Although a lot of text-books, teachers, and 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, but if you haven’t noticed already — we are about TOEFL “Excellence”… Not TOEFL “Good Enough”. 😎
. There are only two Tasks in this entire Section. And just as The Reading & Listening Sections, were very similar — so are te Speaking & Writing Sections.
(The So-Called “Integrated” Task)
The first Task in The Writing Section is almost like a longer version of Speaking Section – Task Four. 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 Speaking Section – Task Four, is that you have more time to formulate your answer, and 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 – Task Two.
. You are asked to make a choice between two things (Ideas, Topics, Opinions), and to state which one you choose, and why — giving reasons & examples for your decision. The only difference (once again) being that you have more time to formulate your answer, and you will write it, instead of speaking it.
(Now… Let’s Get Into It!!!)