KI UNIQUE TOEFL IBT WRITING TIPS
The Academic Writing section tests the examinee skills to present their ideas clearly and in a well organized manner.
- The writing section has 2 tasks and 2 questions as already mentioned.
- The time permitted for this section is 50 minutes.
The scoring range is 0-5, which is then convertible to 0-30 scale for calculating the individual per section score and the overall score of exam.
- Enhance your vocabulary and particularly improve your knowledge in synonyms.
- Avoid grammatical errors and use appropriate punctuations.
- Be good at rephrasing sentences. For that:
- Identify nouns, adjective, adverb and verbs in the sentence and then whenever possible, choose synonyms of those words (i.e., using different parts of speech if necessary)
- Change the grammar from passive to active or vice versa; somehow change the word order of the sentence so that human raters do not accuse you of stealing the grammar structure in the reading passage.
- Practice writing in English on a computer keyboard.
- Learn to use transition (linking) words to switch between different ideas, add information, provide examples, compare points, etc. Such words are: furthermore, in addition, for example, for instance, on the other hand, to sum up, first, second, etc.
- Use signal words and phrases, such as “on the one hand” or “in conclusion,” to create a clear structure for your response.
INDEPENDENT WRITING SECTION:
- Create a list of familiar topics and practice writing about them.
For example: Describe your favourite vacation destination.
- Practice “state your opinion” or preference based topics and then “presenting reasons” clearly in detail.
- Practice, planning and writing an essay for each topic and even practice revising that.
- Practice pre-writing techniques before writing your essay.
- In this identify one main idea and supporting points in the essay.
- Give sufficient explanation or detail in the supporting points.
- Write minimum 300-350 words for Independent Writing.
INTEGRATED WRITING SECTION:
- 1. Practice discussion questions. For that:
- Find a college text book that includes discussion questions.
- Read the chapters in it.
- Take notes and practice.
- Understand how to write an effective summary.
- Distinguish recording, paraphrasing and summarizing.
- Locate reading and listening materials of same topic in library etc. for practice.
- Express information in an organized manner, displaying unity of thought and coherence.
- 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:
Explain how the ideas expressed are similar, how one idea expands upon another, or how the ideas are different or contradict each other.
- Summarize the information and ideas in both the written and spoken portions.
- Synthesize the information and discuss how the reading and listening materials relate.
SAMPLE QUESTION TYPE:
INTEGRATED GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY BASED SAMPLE:
John is so shy.
I know. Very rarely ____________ to me.
- a. he speaks
- b. does he speak
- c. he is speaking
- d. he does speak
Did you go to the mall today?
Yes, I bought one of those __________ books.
- a. good $5 paperback
- b. $5 good paperback
- c. paperback good $5
- d. good paperback $5
Mary's business is really a success.
Yes, it's grown __________ leaps and bounds.
- a. under
- b. through
- c. in
- d. by
Where are the compact disks?
In the cabinet __________ we keep the CD player.
- a. that
- b. where
- c. which
- d. in that
Do you see Rachel much these days?
No. __________ her only once since last summer.
- a. I have seen
- b. Have I seen
- c. Did I see
- d. I see
INDEPENDENT TASK TOPICS SAMPLE:
- Nowadays, food has become easier to prepare. Has this change improved the way people live? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
- If you could change one important thing about your hometown, what would you change? Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer.