Writing is the last section of the TOEFL. It lasts about 50 minutes and consists of two stages:
= the integrated writing task (150-225 words);
= the independent writing task (300-350 words).
If you are embarrassed about writing so much in such a short time, remember that you can improve your writing skills. You will if you are ready to work on it. Many TOEFL guidebooks, such as Delta , Longman , Cambridge , and Barron's will present you detailed strategies to help you organize and focus your writing. They also contain sample essays on different topics and give an analysis of high- and low-scoring responses. You can study with a help of experienced TOEFL teacher on the Internet so that you can receive corrections. You’ll get a comprehensive feedback on how to improve and strengthen your writing skills.
Integrated writing is organized in the following way:
· You read a passage - 3 minutes
· You listen to a related lecture - 2 minutes
· You write an essay - 20 minutes
You are permitted to make some notes of the main points as you read. They will help you later to answer questions and write essay. You may also note while listening but be sure that you do not omit important part when writing. You have only one opportunity to hear the lecture. Listen carefully for strong moments, explanations and examples especially concerning the points made in the reading.
In your response to the integrated question, you will be asked to explain how the points made in the lecture and in the reading passage are connected, confirm or contradict one another.
Your essay may have a structure of one long paragraph or contain three paragraphs. You can organize your essay in one of two ways: to compare and contrast each point of the reading passage and lecture or list first all of the points made in the reading passage and then all the points made in the lecture in the next paragraph.
The integrated task demands from you not your opinion but explain what you have read and heard. Be attentive and do definitely what you asked to do - no more and no less.