If you’re not sure how to structure your essays, these TOEFL Writing templates are for you. 🙂 Our TOEFL expert Lucas created templates for both the Integrated and the Independent essays. You’ll also find sample responses so you can see how these templates can be used.
How to Use TOEFL Writing Templates
First, a note on the word “template.” You may be looking for a full response that you can memorize, simply adding in small details as you write. Unfortunately, that’s not a good idea. If you memorize whole sentences that other students also memorized and used, you will get a 0 on the writing section. You cannot simply give a whole answer from memory.
But you can use specific words and phrases to structure your essays. If you know a few phrases to start your response, a few to move on to the next idea, and a few to end each thought, then you can better organize your essays. Well organized essays score more highly because they’re easier to understand.
So learn the words and phrases we provide you, and start using them in your TOEFL writing practice. The more you practice using them, the easier they will be to remember and use on test day.
After the key phrases for each task, there is a sample essay that shows one way you could use the phrases. That will help you to understand the overall structure of your answers.
View the templates here!
One of the ways in which you will be evaluated on your Writing tasks is how well your essays are organized. For this exclusive look inside the TOEFL® test, we’re going to talk about specific tips to help structure and organize your written responses.
First, let’s look at the three basic parts of an essay: the introduction, body and conclusion.
- First paragraph of essay – usually about three to five sentences in length
- Introduces the essay topic and includes a strong thesis statement that directly answers the essay question
- Main content of essay – usually about two paragraphs in length
- Each paragraph should directly support your thesis statement in the introduction
- Final paragraph of essay – usually three or four sentences in length
- Restates your thesis statement and summarizes the main ideas of your essay
- Before you start writing, make a brief outline or some notes on scratch paper to help you organize your thoughts. You can even type your outline and notes directly in the answer area on the computer and then replace your outline with sentences and paragraphs.
- Study the organization of good paragraphs and essays. A good paragraph discusses one main idea. This idea is usually written in the first sentence, which is called the topic sentence. In essay writing, each paragraph should discuss one aspect of the main idea of the essay.
- Try to use short sentences as much as possible, and break out different ideas into separate paragraphs with clear transitions.
Keep these tips in mind and keep practicing: You’ll find that your writing will improve, and you will be able to express your ideas more clearly in the Writing section of the test. Good luck!
--- Michael from ETS
For more writing tips, check out this short video