TOEFL Writing



1) What matters most in the minute your essays are graded


->Word count,

-> structure,

-> the clarity of your content,

-> grammatical strength (specifically with articles, subject-verb agreement, spelling, and punctuation).


That's it. The overwhelming influence of these points on your TOEFL writing score cannot be overemphasized because it's basically the only points graders examine in the minute they take to evaluate your essay.


Now for the fun part, it's time for you to learn NoteFull's tips, tricks, and secrets to apply this knowledge to earn the TOEFL writing score you need and make tremendous improvements in your TOEFL writing skill set.


First, let's review the basics to ensure that you know the essential points to the TOEFL writing if you've never taken the TOEFL before. If you have taken it before, it's time to review to make sure we have those critical basic points clearly understood.


2) The basics of the TOEFL writing for mastery back to top


As you should already know form our TOEFL overview section, the writing consists of 2 questions. Your writing score will range from 0 to 30 depending on your essays ratings. The ratings will be averaged and converted to a score of 30. 


Developing high scoring word count, structure, and content


We know that we have 2 questions, right? Each is different and requires its own specific strategy, so watch and enjoy the videos below to master them. Don’t forget to take great notes.


TOEFL iBT Writing: Question 1



Here are two fast points for this question.


First, it’s all about your notes and understanding. We receive questions often about what to do if you didn’t get all the points from the lecture. Our advice: do your best but you must work on your listening and note-taking skills. If your not sure how to do this, let us know with the form below so we can get you the help you need.


Second, once you have all of the important content in your notes, that’s all you need. 250 words is the number of words you need for a perfect score. If you write more than 250, that's fine but be careful. When we read essays beyond 250 from students that score 24 or below, they are often wordy, repetitive and lack clarity. So, be precise and exact. This doesn't mean to try to write less; it just means stick to your notes and don't write more just to have a higher word count.


TOEFL iBT Writing: Question 2



Here are two fast points about this question.


First, a high word-count on this question won’t guarantee a high score (remember that content is king; you need good content with a high word-count).


Second, use the easiest examples you can write well with, but don’t write the simplest. What's the difference? One example: it’s better to write an example about your career or studies than what you did at the park. Referencing more “professional” experiences will allow you to write better and use more advanced vocabulary. It's not being simple but still being easy because both experiences are yours. They're both about what you know well.


How your grammatical strength affects your score 


How much does your grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and sentence complexity (what we at NoteFull call your writing "mechanics") affect your score? A lot, but not as much as you think. That's why it's last in the list.


Of course, you need good mechanics, but too many students study grammar instead of develop listening skill and overall writing skill in preparation for the TOEFL writing section, which is a massively ineffective way to study. Content mastery first and writing mechanics second. Remember that. Remember that. Remember that. Following these videos is key.


BONUS: How to understand the e-raters affect on your score


Each essay you write is evaluated by a grader and a computerized e-rater (that’s right; the TOEFL is going to use a computer to assess half of your writing score).


Below is a special video that we created for you. It deals with the reality behind having half of your writing score determined by a computer. It was created because sometimes when we learn something new, we have doubts. That's normal, but don't have doubts with NoteFull. We eat, sleep, breath, and live the TOEFL, so take our advice 100%. 


Remember that our mission is divided into two points: 1) to help you--with your desire, work ethic, and strong will--to succeed; 2) to raise your expectation of the incredible quality and effectiveness of online education with NoteFull.


There's nothing like this anywhere for the TOEFL and it will clarify what you just learned, so please watch carefully. Enjoy!



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Sujoy wrote on Thursday August 25, 2016 1:51am
Hello Joseph I have my test on 10 September 2016. Please send me some writing topics and tips for all sections. All suggestions are welcomed...
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Lila wrote on Wednesday August 24, 2016 6:17am
with only 5 days of study i scored 26/30 in writing section thank you Notefull :)

gurjeet wrote on Friday August 19, 2016 10:20am
hello Joseph i have my test on 26 august 2016 plz send me some writing topics and tips for all setions. All suggestions are welcomed...

yash wrote on Thursday August 11, 2016 10:23am
Awesome lecture! Thanks a lot! Just a minor typo: in the last line on second paragraph after the question 1 video, it should be "If you're not sure" instead of "your".
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Ahmed wrote on Thursday July 28, 2016 3:48am
Hello Joseph, I sit for my Toefl exam soon. Could you please send me some topics for essay and also some typical phrases and linking words to my mail Thank you so much!!!

