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Sample TOEFL Writing Exercises for the Independent

Essay

1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?


It is better to make mistakes when learning a new skill, so you can learn from the
errors.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Good friends should have varied interests and personalities, instead of having
similar tastes.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

3. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Team sports do more harm than good by creating unnecessary fighting between
teams and their fans.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

4. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Important decisions should only be made with measurable data clearly supporting
the decision.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

5. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Frequent communication is the most important part of working well with peers on a
shared task.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
6. Some companies talk to their customers very formally, while others use a more
informal or conversational style. Which type of communication do you think is
better? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

7. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Colleges and universities have the responsibility to give their students options for
clubs and activities outside of classes.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

8. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Colleges and universities should make all lectures open to the public for free,
including people who are not planning to graduate with a degree.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

9. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

As the internet becomes increasingly more important in daily life, writing skills
become more important to teach in schools.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

10. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

It is important for children to do puzzles and play games in order to learn new ways
of thinking.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

11. Some parents give their children a small amount of money regularly to be spent
as the children choose. Other parents hold the money, and only allow the children
make purchases with parental approval. Which do you think is better, and why?
Explain your reasoning with specific examples.
12. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Changing schools is emotionally difficult for children, and so it should be avoided if


possible.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

13. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Because technology changes so quickly, it is better to only spend money on new


technology rarely, in order to avoid spending money on new technology that will
soon be outdated.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

14. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Art museums should not be funded by governments, because they are not helpful
for or desired by the large part of the population who take no interest in visual arts.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

15. When in a new location, some people prefer to fill their days with sightseeing
activities, while others prefer to explore with less planning. Which do you prefer?
Use reasons and examples to support your answer.