The writing section is split into 2 different types of exercises. You will have to:
- Summarise an academic text of about 260 words and a lecture on the same topic (which lasts about 1min45.)
- Write an essay on an everyday topic.
- Exercise 1 (20 min): 1 essay of about 260 words
- Exercise 2 (30 min): 1 essay of about 300 words
TOEFL Writing – Exercise 1
You will be assessed on your ability to use information you have read and heard and write about it in a coherent way.
Themes and Materials
Just like in the fourth exercise of the speaking section, you will have to answer a question from a text and an audio recording about an academic topic. The audio track may complement, nuance or question the text. Your answer should be between 150 and 225 words long.
- The question will ask you to analyse the link between the two resources. You will only be allowed to listen to the recording once. However, the text will reappear when you are writing your answer, so you will be able to quote some of its ideas.
- Unlike Exercise 2, you are not expected to give your opinion but to describe the link between the two resources (how they complement, oppose, nuance each other).
- Instructions: You have 20 minutes to plan and write your response. Your response is judged on the quality of the writing and on how well it presents the points in the lecture and their relationship to the reading passage. Typically, an effective response will be from 150 to 225 words. You may view the reading passage while you respond.
- Example: Summarize the points made in the lecture, being sure to explain how they cast doubt on specific points made in the reading passage.
You will have 3 minutes to read the text. You will then have to listen to the audio track (which lasts about 1min45). You will then have 20 minutes to write your answer.
TOEFL Writing – Exercise 2
You will be assessed on your ability to write in English.
Theme and Materials
This is the last exercise of the exam: you will have to write a 300-word essay. You will have 30 minutes. You will have no material to work from.
Themes: The question will be about an everyday topic — education, your family and friends, your environment (hobbies, culture, sport, ecology), general truths…
- There is no trick: Examiners do not expect you to show your knowledge of a topic. However, they will check your grammar, your vocabulary, your ability to structure your answer and to set out your arguments coherently…
- Instructions: In this part, you will be asked to write an essay based on a familiar topic and to express your opinion on this topic. Do not forget to use examples and reasons to support your statement. Read the question below. You have 30 minutes to plan, write, and revise your essay. Typically, an effective essay will contain a minimum of 300 words.
- Example 1: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Money can’t buy happiness. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
- Example 2: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? A woman should focus on her family life rather than on her career. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
You will have 30 minutes to write your answer.
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