TOEFL Essay Templates

Essay templates can help you to master both of the TOEFL Writing tasks.  To write a strong TOEFL  essay just fill in the blanks with the required information from your notes (in the integrated task) or from your experiences (the independent task). Note that we also have speaking templates.

Integrated Essay Template 

(see also the complete guide)

The Introduction

  • The reading and the lecture are both about _____.
  • The author of the reading feels that ______.
  • The lecturer challenges the claims made by the author.
  • He is of the opinion that _____.

The Body Paragraphs

  • To begin with, the author argues that _____.
  • The article mentions that ____.
  • This specific argument is challenged by the lecturer.
  • He claims ____.
  • Additionally, he says ______.

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  • Secondly, the writer suggests ______.
  • In the article, it is said that _____.
  • The lecturer, however, rebuts this by mentioning ______.
  • He elaborates on this by bringing up the point that ______.

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  • Finally, the author posits that _____.
  • Moreover, it is stated in the article that ____.
  • In contrast, the lecturer's position is  _____.
  • He notes that _____.

Note that you don't need to write a conclusion.

Your integrated essay should be about 280-300 words in length.  Do not include a conclusion.  To see this template in use, check out my collection of sample essays.

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Independent Essay Template

(see also the complete guide)

Paragraph 1 (Introduction)

  • Sentence One: The “Hook”
    This is an interesting sentence that introduces the general theme or topic of the essay.
  • Sentence Two: The Main Point
    This is your main argument and direct answer to the question. Start with "Personally, I believe ______."
  • Sentence Three: The Transition
    Just say: "I feel this way for two reasons, which I will explore in the following essay."

Paragraph Two (Body 1)

  • Sentence One: A Topic Sentence
    This summarizes your first supporting reason. Begin with "First of all ____".
  • Sentences Two to Four: The Explanation
    Explain what you mean, without talking directly about personal experience. Shorten if necessary.
  • Sentence Five: The Transition
    Just use: "My personal experience is a compelling example of this."
  • Sentence Six to End: The Personal Example
    An example from your life that illustrates this argument. Make it longer that the explanation part.

Paragraph Three (Body 2)

  • Sentence One: A Topic Sentence
    This summarizes your second supporting reason. Begin with "Secondly ___".
  • Sentences Two to Four: The Explanation
    Explain what you mean, without talking directly about personal experience. Shorten if necessary.
  • Sentence Five: The Transition
    Just use: "For instance, ____"
  • Sentence Six to End: The Personal Example
    An example from your life (or someone else's life) that illustrates this argument. Make it longer that the explanation part.

Paragraph Four (conclusion)

  • Sentence One: Restate the Thesis
    Paraphrase your thesis. Begin with "In conclusion, I am of the opinion that...".
  • Sentence Two: Restate the Two Reasons
    Just use: "This is because ______, and _______."

Your whole essay should be between 380 and 400 words. See this template in action by visiting our collection of sample essays.

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More Templates

Now that you've mastered the TOEFL essays, you might want to check out our speaking templates.