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Writing and speaking clearly in new language is never easy. Thus, it will be important for you to stay organized so that your readers and listeners can anticipate your ideas beforehand and, even if you do mispronounce a few words here and there, they will still understand you. One effective tool to help you to improve the organization of your writing and speaking is a thesis statement.
Being able to create an effective thesis statement will be important to you, for you will have to create six thesis statements on the speaking and two thesis statements on the writing sections of the TOEFL iBT. If you know how to carefully and quickly craft a thesis statement, you will dramatically improve your chances of coherently organizing your TOEFL iBT essays and speaking tasks.
Nevertheless, many TOEFL iBT test-takers struggle when it comes to writing effective thesis statements, wreaking havoc on their TOEFL iBT scores. After all, the speech or essay will follow the direction of the thesis, and, if the thesis is not focused, the rest of the essay or speech will be thrown into confusion. Consequently, the TOEFL iBT human raters will throw you to the dogs!
So what do you do? Well, you will need to practice crafting thesis statements based on independent and integrated speaking and writing tasks. Practice makes perfect! Lastly, you will need to understand the characteristics of thesis statements:
1. Thesis statements need to be sharply-focused.
2. Thesis statements should not be factual.
3. Thesis statements should not be ambiguous.
4. Thesis statements should be arguable.
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