The TOEIC Writing Section will test your ability to convey information in written form, while using grammar and syntax correctly in order to synthesize your response to a given prompt.

The writing part of the TOEIC exam is divided into 3 tasks:

  • Writing a sentence based on a picture
  • Responding to a written request
  • Writing an opinion essay

Below are some general tips to help you prepare for the TOEIC writing section of the exam and achieve success on test day.


How to Succeed on the TOEIC Writing Section


  • Ask a qualified native speaker for their help. An easy way to do this is to write short essays on websites such as Italki (they call it a Notebook entry) and ask native speakers to correct you.


  • Organize your plans and ideas before writing. Write a coherent outline with the main ideas of your response to the prompt before you begin writing your essay on the exam sheet.


  • Know the kind of questions that will be asked. Check some TOEIC sample questions before you take the exam. When taking the test, pay attention to the question’s details to ensure you will answer it correctly.


  • Keep it simple. Only use words that you fully understand, and don’t use idioms or vocabulary that you have never used before.


  • Pay attention to the time limit on each question. Before you take the exam, practice with a timer to get an idea of how much time it may take you to fully write down what is on your mind.



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