TOEFL Essay Templates

These writing templates cover both the integrated and independent TOEFL tasks.  They have been proven to work most of the time. Note that we also have speaking templates.

Integrated Essay Template 

(see also the complete guide)

Paragraph One (Introduction)

  • The reading and the lecture are both about _____, which is/are _____.
  • The author of the reading believes ______.
  • The lecturer challenges the statements made by the author.
  • He/She is of the opinion that _____.

Paragraph Two (Body 1)

  • First of all, the author suggests that ______.
  • It is mentioned that _____.
  • This argument is challenged by the lecturer.
  • He says _______.
  • Furthermore, he argues that ______.

Paragraph Three (Body 2)

  • Secondly, the writer contends that _____.
  • The article notes _____.
  • The lecturer, however, rebuts this by asserting that _____.

Paragraph Four (Body 3)

  • Finally, it is stated in the article that ____.
  • The author establishes that _____.
  • The lecturer, on the other hand, posits that ____.
  • He puts forth the idea that ____.

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

Paragraph 1 (Introduction)

  • Sentence One: the "hook."  This is a single interesting sentence that introduces the general theme of the prompt without mentioning your main argument.
  • Sentence Two: the main point. State your main argument, beginning with “Personally, I believe that…
  • Sentence Three: the transition. Transition to the body with a line like “I feel this way for two main reasons, which I will explore in the following essay.”

Paragraph Two (Body 1)

  • A topic sentence. Something that states your first reason in support of your main idea, beginning with “First of all…
  • One or two explanatory sentences that give more information about your argument
  • A transitional sentence like “My own experience is a compelling example of this.”
  • A supporting example from your life, in three to six sentences.

Paragraph Three (Body 2)

  • A topic sentence. Something that states your second reason, beginning with “Secondly…
  • One or two sentences that give more information about your argument
  • A transition like "For instance,..."
  • A supporting example from your life, in three to six sentences.

Paragraph Four (conclusion)

  • Restate the main point using: "In conclusion, I believe that... MAIN POINT."
  • Quickly restate the two reasons using: "This is because REASON ONE, and REASON TWO."

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.