Tips for the TOEFL Writing Section

1. Use present tense

For facts and observations

Cars are essential for life in the U.S. Most people can benefit from higher education.


I think (that) . . .

I believe (that) . . .

In my opinion . . .

2. Use past tense

To describe previous experiences

When I was in high school, . . .

My brother worked in a factory.

3. Use modals correctly

Guns should be banned from campus.

Cars can cause serious problems.

4. Check S - V relationship

Most of the people who live in Utah need cars for their everyday lives.

I lived on campus, and it was easy to get around without a car.

5. Check plurals and articles

Cars are important to most Americans.

The used car I bought was a bad investment.

6. Give details and examples to support your opinions

When I moved off campus, I had to buy a car. Whenever I left my house to go shopping or run errands, I had to travel a great distance. My car was the only means of transportation because I lived too far from the bus stop.