10 Prep Tips for Improving Your TOEFL Writing Score

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Updated on Jun 10, 2022 03:01 IST

TOEFL writing tips: You can either prepare yourself or go to a coaching centre for preparing for the TOEFL test 2022. In this article, we will give you important tips to prepare for the writing section of the TOEFL iBT test. The Writing section comprises 2 tasks that candidates have to complete within 50 minutes. The section will be scored on a scale of 0-30. Recently, ETS, the body that administers the TOEFL test has done changes to it. Make sure to start preparing for the TOEFL Test with the New TOEFL Exam Pattern from August 2019.

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In this section, we are going to be talking about the top TOEFL iBT writing tips for applicants looking to appear for their TOEFL exam

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  • Enhance your vocabulary and knowledge of idiomatic speech so you can use it appropriately.
  • Learn grammatical structures so well that you can use them naturally when writing.
  • Learn the conventions of spelling, punctuation, and layout (e.g., paragraph creation).
  • Prepare from a textbook that includes questions about the material at the end of chapters and practise writing answers to those questions.
  • Read a paragraph of about 300–400 words. Write down the major points and important details of the paragraph. Further, use the outline to write a summary of the information and ideas. Summaries should be brief and communicate only the major points and important details. Be sure to paraphrase using different words and grammatical structures.

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  • Find listening and reading material on a single topic on the Internet or in the library. The material can provide similar or different views. Take notes on the written and spoken portions, and do the following:
    • Summarize the information and ideas in both the written and spoken portions.
    • Synthesize the information and discuss how the reading and listening materials relate. Explain how the ideas expressed are similar, how one idea expands upon another, or how the ideas are different or contradict each other.
  • Paraphrasing involves restating something from the source material in one’s own words.
  • Learn to find synonyms with ease. Pick 10 to 15 words or phrases in a reading passage and quickly think of synonyms without looking them up in a dictionary or thesaurus.
  • Write a paraphrase of a reading passage using only your notes. If you haven’t taken notes, write the paraphrase without looking at the original text. Then check the paraphrase with the original passage to make sure that it is factually accurate and that you have used different words and grammatical structures.
  • Make a list of familiar topics and practise writing about them. For each topic state an opinion or a preference and then support it with evidence. Practice planning and writing at least one essay for each topic. Be sure to take 30 minutes to plan, write, and revise each essay. Think about and list all ideas related to a topic or task before writing.

Note: ETS suggests you enhance your vocabulary by solving crossword puzzles and playing other word games to improve your TOEFL writing skills.

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