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EVERYTHING YOU NEED to write the TOEFL essay with confidence. And the essay, also known as the Test of Written English, is the hardest part of the test-one that keeps many test takers from succeeding. Ace the TOEFL Essay (TWE) gives you simple and clear instruction on what you need to know to score well and provides real essay samples that you can relate to. You'll get the lowdown on what you need to score high in an easy-to-understand format, with everything from lessons on punctuation to real sample essays, ...
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Overview

EVERYTHING YOU NEED to write the TOEFL essay with confidence. And the essay, also known as the Test of Written English, is the hardest part of the test-one that keeps many test takers from succeeding. Ace the TOEFL Essay (TWE) gives you simple and clear instruction on what you need to know to score well and provides real essay samples that you can relate to. You'll get the lowdown on what you need to score high in an easy-to-understand format, with everything from lessons on punctuation to real sample essays, plus more than 50 pages of exercises.

INSIDE YOU'LL DISCOVER:

How to write the essay A complete crash course in grammar
10 real sample essays Study exercises to hone your skills And much more!

Don't let the essay stand between you and the score you want. Ace the TOEFL Essay (TWE) is the resource you need to tackle the most challenging section of the TOEFL.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402208430
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Avants is an EdD candidate, has two degrees in English, including a Master of Arts with an emphasis in Grammar and Composition, and is currently doing research to complete his EdD in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Mr. Avants currently teaches at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Avants has also authored two previous textbooks, one designed as a series text for Composition I and II at the university level; the text is entitled Grammar and Composition. The other text is entitled EFL Grammar and includes over fifty pages of exercises with complete explanations.

He also reads and writes five languages. Mr. Avants understands the problems the language learner faces, so he presents the test-taking strategies for the student to overcome these obstacles. The student benefits from this experience, learning the most in the least amount of time.

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The Essay Formats The next chapter deals with rough patterns for essays. They are variable, therefore rough, and, later on, essays are included, which answer specific TOEFL questions. Look over the outlines carefully, and develop a mental image of where elements of the essay are situated, such as transitional sentences and phrases, evidentiary statements-ones that provide evidence of the points you develop in your paper, examples, types of topic sentences for different pod's, types of thesis statements, and finally sentence structure, which is determined by your pod. Do not be intimidated. You have the capability to come out of there with a 6. Good luck.

Comparison-Contrast In the Comp-Contrast paper, look for words that suggest a relationship of similarity or dissimilarity. They may be words like opposite, alike, unlike, in common, or any other words with the same meanings. Be aware of signals that will give you ideas on how to address the topic. The ease that a professor, or anyone else for that matter, reads a pod is based in the ability to move back and forth from point to point, comparing each in a relatively short time. This is good for him, but the writing of the pt. by pt. usually takes longer for the student. However, on the exam, the points are there and relatively easy to write out. Therefore, I suggest the pt. by pt. pod for exams, especially if the exam is only four paragraphs in length. A final note, remember that the number of paragraphs in a paper are directly related to the number of evidentiary statements in the introduction. The ES, which stands for evidentiary statement, is the sentence that provides evidence to support your thesis statement. Following, though, despite only having one paragraph in the body, we have two evidentiary statements. This is a rare exception, and it is usually common with a point by point pod wherein the two topics are dealt with in the body of the essay together. It is commonly called an ABAB pod, because every sentence jumps back to the subject. For example, one sentence is about A and the next is about B. This allows the reader to compare the two items fairly well without loss of time, which is important to a grader who does a lot of reading.
Let's look at a point by point pod that deals with a tangible subject. Plus, the transitionals will be highlighted, so you can see exactly how to glue the ideas together. First, look at the diagram below. With a point by point pod, you can basically look at the possibilities in several ways. Primarily, with a really short paper, the A-B, A-B, A-B, A-B style works, but it fails if you have a longer paper, say around four to five pages typed. Plus, we do not want to have a sing-song rhythm that becomes monotonous. This style may still work, but we can apply it to one topic, perhaps encompassing 4—5 sentences. Actually, it's your call on length.
The first example of this type of paper us set up in the following format: AAABBB. The sentences should be equally grouped. For now, look over the next paper. Note the places I have written notes to you. I have highlighted the transitionals, so you can observe how we manipulate our sentence structure, reader attention, and the focus on the content. This paper is a response to an essay exam question:
Which would you prefer an older home or a modern home?

Point by Point: Comparison-Contrast For the individual who puts stock in the old and traditional, the strength of foundation, and the grandeur of space, the traditional house may be the choice of a lifetime. The motifs of style that have long been played out in today's market of prefabricated homes are existent in those structures of that were popular in the past. In addition, foundations were stronger in older houses, and they still are, even given the course of time. For whatever reason, older homes also tend to be larger. These points certainly warrant more discussion.

Reader: Now, you can write the body two separate ways with the pt. by pt. pod. First, you can write the sentences in a point by point- one sentence about A, and one about B, until you complete the category or group of sentences that pertain to, evidentiary statement number one, the statement that you made which supports the thesis statement. Therefore, the first motif of style could be written about in the following manner.

The symbol ¶ indicates the start of a new paragraph, which includes the indentation or space of five letters. The paragraph above starting with the word "for" is indented five spaces. A space is the size of a letter.

