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.