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TOEFL Writing

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.


The basics of the TOEFL writing for mastery back to top


As you should already know from 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 Writing Question 1 Structure & Strategy back to top



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.


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Maher wrote on Thursday November 10, 2016 11:48pm
I\'d appreciate if you grade my write out! Thank you!\r\nDo you agree or disagree with the following statement?\r\nChildren over the age of 15 should be allowed to vote.\r\nUse specific reasons and examples to support your answer\r\n-------------------------------------------------------\r\nThere might be a contraversiery of wether childeron over the age of 15 should be allowed to vote. However, in my opinion a child under the age of 18 should not be allowed to vote. \r\n\r\nElections are not a simple process to understand. Adluts need to have a great deal of knowledge prior to make decisions about whom they may vote for. I think it\'s a great idea to educate our childern about democacry and how the election process works. On the other hand I believe its a bit early to enage children below 15 years old in this complicated process. At age 15 through 18, the human brain might not have completely developed, at least not to the point to comprehend several complex matters in life. I think at such age, a child might underestimate the election process, or he may use his level of thinking and apply it into the voting process. Chidren in this age usually enjoy having fun, play, and entertain themselvies with whatever is around them. If we rely on them to vote, and make serious decisions about the people who are going to hold sensitive positions in our society, this migth lead to an inevitable consequences. \r\n\r\nThere are several factors and risks children migth carry while playing a fundemntal part in the election process. A child under 18 years old, would not be able to analyse political missions, goals, and duties. They might go for candidates based on how they look, or how they feel about them the same way they feel when they watch a cartoon movie on TV. The election process is deeper than physical apperances or TV characters. In these scenarios, it is very challenging for us to be able to understand how a child would think of a candidate before they vote for. For examlpe, I have a niece who is 16 years old, and last week she told me she likes Hillary Clinton to be the next presedent for the U.S. When I asked her why? she replied \"because she is a woman like me, and I like her name as well\", I replied what about Mr. Trump? she answered \"I don\'t like him because he is a man, and I am not into men, and I don\'t like his name either\". This simple example is one of several out there to reflect how children may think of candidates and the way they judge them. \r\n\r\nI totally disagree with allowing children under the age of 18 to vote for any official position in the community or at any level. However, I believe it is very instrunmental to educate them about the process in a gradual manner.

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Smit Ruparelia wrote on Sunday June 5, 2016 1:59am
I personally prefer to live with parents for a longer time. They, with all their life experiences, are the best guide who can help you steer clear of pitfalls and mistakes. They are a great moral support, who aid in overcoming any diffcult situation. They also help in sharing various burdens of life and family. I do understand that living with families for a longer time requires a certain amount of adjustments and compromises but at the end the benefits usually outweigh the sacrifices. According to me following are the three principle reasons which compell me to feel that way. First, parents have been with the child for his/her entire life and understands him/her better than any person could. They are aware of the person's strengths and weeknesses, likes and dislikes and the environment in which he/she could thrive. I feel they are the best source for positive encouragment required to surmount difficult times and situations. They can help a person work on his strengths and overcome his weaknesses and achieve best possible results in life. Second, parents have generally seen a lot in their lifetime and have an enormous experience to share. They have been through various phases of life and are aware of the pitfalls present at each stage. Parents can guide their children and help them avoid the obvious failures which otherwise a person living indepently will learn the hard way. A person living independtly is at the risk of repeating the mistakes of his/her parents. But, with a person living with his parents such is not the case. Third, in the modern times it is a norm for both parents to be working and they do not have sufficient time for parenting their children. In such cases, if a person is living with parents, then the parents usually share some of the burdens of raising a child. They can provide valuable moral lessons to the children and thus help create a better and ethical individual. Also, in cases when an individual is still in high school or college, parents act as quintessential financial backbone. This helps an individual to concentrate on his/her career path rather than worrying about paying his tuitions and bills, thus enabling him/her to excel in his/her chosen path. In conclusion, I will say that parents are the best teachers, act as a shield protecting a child from various deterrents and provide enormous support both morally and financially and thus I prefer living with parents for a longer time.

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satvik wrote on Friday March 18, 2016 10:52am
Young adults are believed to be sufficiently mature enough to live on their own and hence i believe that every young adult should step out of their dependency from parents and learn to live on their own. Young adults,epecially those who might have completed their college are expected to take up a job almost immediately.They should look for a source of income as money is essential for a man's/woman's survival.It would be irresponsible on the youngster's part to depend on his or her family's income even after a certain age.By living independently,the man/woman will have more time to think about their future, time which he might otherwise waste away if he lives with his family.Living independantly is a tough task and these demanding situations will force the young adults to take life seriously. As they say "Calm seas have never produced a great sailor", a simple and laidback life will notpresent the full picture of life.Living with parents comes with certain luxuries,for example sufficient food and a place to rest, but a youngster should be taught the harsh realities of life. Living alone will develop the mind and mould the person's personality.It makes him confident to face any challenge in his life ahead.Living independently will teach the person on how to approach a people for help and how to choose the right friend.Living independently can sometimes present the man some questions with many answers and he is expected to make a right decision. Living alone can thus be a boon for young adults.It strengthens them both emotionally and mentally.It opens them up to the real world and force them to make the right choices at various points in their lives.These qualities can not be nurtured if they live with their families

Aline Tiemi wrote on Wednesday February 10, 2016 9:24am
Hi, Teacher. Can you review the following essay (question 1 of writing section), please? Thank you. The article refers to one popular therapy, the insight therapy and states that the psychologist simply helps create an “atmosphere of growth on the psychologist’s part” for the client, also, the article provide three reasons of support. However, the professor explains that she doubts about this kind of therapy and refutes each of the author's reasons. First, the reading passage claims that psychologist should accept the client unconditionally. The professor refutes this point by saying that people make bad decisions and psychologist should not judge the client. Then, the psychologist needs to make the client recognizes this bad thing and stop the behavior. Second, the article posits that the psychologist have to be empathetic with the client by putting himself in the place of the client. However, the professor says that even though empathy is a good quality the psychologist does not have to imitate the client and feel the word with the same way as the client does. Finally, the reading support that the therapist need to be the mirror of the client, reflecting his or her thoughts and feelings back to the client by repeating them. The professor opposes this point by explaining that the psychologist does not have to repeat what the client does, She points that the psychologist needs to be active in the therapy, he needs to confront the client, challenge him. As a result the client could make better choices and be responsible about that.