1) What matters most in the minute your essays are graded
-> 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 masteryback 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!
Want more help? Click on why you're studying for the TOEFL: back to top
manish wrote on Sunday April 10, 2016 2:09pm
Hello \\\\r\\\\nNow i am in USA. HOWEVER , I DID NOT GET A GOOD SCORE IN TOEFL, SPECIALLY IN WRITNG AND READING SACATION. 21 APRIL IS MY TEST DAY. WHAT CAN I DO FOR GOOD SCORE.
Vishal Seth Please rate this question 2 ans wrote on Thursday March 31, 2016 10:10am
Building the factory near the hometown will not be supported by me. As the factory is used for the production of several things thus its expels many types of the substances which are harmfull to the society surroundings them. As the history seems that generally factories are established in the outer areas of the cities, towns etc. For example the Tata industries are build outside the city in the Mumbai and several other factories in the developed countries are being est. at outer periphery of the city.\r\nThe establishment if the factory near by the city will lead to the pollution and other environmental hazardous materials for example if the factory releases the organic acids, It causes the environmental pollution, and several human problems like chronic toxicities and acute toxicities. However it will also harmfull for the animals and for the microorganisms too, if there is emission of methane gas, it will lead to global warming and threat to the ozone layer. Thus est a factory has many harmfull concern on the human as well, for example if the leaching of nitrate with the ground water then there should be appear the blue baby syndrome or if the pesticide chemicals are used by the factory will be stored by the fat tissues in the human body which is very harmfull for the health of humans.\r\nSecondly, if the factories are established in the open space near the city will lead to occupy the space which will be used for the human welfare activities. It is better to builts a school, university or the research labouratories instead of building the factory. In the year 1960 when the factory as est near the city of Mumbai, after few years it has been observed that the children below the age of 7 years getting severely affected by the ground water contaminated by the organic chemicals like benzene. Researches has shown that factory near the cities have the detrimental health effect on the human body. Thus if building learning centers, recreation centers or the research labs are promising rather than est. a factory near the city in an open space. \r\nBy the above examples we can see that building factory near the city is not a good decision and in several countries like Switzerland, Neatherland it is illegal act which may lead to the prison for several years. Thus it is god that open space must be there rather than to build a factory that generates many problem related to humans, animals and also for the microorganism.
Manisha wrote on Wednesday March 30, 2016 10:42am
Hello Joseph, I have my TOEFL exam next week. Could you please send me ETS essay link and writing 1 study material. Thank you. My mail ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
purvi wrote on Monday February 29, 2016 11:25pm
hello, Joseph,I have a TOEFL exam next month.can you please send me some eassy samples and especially writing task 1 practice material.it would be great email@example.com
Arzu wrote on Monday February 29, 2016 4:58pm
Hello, Joseph! I have the TOEFL exam soon. Can you please send me some essay samples and also some typical phrases and linking words. Best regards, Arzu.email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alina wrote on Wednesday February 24, 2016 2:27pm
Hello, Joseph! I have the TOEFL exam soon. Can you please send me some essay samples and also some typical phrases and linking words. Best regards, Alina.email email@example.com
Alina wrote on Wednesday February 24, 2016 2:24pm
Hello, Joseph! I have the TOEFL exam soon. Can you please send me some essay samples and also some typical phrases and linking words. Best regards, Alina. \r\firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire wrote on Tuesday February 9, 2016 1:01am
I'm taking the IBT TOEFL on the 20th of february and don't feel confortable with it.
Could you please help me with my note-taking skills during the listening (and reading).
Moreover, do you have practice and tips to improve the writing section (typical great phrases to use for example, besides your video). Where can we find the free practice material you talked about in the video ? I definitely need your help.
Many thanks. email@example.com
Gulzar Ahmed wrote on Wednesday January 27, 2016 1:37am
Hi, Sir Joseph
I want a sample essay of 30 marks please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and could you please tell me about the integrated writing question that should we paraphrase the words in reading and listening while we write an essay or we can use similar words does it affect our marks or not?