In the Writing section of the TOEFL exam, you will be asked to write responses in essay format, based on reading and listening tasks. You will listen to a recording and read a text, then you need to write freely in response to a question. The second part will ask you to write a personal opinion answer to a question. This is a tricky part of the test and you need to practice with tools that show you the format and offer you feedback on your writing sample.

On the official website, you can access free and paid tools to help you prepare:

TOEFL Writing Practice Materials and Practice Exams

1. Writing for an Academic Discussion Practice Questions

“Writing for an Academic Discussion” is a free practice test for TOEFL test takers. In this practice test, you can choose from any of the 27 questions listed. Once you select a question, it will open in a new browser where you can type in your answers. After you responded, you will receive an unofficial AI-generated score. After answering one question, you can choose another question from the list. Practice as much as you can as this will help you become more confident during the actual test.

2. Free Practice Tests

ETS provides free practice tests such as the TOEFL iBT® Free Practice Test. This is a full practice test from real past TOEFL test questions covering all four sections. We recommend downloading the file so you can practice during your spare time.

These will give you some response tips for the TOEFL Writing section which is useful guidance. You can view one set of questions online and you can then download more samples in PDF format.

3. Online Practice Tests

There are 4 full-length practice tests you can buy online, or you select the option of purchasing some value packs.

In the Writing Section of these tests, you will be replicating the exact same style of the question as you will see on exam day. You will respond to questions in the fields provided on your computer and an automatic scoring tool with then grade your response. It will assess and convert the two written passages into a scaled score just like the actual test will do.

This is a very good tool as you will get an assessment along the same lines as the real test.

4. Online Speaking and Writing Test

On the same website, you can get more practice by buying a TOEFL iBT Speaking and Writing Practice Test.

This one has two tasks, one based on an academic topic that you read and then an audio recording. You then have to write a response to a question based on these. The second task is a question based on your own knowledge and experience.

This TOEFL Writing Practice Exam is a scored test using an automatic scoring tool. The automatic tool is obviously not as accurate in assessing your essay as a human scorer but it has been calibrated to predict a human scorer’s assessment.

One positive feature of this automatic scoring is that you get a result right away, rather than have to wait a few days for a human scorer’s result.

5. E-Books

While this is not a practice test, using e-books is quite relevant for the writing exam as there are lots of tips and hints about scoring and what the examiners look for in your written response. The Official Guide book gives you the full scoring criteria for each section and can be bought as an e-book or in paperback format. The Official TOEFL iBT Tests e-books contain practice tests and sample writing responses so, while you cannot get your writing responses scored, you can still learn about what makes a good response by using the samples.

In addition to these resources available from ETS, here is a selection of practice materials available on the internet:

6. BestMyTest Writing Practice

BestMyTest offer free TOEFL writing practice test and some independent writing lessons. The website offers a 7-day free trial where you can access more than 100 Writing Mock Tests after which you can choose to pay for a subscription, which will depend on how much material you’ve used by that point.

7. Magoosh Blog and TOEFL Writing Practice

This is a paid website that has a wealth of resources to help you prepare for TOEFL. Not only does it provide TOEFL Writing practice tests, but there are also explanation videos and lesson videos to help improve your writing. You can also read their blog with useful tips and strategies.

8. English Club TOEFL Writing Practice Test

Here you get access to one integrated question and one independent one. For the integrated question, you have access to the written text as well as the audio recording, and you can then see a sample essay response. You may choose to practice writing your own before reading the response, so you can compare the two essays.

You also have access to a transcript of the audio file which may be useful for deepening your understanding.

For the independent question, they provide an example and a sample response too. Like the above, you might want to practice writing your answer before you read the response, and then compare the two. There is a useful checklist for your essay on this website as well.

9. TOEFL Resources

This website has several independent TOEFL essay samples to practice with, and you can do so before clicking through each question, which takes you to a page where they have written a sample response. So there are a lot of practice materials.

Some of these samples are based on the official TOEFL practice tests, so if you have bought those books/e-books, then you can use the sample answers to compare your own responses. Otherwise, this section may not be that useful to you.

There’s also a link to a Youtube channel with essays, explanations, and comments, which can be very useful too.


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