TOEFL, or Test of English As A Foreign Language, is a very popular admission test to college, degree and MBA courses in Singapore. The test measures the ability of a non-native English speaker to grasp spoken and written North American English.

In this article, Singapore TOEFL specialist ICON+ gives a quick tip on handling the writing task for TOEFL iBT.

The Integrated Writing Task will be probably a new ability you will have to develop. In that task, three skills will be tested at the same time, namely reading, listening and writing. You will have to elaborate, in writing, the similarities and differences between the reading passage and the lecturer’s viewpoint. In order to do this, you will need to understand the main topic of the reading passage and the speaker’s opinion. Clear comprehension of the points made both in the reading passage and the speaker’s lecture is necessary for successful task completion. Therefore, tons of practice with past years’ test papers is critical if you aim for a high score.

If despite numerous practices you still find this task challenging, joining a TOEFL preparation course can be helpful. An experienced instructor will immediately identify your weak areas and provide a game plan to help you achieve your target score.

Note: you should also have a look at this article, which discusses some very good preparation tips for the TOEFL reading section.