Practice Writing with a Prompt
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Practice Writing with a Prompt

Aug 29, 2017

A great way to prepare for the Independent Writing task on the TOEFL® test is to respond to practice prompts. It is important to remember that the Independent Writing tasks will ask for your opinion. For example, questions may follow one of these formats:

  • Do you agree or disagree?
  • Which would you prefer?
  • Do you support or oppose this idea?


Now that you have seen some of the types of questions you may encounter, it may be helpful to take a few steps to develop your response before you start writing. You might like to try:


  • Making an outline
  • Listing specific examples that back up your argument
  • Taking a look at the official TOEFL® scoring guide


If you are ready to get started, use the following prompt and start practicing! Read the statement and write down your response in English. After you have finished, remember to reread your response for clarity and to check for any misspellings or grammar mistakes you might have made.


“Some people like to travel with a companion. Other people prefer to travel alone. Which do you prefer?”

For more practice, tips, and resources for the Independent Writing section, read about Improving Your Writing Skills and watch the Inside the TOEFL® test video on Writing Question 2.