How to Prepare for the TOEFL Essay

How to Prepare for the TOEFL Essay manual offers solid preparation, with instructions for organizing details and ideas for a topic, then developing them in clear, grammatical written English.

How to Prepare for the TOEFL Essay

There are three stages in creating an essay:

  • Planning,
  • Writing,
  • And revising.

When you write the TOEFL essay, you will have only thirty minutes to do all of this. In that short, thirty minutes, your writing must make an impression. Your writing must be clear, coherent, and correct. This book will help you do that.

How to Prepare for the TOEFL Essay, 2nd Edition provides a step-by-step guide for planning, writing, and revising your essay

Plan

This book will help you plan your essay.You will learn how to:

  • Understand the essay topic,
  • Write a thesis statement, and
  • organize your thoughts with concept maps.

You also must have a plan for studying. Start with the first chapter of this book. Do every activity on every page until you reach the end. Follow the sequence of the book. When you write an essay, you start with the first word of the first sentence and end with the last word of the conclusion.

Study this book the same way. Begin at the beginning and work your way through the book. You will need to measure your success. The answer key in the back of the book will tell you how well you are doing.

At the end of each chapter, there are Free Practice activities that ask you to write something on your own. There is, of course, no answer key for these activities. Share your writing with friends or teachers. They will tell you how well you are doing.

Write

This book will help you write your essay. You will learn how to:

  • State opinions, write topic statements,
  • Write supporting details,
  • Write a conclusion, and
  • Use syntactic and semantic variety in your essay.

Revise

This book will help you revise your essay. You will learn how to :

  • correct sentence fragments,
  • correct run-on sentences,
  • combine clauses and modifiers, and
  • use correct punctuation.

Final Note:

Study the model essays carefully. Analyze them completely. Do NOT memorize them. Your essay will not be scored if it matches an essay in this book. Your essay on the TOEFL must be your OWN original essay.




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