TOEFL Independent Writing Questions 2022

 By Alina Mygou

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 maintained weekly. This page just keeps the latest 20 questions, the early ones are moved to there:

  2021-12-19: EssayNo. 1
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. 2
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. 3
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. 4
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. 5
At one high school, more of its students than ever before have been caught cheating on their homework assignments. 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. 6
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. 7
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. 8
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. 9
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. 10
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. 11
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
  2021-09-18: EssayNo. 12
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:
2021-09-18
  2021-08-21: EssayNo. 13
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. 14
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. 15
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. 16
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. 17
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. 18
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. 19
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. 20
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. 21
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. 22
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. 23
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
  2021-05-08: EssayNo. 25
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is better to travel abroad to visit different countries when you are younger rather than when you are older.
Keywords: travel
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-05-08
  2021-04-25: EssayNo. 26
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Scientists should be responsible for the negative effects of their discoveries.
Keywords: science
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-04-25
  2021-04-24: EssayNo. 27
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Getting advice from friends who are older than you is more valuable than getting advice from friends your same age.
Keywords: advice
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-04-24
  2021-04-21: EssayNo. 28
Many students starting university must choose a major(main field of study at university), and parents of these students often give them advice about which major to choose. Some parents tell students to choose the major that most interests the students. Other parents tell students that it is best to choose a major that will lead to a job with a high salary, even if that major may not be the one that interests the students most. Which approach do you believe is better, and why?
Keywords: advice
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-04-21
  2021-04-10: EssayNo. 29
Your friend is going to reduce living expenses, what of the following way would you recommend to your friend and why? Find a roommate or housemate to share the living expenses; buy some technology products(like the latest mobile phone) less frequently; shop for less expensive food to cook at home or go to the restaurant less frequently.
Keywords: life
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-04-10
  2021-03-27: EssayNo. 30
Which one of the following values is the most important to share with a young child(5-10 years old)? Being helpful; being honest; being well organized.
Keywords: child
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-03-27
  2021-03-21: EssayNo. 31
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Movies are worth watching only when they teach people things about real life.
Keywords: movie
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-03-21
  2021-03-14: EssayNo. 32
Nowadays, it is said that government should give financial support to people. However, people often argue about which group the government should give support to. Which of the following groups do you think is the most important for the government to support? Older people who no longer work(eg. those who are more than 70 years old ); young families with small children; workers who have recently lost their jobs.
Keywords: government
Type: Preference
Tested on:
2021-03-14
  2021-03-13: EssayNo. 33
Do you agree with the following statement? Nowadays, it's easier to maintain good health than it was in the past. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Keywords: health
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-03-13
  2021-03-06: EssayNo. 34
Do you agree with the following statement? To succeed in school or work, the ability to adapt to changing conditions or circumstances is more important than excellent knowledge in a job or a field of study.
Keywords: success
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-03-06
  2021-02-27: EssayNo. 35
Do you agree with the following statement? It is important to make sure that others know about your strengths and accomplishments, if you are not so, you will be never successful in life. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Keywords: success
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-02-27
  2021-01-31: EssayNo. 36
Do you agree with the following statement? People are obsessed with buying or acquiring material things (such as expensive clothes, cars) because people judge others by what they possess.
Keywords: success
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-01-31
2018-07-28
  2021-01-30: EssayNo. 37
As a leader in a group of more than three people, which of the following do you think is the most important quality when choosing your teammates?
Keywords: leadership
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-01-30
  2021-01-10: EssayNo. 38
Some people think that if companies prohibit sending emails to staff on weekends or during other times out of office hours, staff dissatisfaction with their companies will decrease. Others think that will not reduce the overall dissatisfaction among staff. What is your opinion and why?
Keywords: business
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2021-01-10
  2021-01-09: EssayNo. 39
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Governments should not provide financial support to artists (like painters, writers, musicians, etc) because arts do not improve people's life. Instead, they should let artists support themselves.
Keywords: government; art
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2021-01-09
  2020-12-20: EssayNo. 40
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The only effective way for the government to encourage energy conservation is to increase the price of gasoline and electricity.
Keywords: environment
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2020-12-20