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5 Tips to Write a Better Essay

Jun 13, 2017

Congratulations! You are studying hard and are on your way to doing your best on the TOEFL® test. For some test takers, the writing portion can be a challenging part of their journey. Here are 5 tips to help you be ready to write on test day!

1.Brainstorm

Before you start writing, take a minute to organize your thoughts. Write down important points that you want to make in your essay. This will help keep your essay organized. 

2.Write a Thesis

A thesis is the main idea or argument that guides an essay. The thesis sets up what the reader can expect to learn from your essay. In just one sentence, it explains how you plan to answer the prompt. 

3.Think Quality Over Quantity

If your essay is too long, you may run the risk of losing track of the question that you should be answering. A few well-written and organized paragraphs that answer the question and showcase your command of language may score better than pages and pages of writing.  

4.Proofread

Leave enough time to read over what you wrote. Make sure you look for any spelling or grammar errors that you might have missed while writing. 

5.Keep Practicing!

Practice timed essay writing with sample test questions before test day. With a little practice, you may not feel as pressured by the clock on test day.

Looking for other ways to prepare? Practice for free with our TOEFL iBT® Test Prep Planner or our free TOEFL iBT® Interactive Sampler.