The style of older structures carries the charm of aristocracy or the peace of the rustic countryside as compared to the assembly-like packaging of modern homes.
A. Basically, the shopper has the variety from which to choose in the market of older structures.
A. For instance, if one wants to wrap himself in the old world of the nineteenth century, he can search in the "second-hand" market.
A. Moreover, the buyer can choose from different time periods, haggle on prices, or even negotiate in the arena of remodeling.
B. On the other hand, modern homes of today are thrown up in a hurry, many having the same features.
B. Along those lines, most homes in a particular subdivision cost about the same, so variety is limited.
B. Consequently, if the buyer wants to stand out in the crowd, the modern home disallows much personal freedom.
Reader: You should see how the underlined phrases tie the ideas together, provide contrast among the points, and ultimately guide the reader. However, we could have set up the body's format in one paragraph with the alternating ABAB method.

Caution: We never want to number or letter the sentences like here. I only did that to give you visual cues, so you see how things are glued together. Also, do not skip lines unless you start a new paragraph. From the arrangement of the sentences, we could easily pull out 18 sentences from those three points. Writing complete essays will become infinitely easier than before with these methods. Did you catch how our transitionals were always placed at the beginning of each sentence? It is an excellent idea to vary the positioning thereof. Let's go back to the alternating AB-AB method and move the transitionals around in the sentences.
For the individual who puts stock in the old and traditional, the strength of foundation, and the grandeur of space, the traditional house may be the choice of a lifetime. The motifs of style that have long been played out in today's market of prefabricated homes are existent in those structures of yesteryear. In addition, foundations were stronger in older houses, and they still are, even given the course of time. For whatever reason, older homes also tend to be larger. These points certainly warrant discussion.

The style of older structures carries the charm of aristocracy or the peace of the rustic countryside as compared to the assembly-like packaging of modern homes. Basically, the shopper has the variety from which to choose in the market of older structures. Modern homes of today, on the other hand, are thrown up in a hurry, many having the same features. But, if one wants to wrap himself in the old world of the nineteenth century, he can search in the "second-hand" market, usually finding what he wants in traditional structures, although doing so may take longer. A lover of traditional motifs can choose from different time periods, haggle on prices, or even negotiate in the arena of remodeling. Along those lines, most homes in a particular subdivision cost about the same, so variety is limited. Consequently, if the buyer wants to stand out in the crowd, the modern home disallows much personal freedom.
Note: The preceding paragraph has been changed only slightly, and this was to accommodate logic. If the paper is short, like a short essay test, the AB-AB pod is better; however, if the structure requires time and effort at home, the AAABBB-AAABBB is better. This is the second way to write a pt. by pt. pod, which includes writing several sentences about one point. Notice how the transitionals hold it together. I moved the transitional on the other hand to medial position, reworded a sentence, and added a qualifier in italics. You must employ a variety of sentence structuring techniques to keep your reader involved. Face it, most people do not want to hear what you have to say anyway, so be sly; manipulate the reader's attention, and accomplish your goals.

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Table of Contents

Contents Part I: Writing the Essay Chapter 1: The Essay Formats Chapter 2: Punctuation Chapter 3: Sample Essays Part II: The Grammar Chapter 4: Parts of Speech Chapter 5: Syntax & Grammar Chapter 6: Odds & Ends Chapter 7: Grammar Exercises Chapter 8: Tips to Help You Ace Sentence Corrections Glossary

Tim Avants is an EdD candidate, has two degrees in English, including a Master of Arts with an emphasis in Grammar and Composition, and is currently doing research to complete his EdD in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Mr. Avants currently teaches at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Avants has also authored two previous textbooks, one designed as a series text for Composition I and II at the university level; the text is entitled Grammar and Composition. The other text is entitled EFL Grammar and includes over fifty pages of exercises with complete explanations.

He also reads and writes five languages. Mr. Avants understands the problems the language learner faces, so he presents the test-taking strategies for the student to overcome these obstacles. The student benefits from this experience, learning the most in the least amount of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2010

    One of the worst TOEFL books I've seen...

    It seems all the reviews have been written by the same person. I should've looked at the reviews more closely as they have the same grammatical pattern. I've been teaching for many years and I'm not too sure how this got published. It's inaccurate and full of mistakes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

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    THis really helped me develop a method of answering questions. It was worth the money I spent..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2008

    OUTSTANDING

    THis really did demonstrate the details told me by the teachers. Very easy to follow and very valuable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Horrible.... Simply horrible. The book is out of date, so I hop

    Horrible.... Simply horrible.

    The book is out of date, so I hope no one even pays for this used.  Even at the time of its publication in 2007, I can't think that this was good for anything more than kindling a campfire.

    Anything,and I do mean anything, but this.  You'd do better to improve your score by napping rather than reading through this mess.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Excellente Aide

    I want to get another like this for grammar too...
    Perfecto!

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    I HATE TO WRITE; LOVE TO TEACH

    AS A TEACHER MYSELF, I HAVE A MA IN ENGLISH IN CHINA. I KNOW THE PROBLEMS OF TESTS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS. I HAD TO TAKE THE TOEFL FOR MY PhD PROGRAM. THIS WAS THE MOST HELPFUL FOR THE NEW iBT. I RECOMMENDED IT TO MY SCHOOL IN BEIJING, TOO. IT SHOWS HOW TO APPROACH COMPARATIVE ESSAYS REQUIRED FOR THE TOEFL.I AM A PROFESSIONAL TEACHER.

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    Posted October 19, 2010

    excellent

    right price for all

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    Posted September 21, 2010

    Used in Prep Classes for Writing

    WE use this in our Writing Prep class at a school in upstate New York by teacher recommendation. The students love and so do the teachers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2007

    A reviewer

    This was really the information that I needed. It shows the types of development in writing that I needed help with. The TOEFL has so many different items in the sections. This shows how to write about the differences in the sections. I loved it.

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