Sunday, March 30, 2008

WRTING: Preparing Students for the TWE

The Test of Written English (TWE) is a required part of the Computer-Based TOEFL. Students must compose an essay in thirty minutes. This demonstrates their academic writing proficiency in the following:

  1. Generating and organizing ideas on paper.
  2. Supporting those ideas with evidence or examples.
  3. Using the conventions of standard written English.
TWE test results help institutions evaluate your students' academic writing proficiency and place them in the appropriate writing courses.

What is the TWE? explains the TWE, its function, how it is scored, and sample essays.

In general, model TOEFL essays concentrate on: Suitable word usage; Content; Organization; Examples / Evidence; Formal writing style; Correct grammar and Sentence variety. The best way to prepare for any writing test is by writing. Here are some sites to help you prepare yout students for the TWE.

Two sites, Findscore and GetToefl (computer scored), offer free essay scoring, which should help teachers with oversize classes assign more writing. Findscore's offer of free scoring by human readers sounds too good to be true, so it might be. Take care not to agree to hidden charges.

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