TOEFL Independent Writing Questions 2022

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TOEFL Independent Writing Questions 2022

The page is an online resource to help students prepare TOEFL independent writing, a short academic essay of around 300 words. In addition to collecting recent TOEFL essay questions and topics, we also link some of them with sample answers.

These writing questions are from test-takers and other public resources. It's a short list but is maintained weekly. This page only keeps the latest 20 questions, and we moved the early ones to there:

  2022-04-09: EssayNo. 1
Teachers of young children at a primary school are considering making one significant change to better support their student's educational and social development (aged 6-10). Encourage students to ask questions in class more frequently than they do now; have students work together in pairs or small groups more regularly than they do now; Meet with each student’s parents more frequently than they do now. Which one of the following changes do you think is the most important for the teachers to make and why?
Keywords: student
Type: Preference
Tested on:
2022-04-09
  2022-04-06: EssayNo. 2
Should college students, regardless of their majors, be required to take a course about the culture of another country?
Keywords: student
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-04-06
2019-12-14
  2022-04-03: EssayNo. 3
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? You are getting advice from friends older than you is more valuable than friends your same age.
Keywords: event
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-04-03
  2022-03-26: EssayNo. 4
During big events such as graduation and weddings, some students think they need to take numerous photos and a lot of videos, and others think they need to take a few or no videos and pictures. Which choice or decision do you prefer?
Keywords: event
Type: Preference
Tested on:
2022-03-26
  2022-03-16: EssayNo. 5
Imagine that you are considering taking action to improve your performance to get better grades (marks) at school or get a promotion and higher pay at work: Doing additional work or extra assignments beyond what is required; Participating more actively and contributing your ideas more frequently in group discussions. Which one of these two actions do you think would be more helpful for improving your performance? Why?
Keywords: performance
Type: Preference
Tested on:
2022-03-16
  2022-03-12: EssayNo. 6
Do you prefer taking a compulsory course with a popular professor or a professor who has won many academic rewards?
Keywords: university
Type: Preference
Tested on:
2022-03-12
  2022-03-06: EssayNo. 7
Does job-sharing benefit workers? Job sharing is a type of part-time employment in which two part-time workers can share one position; that is, the two people share one job's work, hours, and pay. Job sharing opens more opportunities to people who have other responsibilities, such as taking care of their children or studying and need flexible working hours. Do you agree or disagree that job sharing is good for workers? Why?
Keywords: job
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-03-06
  2022-03-05: EssayNo. 8
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Teachers should give primary school students (aged5-10) no more than 30 minutes' homework because they've already got enough instructions from school in the days.
Keywords: education
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2022-03-05
  2022-03-03: EssayNo. 9
The government wants to encourage people to travel. Some people think that everyone should have a private car, provide lower oil prices, and build more roads, while others believe more public transportation should be invested and more routes built. Which opinion do you agree with and why?
Keywords: travel
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2022-03-03
  2022-02-20: EssayNo. 10
Who do you listen to when you buy a computer or a car? Friends and classmates; Find information on the Internet by yourself; Make direct judgments based on the information you know; Listen to the salesman's introduction.
Keywords: car; computer
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2022-02-20
  2022-02-20: EssayNo. 11
Your university will spend money on dormitories to improve the life quality of students. Which of the following do you think is the best way? Providing a room for quiet study; Building an exercise room; Providing an entertainment place ( watch films).
Keywords: university
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2022-02-20
  2022-02-19: EssayNo. 12
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Young students should not be focused in class for more than one hour.
Keywords: school
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-02-19
  2022-01-22: EssayNo. 13
Which one of the following do you think is the best way to enhance friendship? Share happiness with friends or communicate with friends.
Keywords: friendship
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2022-01-22
  2022-01-19: EssayNo. 14
When some children choose a major, they choose arts, but their parents want them to choose science. Therefore, students should freely choose their majors and not receive parental intervention.
Keywords: student
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-01-19
  2022-01-08: EssayNo. 15
Which way will make the work more efficient? Quiet environment; Complete with rewards; Do interesting things.
Keywords: work
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2022-01-08
  2022-01-08: EssayNo. 16
Which way do you think is the most effective way for a school to reduce the phenomenon of cheating on exams? Increase punishment for cheating; Ask parents to monitor their children; Ask teachers to create other exam situations in which students can hardly cheat.
Keywords: school
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2022-01-08
  2022-01-05: EssayNo. 17
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The most important goal of education is to teach people how to educate themselves.
Keywords: education
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-01-05
  2021-12-22: EssayNo. 18
How would you choose a student leader in the university? Reading the school newspaper to know the view of the student; Listening to the students (e.g., speeches or interviews); Getting the recommendation from the teachers who teach the students.
Keywords: leadership
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-12-22
2021-09-18
  2021-12-19: EssayNo. 19
Because the use of technology such as computers in classrooms for young students (age 6-12) has led to many improvements in learning, some people believe that there should be no limits on the number of hours that young students spend using technology during the school day. Others believe that should be limited to one hour or less daily. Which view do you support and why?
Keywords: technology
Type: Preference
Tested on:
2021-12-19
  2021-12-18: EssayNo. 20
