Although almost all of the available: Text-Books, Teachers, & Videos — refer to the two Tasks in The TOEFL Writing Section as “Questions”… They are not… They are “Tasks”. And — as with other terms used for this Exam — this is not very important.
There are only two Tasks in this entire Section. And just as The Reading & Listening Sections, were very similar to each other — so are the Speaking & Writing Sections.
(The So-Called “Integrated” Task)
The first Task in The Writing Section is almost like a longer version of The Speaking Section – “Combining Information” Task. You First: Read A Text — Second: Listen To A Lecture — Then: Write A Summary about The Information that was given in both Sources.
. Besides the Text & Audio being a bit longer — the only real difference between This “Integrated Task” and that of The “Combining Information” Task is that you have more time to formulate your Response — and, of course, you will Write it, instead of Speaking it.
(The So-Called “Independent” Task)
Just as the first Writing Task was simply a Written version of a Speaking Task — so too is this one. This (so-called) “Independent” Task is just a Written version of The Speaking Section – “Personal Preference” Task.
. You are presented with a Situation — and then asked to make a choice between two or three options about that Situation. You then have to state which options you would choose, and why — giving Reasons & Examples for your decision. The only difference (once again) being that you have more time to formulate your Response — and that you will Write it, instead of Speaking it.
(Now… Let’s Get Into It!!!)