How to Write a Perfect TOEFL Integrated Essay

Well, this is an old video that I made a few months ago, but I forgot to post it here on the blog.

The video demonstrates how to structure an integrated essay using the templates included on my site that I’ve been perfecting and modifying over the past few years.  It uses an example from the “Official Guide” to walk students through the process of crafting an excellent introduction and three good body paragraphs.

Check it out!  The method works.  Really!

New Video: How to write a high-scoring independent TOEFL essay

I’ve uploaded a new video!  Finally!

This one is all about how to write an independent essay that will score more than twenty-five points.  It is similar to my earlier video, but includes slightly more complex strategies for advanced students.

Let me know what you think.

Today’s Sample TOEFL Essay: People are Living Longer

Today’s sample essay is about reasons why people are living longer.  This is actually the second time I have answered this question, as I completely forgot that I had already written on the topic last year.  Whoops.

I’ll try to write a few more this week, but will be mainly focusing on getting a new video online.

What is an Average TOEFL Score?

An average TOEFL score is eighty points.

Or at least that is what my research indicates.  Today’s article summarizes average scores based on level of study, gender and mother tongue.  Let me know what you think.

Five New Sample TOEFL Essays

I’ve published five new sample essays since my last update.  The most recent essay is about whether is it better to learn with a teacher or to learn alone.  Enjoy!  Let me know if there are any topics you would like me to produce essays about.

Book Review: Cracking the TOEFL 2016

I’ve started another new series.  This one is book reviews of popular TOEFL textbooks.  First up is a review of “Cracking the TOEFL 2016” from Princeton Review.  Click the link for a complete review, but the short version is that it is a better-than-average book with lots of practice questions, but a few flaws in the integrated writing section.

TOEFL Requirements for CalTech

I’m a bit bored of writing sample essays, so my new series is about compiling the TOEFL requirements for popular universities.  In my experience, it is difficult to get all of this information in a centralized location, so perhaps some concise guides will help students out.  It is also necessary to simply contact some of the universities because their websites are fairly incomplete.

Today’s guide is all about CalTech.  Enjoy, engineers!

New Sample Essay: Why do People Visit Museums

Wow!  I’ve finally posted a new sample essay.   Sorry about not posting any of these lately.  I was busy traveling for all of October (and a bit of September) and quite busy.  I’m home now, so there should be a few more of these coming up.

Today’s question asks “why do people visit museums when they go somewhere new?”  Find it here.

How to Write a TOEFL Essay Introduction (Video)

A new video is online!

This one is all about how to begin your TOEFL essay with a great introductory paragraph.  It is similar to the video I made about how to write the complete independent essay, but it goes into more detail and provide some helpful tips and shortcuts.

I’ll try to make a video about writing good body paragraphs as soon as I can.

Most Common TOEFL Writing Mistakes

I just published an article listing what I think are the most common mistakes that students make when writing the independent (type 2) TOEFL essay.  I divided the list into mistakes made before, during and after the test.  Next week I’ll write about the most common mistakes made on the integrated (type 1) essay.  Let me know if you have any feedback!

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This blog complements TOEFL Resources, a collection of guides to the TOEFL iBT.

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