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Competition among friends usually hurts friendship.
Keywords: friends
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-12-18
  2021-11-28: EssayNo. 21
Today, many employers are looking for various sources of information to understand job applicants better. Which is the best way for the employers to better know the situation of a job applicant? Contacting previous employers; checking the job applicant's profile on the social platform; one month's probation.
Keywords: employment
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-11-28
2021-02-28
  2021-11-21: EssayNo. 22
Traditions are defined as customary or established ways of doing things in a family, community, or culture. Some people believe that it is important to follow traditions even when those traditions conflict with or are quite different from their own individual preferences. Other people believe that individual preferences are more important than traditions. Which view do you agree with, and why?
Keywords: tradition
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-11-21
  2021-11-20: EssayNo. 23
At one high school, more of its students have been caught cheating on their homework assignments than ever before. The school is considering making a change to help decrease the number of students who cheat on homework. Which ONE of the following actions do you think will be most effective, and why? Asking parents to monitor their children as they do their homework and confirm that their children have not cheated; Increasing the penalty (punishment) for cheating; Asking teachers to create homework assignments that will make it more difficult for students to cheat.
Keywords: school
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-11-20
  2021-11-17: EssayNo. 24
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The consumption of foods and drinks high in salt and sugar causes harm to people's future health, so government should tax these foods to reduce their sales.
Keywords: health
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-11-17
2021-01-20
  2021-11-14: EssayNo. 25
Doing which activity do You think can help you to strengthen the friendship between you and your friend? Have a good time together with your friend; Solve your friend's problem with him or her.
Keywords: friendship
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-11-14
  2021-11-06: EssayNo. 26
Some people believe that it is an important part of a child's education to go on field trips(such as museums). Others think that children should spend time learning in a classroom at school. Which view do you agree with?
Keywords: education
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-11-06
  2021-10-30: EssayNo. 27
A university recognized that first-year students have poor study skills and believed that the best way to address this problem is to require all first-year students to take courses on study skills, while others don't agree with this requirement. What is your opinion?
Keywords: education
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-10-30
  2021-10-24: EssayNo. 28
Your friend wants to eat healthy, which of the following three suggestions is better? Be more disciplined and have a stronger will; Work with people who share the same goals; Consult a professional expert.
Keywords: health
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-10-24
  2021-10-23: EssayNo. 29
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is better for older people to take risks and explore new things than younger people.
Keywords: older people
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-10-23
  2021-08-21: EssayNo. 30
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In twenty years there will be fewer cars in use than there are today.
Keywords: environment; technology
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-08-21
  2021-08-15: EssayNo. 31
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People today spend too much time on personal enjoyment, and not enough time on more serious duties and obligations.
Keywords: life
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-08-15
  2021-07-14: EssayNo. 32
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? These days, children spend more time doing homework or participating in organized activities related to school or sports. However, they should be given more time to do whatever they want.
Keywords: child
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-07-14
  2021-07-10: EssayNo. 33
If your friends want to change their lifestyle to achieve a positive lifestyle, which of the following suggestions would you recommend? 1. Be more disciplined and have a stronger will; 2. Work with people who share the same goals; 3. Consult a professional expert (a doctor, a nutritionist, or psychologist)
Keywords: lifestyle
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-07-10
  2021-07-10: EssayNo. 34
Imagine that you have been allowed to advise the government of a city or region (area) that you are familiar with to spend more money on ONE thing to benefit the city or region. Which ONE of these do you believe would be the most beneficial for the city or region? Why? 1. Providing more affordable housing; 2. Reducing air and water pollution ; 3. Attracting new businesses to the city or region
Keywords: money; government
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-07-10
  2021-07-04: EssayNo. 35
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students are more interested in politics today than they were in the past.
Keywords: society
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-07-04
  2021-07-03: EssayNo. 36
Which one of the following do you think is the best way to get to know a city in a limited amount of time when you first visit it? Touring historic sites; going to markets or shops; eating in restaurants or spending time in cafes.
Keywords: travel
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-07-03
2021-01-16
  2021-06-19: EssayNo. 37
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In order to solve the problems of the present and future, it is necessary to understand the past.
Keywords: legacy
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-06-19
2018-07-22
  2021-06-05: EssayNo. 38
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is better to use your own knowledge and experience to solve problems than to ask other people for advice.
Keywords: advice
Type: Preference
Tested on:
2021-06-05
  2021-05-26: EssayNo. 39
Some charitable organizations allow people who give money to charity to choose how their donations will be used. If you were to give money to charity, would you prefer to choose how your donation is going to be used, or do you think it is more effective to leave that decision to the organization? Why?
Keywords: school
Type: Preference
Tested on:
2021-05-26
2019-12-01
  2021-05-22: EssayNo. 40
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Improving schools is the most important factor for the successful development of a country.
Keywords: school
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-05-22