TOEFL Writing

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Integrated Task

20 minutes to write. 
First you'll read a text. You'll have 3 minutes to read the text. The test is on a computer so you will need to type.
Then you'll listen to a lecture where a professor disagrees with the text you read. 
There is no maximum length for your response, but typically an effective response has between 150 and 225 words.

Below is the CK Strategy and Template for each writing task.

1. Read the text - 3 minutes to read.

While reading the text take notes of any words you don't know, but don't stress the text will be available while you are writing. 

2. Listen to the lecture who will disagree with the text.

TAKE NOTES! You'll have to practice taking notes.

3. Listen to the question... it is always the same so don't worry if you miss it.

4. Template

1st Paragraph - Introduction

 - This paragraph gives no detail but just states the main idea of the article and the main idea of the lecture.

The article states that _(main idea)_ and provides 3 reasons of support. However, the professor disagrees with the reading passage by explaining that _(main idea)_ and refutes each of the author’s reasons.

2nd Paragraph - First Reason from the audio/lecture

- Now, the strategy is to look at the notes you took during the audio and find something opposite in the text and paraphrase it in the first space __, then give detail about the lecture in the next 2 spaces __.

Firstly, the reading claims that _(paraphrase a sentence or two from the text)_. The professor refutes this point by saying that _(first reason)_. He states that _(expand on that reason)_. 

3rd Paragraph - Second Reason from the audio/lecture

- Again look at the notes you took during the audio and find something opposite in the text and paraphrase it in the first space __, then give detail about the lecture in the next 2 spaces __.

Secondly, the article states that _(paraphrase a sentence or two from the text)_. However, the professor says that _(second reason)_. According to the professor, _(expand on that reason)_.

4th Paragraph - Third Reason from the audio/lecture

- Again look at the notes you took during the audio and find something opposite in the text and paraphrase it in the first space __, then give detail about the lecture in the next 2 spaces __. 

Thirdly, the reading says that _(paraphrase a sentence or two from the text)_. The professor opposes this point by explaining that _(third reason)_. We also learn that _(expand on the reason)_.

 

5th Paragraph - Conclusion

- Now conclude the information above with a brief summary of the lecture proving the main point of the reading false. 

In conclusion, the professor disagrees with the reading passage because _(summarize the reasons above) .  
 

Independent Task

30 minutes to write. 
They will ask you to write an essay about a topic. 

Below is the CK Strategy and Template to make it easier for you to answer this question correctly and quickly. 

Paragraph 1: Introduction
Sentence 1: Hook: One complex sentence about the topic. It must attract the attention of the reader. Use a lot of adjective and adverbs: This SHOULD NOT ANSWER THE QUESTIONS.
Sentence 2 and 3( if needed): Answer: Answer the question. Try to make a complex sentence of it.

 

Paragraph 2: Body 1: Reason 1 / Advantages 
Sentence 1: Topic Sentence: This must tell the reader what the paragraph is about.  If the sentences that follow are not related to this sentence the paragraph is not well written. 
Sentence 2/3/4: Detail: Provide more details about the topic sentences. Explain exactly what it is. 
Sentence: 5/6/7: Example: Provide a real example one that you have witnessed.
Sentence 8: Conclude: Provide a conclusion to the paragraph.

 

Paragraph 3: Body 2: Reason 2 / Disadvantages 
Sentence 1: Topic Sentence: This must tell the reader what the paragraph is about.  If the sentences that follow are not related to this sentence the paragraph is not well written. 
Sentence 2/3/4: Detail: Provide more details about the topic sentences. Explain exactly what it is. 
Sentence: 5/6/7: Example: Provide a real example one that you have witnessed.
Sentence 8: Conclude: Provide a conclusion to the paragraph.

 

Paragraph 4: Body 3: Reason 3 / THIS PARAGRAPH ISN'T ALWAYS NEEDED. 4 Paragraphs is enough.
Sentence 1: Topic Sentence: This must tell the reader what the paragraph is about.  If the sentences that follow are not related to this sentence the paragraph is not well written. 
Sentence 2/3/4: Detail: Provide more details about the topic sentences. Explain exactly what it is. 
Sentence: 5/6/7: Example: Provide a real example one that you have witnessed.
Sentence 8: Conclude: Provide a conclusion to the paragraph.

 

Paragraph 5: Conclusion:
Sentence 1: Paraphrase the thesis/answer/opinion  
Sentence 2: Summarise the 2 reasons, advantages/disadvantages