Simple Tips for Success in TOEFL Written Exam
You might be able to understand English well when you hear it. You might even be able to speak it perfectly. But how well can you write in English?
How would you respond to the sample question below?
You have 30 minutes to plan, write, and revise your essay. Typically, an effective essay will contain a minimum of 300 words.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
Always telling the truth is the most important consideration in any relationship.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Don’t panic. Here are some tips to help.
Start With An Introduction
Your essay must start with an introduction, setting out the ideas you will be developing in the body of the text. Some useful sentences in the introduction are:
This essay will set out…
Here, I will be looking at…..
The idea I wish to develop here is…
Know How To Develop A Thesis
An essay isn’t a set of random sentences. It’s actually about developing an idea or thesis. To do this effectively in English you will need appropriate words. These are called connectors. They include:
For this reason,
With this in mind,
As a result,
Use Examples To Support The Thesis
Rather than making a set of statements, your thesis will be much better if you can support it with examples and evidence. You can introduce these by saying:
Evidence to support this idea is included in…
This is borne out by the fact that…
A great example of this idea is…
Pay Attention To Spelling And Punctuation
It’s wonderful to have a great idea for your essay, but don’t get so carried away with it you make a lot of spelling and punctuation mistakes. This will take away from the examiner’s impression of your work.
Don’t Overcomplicate Ideas or Grammar
It might be tempting to try to develop a complicated theory or idea in your essay but this would be a mistake. By keeping things simple you are less likely to make mistakes. Also, as they saying goes in English, less is more!
Just as an essay needs an introduction and main body, it also needs a conclusion where you sum up the ideas you developed in the texts. Words to lead up to a conclusion include:
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