You should take notes while listening since the talk will only be heard once.Keep your headphones on as you will hear and see the question.The whole point of this task is to be able to use information from both the listening and reading passages.
Don't think that writing lots will get you a better grade than a shorter essay.
If it has many spelling errors, has bad sentence structure, has poor grammar, goes off topic, doesn't express your thoughts clearly or doesn't give examples that support your reasons, you'll still bomb.
The last paragraph should restate your view and summarize the reasons you gave to support it.
The three main factors that are used to grade this essay are development, organization and language use.
Sometimes what you hear in the talk will go against what you have read rather than expanding and strengthening upon the topic.
Do NOT rely heavily on the reading passage to form your response.Summarize the points made in the talk you just heard, explaining how they differ from the points made in the reading.For the second writing question, you are expected to write an essay based on your own personal experience and ideas.The TOEFL test Writing section isn't as challenging as writing a term paper, but you definitely have to prove you know how to write a few paragraphs using proper grammar, and how to get your point across clearly and convincingly. 50 minutes is the total time allowed to complete the Writing section. Your total score is then scaled to a value out of 30.For a decent score you must get at least 4 out of 5 for both writing tasks.The only way you'll get scores of 4 or 5 is to practice your writing skills.However, you aren't expected to write a perfect essay for these 2 tasks as the amount of time given just doesn't allow it.Do you use the same words over and over or have variety? Below is a guideline of what grade to expect for an essay for each of the 2 writing questions.TOEFL Writing Grades: Writing question 1 is similar to the second question of the second format in the Speaking section.What score you get from 0-5 for your writing responses is based on a variety of factors: language use, organization, clarity, and development. Do you use more than one kind of sentence strucure? It should be easy to understand, not confuse the grader to death.Language use means how well you can use grammar and vocabulary. Or are your sentences all basic like, "The banana in the basket is green." Development refers to how well you answered the question. Your essay should provide reasons – more than one – with details or examples to support the reasons you give.