TOEFL 2020 TOEFL WRITING
TOEFL Writing comes at the end of the TOEFL where the candidates need to show their reading listening skills along with their writing abilities. This section is easy yet a bit complicated because of this. For a detailed understanding of TOEFL writing section read this article.
TOEFL writing section asks the test-takers to write two essays in 50 minutes. The two tasks are named as TOEFL integrated writing task and TOEFL independent writing task. The following picture shows the details of these two writing tasks:
As per the TOEFL exam pattern, the total duration of TOEFL writing is 50 minutes and it does not include the reading and listening time. For the TOEFL integrated writing task and TOEFL independent writing task, remember the following points:
|TOEFL integrated writing task||TOEFL independent writing task|
|Reading the article is possible while writing the essay||Quotations related to the prompt are necessary|
|The lecture will be played only once||Explaining the prompt in own words is the focus of TOEFL Independent writing task|
|The candidates need to explain whether and how the passage support or oppose to the lecture – Own viewpoints are not needed at all||The stand of the candidate must be clear and constant|
|Including examples are mandatory||-|
|Referring to the passage and lecture is mandatory||-|
TOEFL integrated writing task topics can be academic or generic which means any of the following can be the topic of the TOEFL integrated writing task’s reading passage and lecture.
On the other side, TOEFL independent writing topics are not limited to any subject. The questions of TOEFL independent task will simply provide a viewpoint on any topic in 1-2 sentences. Along with the prompt, a question will be there and the essay must be constructed in relation to that question.
Though the picture holds a few topics of TOEFL writing, we suggest the test-takers to check TOEFL writing samples for a wide range of topics for TOEFL writing task 1 and 2.
For TOEFL writing task 1, the question type is the same: the candidates need to explain how the text support and oppose to the recording. The task of TOEFL integrated writing task is just to summarize the passage and the lecture with compare and contrast techniques. The explanation must be to the point and not plagiarized.
For question types of TOEFL writing task 2 are
TOEFL writing section has several penalties for both tasks. Check the table below to understand how points can be deducted here:
|TOEFL Integrated writing task||TOEFL independent writing task|
|Rewriting or plagiarized content||Generic content|
|Too much referring to the passage and lecture||Multiple stands and lack of clarity|
|Too less or not referring to the passage and lecture||No example or quotation|
|Stating own opinions||-|
Plus, avoiding the followings can save the test-takers from losing points:
Following proper TOEFL integrated writing structure and using the connecting words in both essays can carry more marks here.
Each task of TOEFL writing is graded on a scale of 0-5, which means the total score range is 0-10 for 2 tasks. It is the raw score of TOEFL writing and this is used to convert to obtain a TOEFL writing scaled score within 0-30.
This scaled score is the TOEFL writing score or TOEFL writing (sectional) cut off for and this score is used to calculate the overall TOEFL score out of 0-120. Check the TOEFL writing raw score to scaled score conversion in the table below:
|RAW TOEFL WRITING SCORE||SCALED TOEFL WRITING SCORE|
To understand your preparation, go through TOEFL writing practice, take a test, and check the score.
In 2017, Indian candidates secured 24 in TOEFL writing section and it is the same as the TOEFL writing score of 2018.
Globally, in 2018, the writing mean score of the males was 20.5 and for the females, it was 20.9. In 2017, the writing mean score of the males was 20.6 and for the females, it was 20.9. It indicates the level of preparation had a decay among the males but that remains the same in females. In both these years, the males and females applying in business and non-business programs secured the highest mean scores.
TOEFL writing section is definitely a scoring section but proper TOEFL writing tips and strategies are needed.
A few TOEFL writing tips include:
Writing topics for TOEFL IBT with answers are available online and we suggest the candidates must check those to understand the TOEFL essay structures. Generally, the essay should have 4-5 paragraphs: the introduction must have a thesis statement and the conclusion must be general. Follow all these and get ready for a good score in TOEFL writing.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College
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