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Archive for October, 2010

TOEFL Independent Writing Task – Changes the 21st century will bring

#178 РThe 21st century has begun. What changes do you think this new century will bring? Use examples and details in your answer. 

Useful Writing files

Do you know what some of the most common mistakes in writing are? Take a look at this file:


And while you’re at it, look at some errors in a composition done by a student:


What type of errors do you usually make in writing? How do you think you can stop making them?

TOEFL Independent Writing Task – Qualities of a good parent

#179 What are some of the qualities of good parent? Use specific details and examples to explain your answer.


  • Specify how many qualities you are going to talk about
  • Talk about one quality per paragraph
  • When giving examples, explain¬†how the example is connected to the quality

Reading mini-practice test

Click on the file below to do the reading activity. Note: the file is in powerpoint form, so the best way to read the texts is to view the file in presentation or full screen mode.

TOEFL Reading Sample exercise 2006

You should take no longer than 20 minutes to do this task.

After you have finished, check the answers here:

TOEFL Reading Sample exercise 2006 answer key

How did you do? How easy/difficult was the task?

TOEFL Independent Writing Task – The need for land

#181 In your country, is there more need for land to be left in its natural condition or is there more need for land to be developed for housing and industry? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.