The following questions about TOEFL writing tasks were recently posted over on Erin's Test Magic TOEFL forum:
I am going to take my TOEFL very soon. I am in a fix about the writing. I have some questions about the writing section. Would any expert answer my questions?
1. In case of independent writing, should I take a side? Meaning should I completely agree or disagree? I may debate on the topic. There may have both the sides strong in an issue. And if I discuss both of the sides, and finally conclude that both the sides have merit and on the basis of the factors discussed in the essay, one can't totally say that this one or the other one is better.
2. Should I use idioms and phrases very often? Is it detrimental for the essay if I use more idioms and phrases?
3. In case of integrated writing, should I conclude in my own way?
I've given some quick responses and advice based on these questions - you can read them at this link!