priyanka putta wrote on Friday July 8, 2016 8:38pm
Hello, Joseph! I have the TOEFL exam soon on dis friday 15th july. Can you please send me some topics for essay nd speaking.
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Jane wrote on Tuesday July 5, 2016 1:37pm
Hello, Joseph! I have the TOEFL exam soon. Can you please send me some topics for essay. Best regards, Jane\r\

Mnai wrote on Wednesday June 22, 2016 8:29pm
Good teachers are more important to a child than parents. Nowadays it is a big controversial issue who is more important for children's teachers or parents? I a totally agree with the teachers are playing an important role in children's life. With out teacher cant get more knowledge and success. A good teacher can make you professional and also a bad teache r can spoil your career. Following roles are played by a good teacher in child's life rather than parents. Firs I support that idea because teachers are the most significant part of the human kind might it be school teacher a sports teacher or yoga teacher all the teachers are played an important role in human kind. In addition, a good teache r plays a very important role in children's life rather than parents because parents have a some limitations. For example, Parents could be emotional some time with the thair children, but teachers could not do this. In fact, this behavior helps to children's life..A good teacher might be strict with their student and they could punished them. For the instant I know a familey in my country this family is very reched in money. Tjey thought they can learn all things to their childreans they think they do not needs any teachers gfor children . as result both children choose a wrong way in teen ages becuae they did not learnt fundamental things who can teach onl a good teacher. g childrean life better. Anothe reasons i belive the a good teachers are plays an significant roles in childrens becausr its the jobs for them . My meant a school or any others insitutes pay teachers for thair good job. In fact teachersare do hard an dbetter job to thaier students.As result they make childrens better.on the other hand pareants can not spend 4-8 hours for the children at the home. A good teacher must be a profeessional .These kinds ofgood teachers can teach childrens some things which pareants might be can not.for example, for the teen agers a good teacher can teach adults things. However pareants might br fee shy and disconfort wtih the childreans for teach those things. Over all a good teachers is alwaas important for the childrean rather than pareants.However, pareants are also imprtant for the childrens ,but good teacher has some spicial character for making childreans feature bettetr.In conclusion, Both pareants and teachers are veryimportant for childrens. Botha have specific jobs and role for childreans.However a good teacher is more important than pareants. Agood teacher can teach soethings adulthood with the childreans> they have more time for studeats.
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manasi wrote on Saturday June 4, 2016 2:37am
can you please review this for me......independent task SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT UNIVERSITY STUDENTS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND CLASSES. OTHER BELIEVE THAT GOING TO CLASSES SHOULD BE OPTIONAL FOR STUDENTS. WHATS YOUR OPINION. Universities are the centres of higher education. People attend universities in order to get specialization in a particular field and also to complete or fulfil the criteria for the jobs they are aiming for. Universities are places where many diverse subjects are offered, many courses are running simultaneously and also universities offer loads of co curricular and extra curricular activities for the overall development as well as relaxation and enjoyment of students.. In my opinion, the students shouldn’t be forced or required to attend classes at university level. I hold this opinion because of two reasons. Firstly I think that people who enter these hubs of higher education are grown ups and should be allowed to decide how they want to spend their time and how do they want to invest their time. Making classes compulsory would unnecessarily burden the students who could employ their time more effectively. For instance a student is good in biology but lacks in maths and he is forced to attend the biology lectures for like two hours a day wherein he could utilize that time to hone his skills in maths and get better at the other subject he is weak in. Secondly, there are tonnes of students who get admissions on the basis of their merit and excellence in sports ,music or any other co-curricular activity and would rather utilize that time to further their skills in thart field.There are some students who arent financially well off and work odd jobs to support their families as well as their own eduction. Such students would require that they invest their time in working shifts and earning the extra money to pay the bills and rents and fees which would not be feasible if classes become compulsory. So in my opinion university attending adults who are allowed to make major decisions in life should also be allowed reason on their own if they want to be a part of certain classes or not and as such attending classes should be optional

Mayank wrote on Monday May 23, 2016 9:41pm
Hello, Joseph! I have the TOEFL exam soon. Can you please send me some essay samples and also some typical phrases and linking words.\r\nBest regards,\r\nMayank\r\nEmail:
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