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:
- Generating and organizing ideas on paper.
- Supporting those ideas with evidence or examples.
- Using the conventions of standard written English.
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.
- Argument & Opinion Essay Writing
- TWE Topics
- Findscore Online Writing Practice
- Practice your TOEFL essay, computer scored in real time.
- Writing Argumentative Essays
- Basic Guide to Essay Writing
- The Five Paragraph Essay Wizard
- Structure of the Five Paragraph Essay
- Five Paragraph Essay Sample, with comments and outline form
- How to write Simple English, from "Simple Wikepedia" (a good source for reading practice)
- ESL Writing Links