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:

  2022-07-06: EssayNo. 1
Some believe that showing people happy pictures (pictures in which outstanding achievements are made in helping the poor) is more effective in encouraging them to take action to solve poverty than sad pictures ( that show how hard life can be for the poor). Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Keywords: picture
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-07-06
  2022-06-26: EssayNo. 2
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In modem times, parents learn more from their children than children learn from their parents.
Keywords: children
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-06-26
2019-08-03
  2022-06-15: EssayNo. 3
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? All university students should be required to take general science courses even if it is not part of their study field.
Keywords: university
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-06-15
2020-01-31
  2022-06-15: EssayNo. 4
Some people think classic movies or TV shows have greater value, while others believe new films are more enjoyable. Which one do you agree with?
Keywords: movie
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-06-15
  2022-06-11: EssayNo. 5
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The government should make it possible for all children to attend preschool(early childhood education programs for three-year-old children, for example) at no cost to the children’s families.
Keywords: government
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-06-11
  2022-06-04: EssayNo. 6
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Because today's world is so busy and crowded, we should not expect people to be polite to one another.
Keywords: friendship
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-06-04
  2022-05-25: EssayNo. 7
What do you think is most important to a lasting friendship? The other party can help; they have the same interests and worldviews about what matters; they trust each other.
Keywords: friendship
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2022-05-25
  2022-05-21: EssayNo. 8
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People should take time to relax with hobbies or physical activities that are very different from what they do at work.
Keywords: life-style
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-05-21
2018-03-24
  2022-05-18: EssayNo. 9
Nowadays people prefer to shop in large supermarkets rather than nearby local shops. Why do you think this is happening? Is this a positive or a negative trend?
Keywords: shopping
Type: Cause; If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2022-05-18
  2022-05-14: EssayNo. 10
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Primary schools should spend more time teaching young students (5-11 years old) technology (like computers) than teaching them music and art.
Keywords: technology
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-05-14
  2022-05-04: EssayNo. 11
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In the Industrial Age, many developed countries aimed for more significant economic growth every generation. While they are making considerable progress, the setbacks cannot be eliminated. Economic development shares a close relationship with environmental protection, and in the long run, the latter reflects more importance.
Keywords: economic
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-05-04
  2022-05-03: EssayNo. 12
Some people say that we should always follow our dreams, even if the dreams are very ambitious. Others think that we should focus on achieving realistic goals. Which view do you agree with?
Keywords: opinion
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-05-03
  2022-04-30: EssayNo. 13
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People think people are spending too much money on their pets these days and that money could be put to better use.
Keywords: animal
Type: Agree & Disagree
Tested on:
2022-04-30
  2022-04-23: EssayNo. 14
Are domestic movies and TV shows more interesting or foreign movies and TV shows?
Keywords: movie
Type: If / Imaginary
Tested on:
2022-04-23
  2022-04-09: EssayNo. 15
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. 16
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. 17
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. 18
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. 19
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. 20
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. 21
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. 22
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. 23
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. 24
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. 25
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. 26
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. 27
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. 28
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. 29
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. 30
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. 31
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. 32
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. 33
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. 34
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. 35
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. 36
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. 37
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. 38
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. 39
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. 40
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