TOEFL iBT Writing

The TOEFL iBT writing section is half of  the expressive part of the TOEFL test (the other being the speaking section).

Structure of the TOEFL iBT Writing Test
The first task will require you listen to a lecture, read a passage, and then write your response.
The second task is an independent task about a familiar topic. Test takers must state their response and support it with information from personal knowledge and experience.

TOEFL iBT Writing Scoring
Trained evaluators measure the ability to understand the material, as well as write clearly, accurately, and in an organized manner. The two tasks are scored by at least two individuals scoring from 0 to 5 and then the new scores are combined before scaling them to the range of 0 to 30.

Some tips for when you take the TOEFL writing part of the TOEFL test.TOEFL iBT Writing


Paraphrasing involves restating something from the source material in one’s own words. On the TOEFL iBT, test takers receive a score of zero if all they do is copy words from the reading passage. Practice paraphrasing words, phrases, sentences, and entire paragraphs.

Practice Typing on Keyboard

Make sure you practice typing on a keyboard. When taking the exam you will be using the keyboard to type so it's an advantage if you feel comfortable using it since it will help you save time.

TOEFL iBT Writing Structure

Practice organizing your writing. Before starting your written response allow 2-5 minutes to make an outline of your essay. Do not worry that the time is running, a good outline will save you plenty of troubles and time while writing

Other TOEFL Writing Tips

As you are practicing ask yourself these questions:
– Did I complete the task?
– Did I write clearly?
– Did I make grammatical errors?
– Did I use words correctly?
– Did I organize my ideas clearly and coherently?
– Did I use the time effectively?

Good luck on your TOEFL test and remember that you can practice your TOEFL writing skills by signing up for our TOEFL iBT practice package!

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