The TOEFL has two essays and each essay is scored out of 5. Both scores are then added up and converted to a scaled score that is out of 30.
The first essay that you write is the integrated essay. This essay tests your ability to integrate two different opinions and ideas about the same topic. This essay does NOT test your ability to choose the best opinion of the two presented. The trick is to hold these two ideas in your head at the same time and weigh them both equally in your writing.
Procedure and Format:
First a reading passage will appear on the screen and you will have 3 minutes to read and take notes. The passage will present 3 different points related to the topic. Your notes should look like this.
- FIRST POINT
- SECOND POINT
- THIRD POINT