TOEFL® Essentials™ Writing Section
The TOEFL® Essentials™ Writing section measures your ability to write, review and edit texts in English for different communication purposes, such as emails and online discussions.
There are 15 to 19 Build a Sentence questions and 2 writing tasks. The section takes 24–30 minutes to complete.
- Build a Sentence
View a sentence with words or phrases in the wrong order and move them to form a grammatically correct sentence.
- Write an Email
Write an email for a specific purpose — for example, making a recommendation, extending an invitation or proposing a solution to a problem.
- Describe a Photo
Write a social media post about a photo. Describe the photo to your social media friends.
- Write for an Academic Discussion
State and support an opinion on a given topic in an online class discussion forum.
Your test will include the Describe a Photo task or the Write for an Academic Discussion task, but not both.
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Learn about the types of questions you’ll find in the Writing section of the TOEFL Essentials test.
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