Listen to this post: How to Improve Your Writing Skills for the TOEFL iBT
Do you fear college level writing assignments more than you fear the dentist? Is the writing section of TOEFL iBT bringing your overall score down? Would you like to improve your academic writing skills? If you have answered yes to one of these questions, pay close attention to the following tips for both the independent and integrated writing tasks for the TOEFL iBT.
Five Successful Habits for the Independent Writing Section of the
1. Create a list of familiar topics and practice writing about them: “Describe your favorite vacation destination,” and “Describe an important person who has influenced you” are representative of familiar Independent Writing topics for the iBT
2. You could also practice by stating an opinion or a preference and then by presenting reasons clearly and in detail. “Which do you think is better: living on campus in dorms or off campus in apartments?” is representative of an opinion-preference Independent Writing topic for the iBT.
3. Practice planning and writing an essay for each topic. Practice planning, writing, and revising each essay within the 30 minute time limit.
4. Practice prewriting techniques in you which you think about and list ideas related to a topic. Practice this BEFORE you begin writing your essay.
- Identify one main idea and some main supporting points to support that main idea.
- Create a sharply focused thesis statement and use it as a blueprint for the ideas presented in each developmental paragraph of the essay.
- Use sufficient explanation and detail to develop the main supporting points of the essay.
5. Aim to write a minimum of 300 words for the Independent Writing section.
Five Successful Habits for the Integrated Section of Writing
Section of the TOEFL iBT
1. Understand how to write an effective summary.
2. Find a college textbook that includes discussion questions at the end of the chapter. Read
the chapter, take notes, and practice writing answers to these questions.
3. Read a 300 to 400 word article and then create an outline of the major points and important details. Using the outline, write a summary of the information and ideas of the article.
4. Distinguish among quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing, three methods of citing material you use from other sources. Keep in mind when writing papers in university courses that whether you quote, paraphrase, or summarize, you will need to cite the author and page or date in your text and include a list of works cited at the end of a paper.
- Take notes on the information in the listening and in the reading passage, especially discussing how both materials relate.
- Synthesize (combine) the information in the listening and in the reading passage, especially discussing how the materials relate.
- Explain how the ideas in the listening and reading materials are similar, how one idea expands upon another, how the ideas are different, or how ideas contradict one another.
5. Locate listening and reading materials on the same topic. The material, located on the Internet, in the library, or in your TOEFL book, can present different or opposing views.
So, after having put into action these tips for a period of time, maybe completing an essay examination isn’t so bad after all.
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