This page contains typical Practice
Writing Topics for TOEFL's Test of Written English (TWE). Examine the
questions first to get an insight into the types of questions asked for the TWE.
All questions (1) pose a question, (2) ask an opinion, and (3) require support. To get a
good TWE score, practice writing organized responses to these prompts.
Then, practice writing organized timed
responses as well. The KEY to an excellent TWE score is to focus first on
organization. With excellent organizational techniques firmly in
place, the writer's specific response to the specific TWE prompt will be much
easier to manage.
After becoming familiar with the questions below, and after
writing outlines of your response(s), please visit
this page which contains ten timed practice TWE questions.
Practice writing these essays as though you were in a real TWE test taking
|When choosing a
place to live, what do you consider most important: location, size,
style, number of rooms, types of rooms, or other features? Use reasons
and specific examples to support your answer.
||Films can tell us a
lot about the country in which they were made. What have you learned
about a country from watching its movies? Use specific examples and
details to support your response.
developments in communication and transportation, countries are becoming more
and more alike. How is your country becoming more similar to other
places in the world? Use specific examples and details to support your
colleges or universities for many different reasons (for example, new
experiences, career preparation, increased knowledge). Why do you think
people attend colleges? Use specific reasons and examples to support
|If you could change
one important thing about your hometown, what would you change? Use
reasons and specific examples to support your answer.
||If you had the time
and money to invent something new, what product would you develop? Use
specific details to explain why this product is needed.
|Some people say
that physical exercise should be a required part of every school day.
Other people believe that students should spend the whole school day on
academic studies. Which opinion do you agree with. Give reasons
to support your answer.
||Some people prefer
to eat at food stands or restaurants. Other people prefer to prepare
and eat the food at home. Which do you prefer? Use specific
reasons and examples to support your answer.
|Some high schools
require all students to wear school uniforms. Other high schools
permit students to decide what to wear to school. Which of these two
school policies do you think is better? Use specific reasons and
examples to support your opinion.
||If you could make
one important change in a school that you attended, what change would you
make? Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer.
|Your school has
received a gift of money. What do you think is the best way for your
school to spend this money? Use specific reasons and details to
support your choice.
||It has been said,
"Not everything that is learned is contained in books." Compare and
contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books.
In your opinion, which source is more important? Why?