Write or Not To Write?

Every time you work on the integrated writing task, you may wonder whether you should include this particular detail or not.  This is because you well understand that this should be a summary. This section asks you to summarize what you have heard.

However, the definite answer to this question is that you should include it. In fact, you should include as many details and as many examples as possible in your response.

ETS takes the word “summary” differently than we do. As far as the TOEFL is concerned, you are not required to actually write a summary; instead you’re supposed to write everything that you have read in the reading passage and heard from the lecture. This is how you can get a perfect score even if you don’t have enough skill to summarize the story.

So write or not to write? The answer is obvious. That is why a response worth five points is just as long as 280 words to even 300 words, although on your computer screen you will see an ideal response is 150 to 225 words.

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