run.
Practice using these strategies so that when you take the actual TOEFL test it will come to you without even thinking about it.

Best of luck on your TOEFL!