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Hi every one!

I recently took the TOEFL and my score is 109. I did well on Reading, Listening and Speaking (30, 30 and 28) but my writing score is pretty low (only 21...). Even though many schools only have an overall score requirement, I'm wondering if I should retake the test and try to get a better writing score. I'm afraid that my 21 in writing will hurt my application... Any advices are welcome!

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02 Apr 2010, 16:31
You should be OK for most schools. Only a few require a minimum score in each section or a minimum for writing.

See here for details/exceptions: toefl-score-requirements-for-most-popular-schools-80110.html
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02 Apr 2010, 20:38
Thanks for your reply! I think that I'm going to take it again because I really believe that I could get a better score in the writing section. I didn't study much for the test and I didn't practice the writing section at all. The only thing that was holding me back was the $170 fee but compared to the expense of applying to business school in the end it's not that much. Btw, I see that you're the founder of the website. This is a really good resource with tons of useful information!! Thanks! _________________ GMAT: 720 Q47 V41 / TOEFL iBT: 118 Founder Affiliations: AS - Gold, HH-Diamond Joined: 04 Dec 2002 Posts: 14420 Location: United States (WA) GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42 GPA: 3.5 Followers: 3710 Kudos [?]: 22928 [0], given: 4510 Re: Low TOEFL writing score? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 02 Apr 2010, 20:55 bseb wrote: Thanks for your reply! I think that I'm going to take it again because I really believe that I could get a better score in the writing section. I didn't study much for the test and I didn't practice the writing section at all. The only thing that was holding me back was the$170 fee but compared to the expense of applying to business school in the end it's not that much. Btw, I see that you're the founder of the website. This is a really good resource with tons of useful information!! Thanks!

Thanks!
Yes, handling the writing section should be a pretty straightforward task, just give it a bit practice - most of it is template driven.
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06 Apr 2010, 13:06
I got a 28 in writing just working a couple of days with the templates, pretty straightforward. Good luck.
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I took the TOEFL a second time a couple of weeks ago, and I got 118! Reading: 30, Listening: 30, Speaking: 30, Writing: 28. Of course, I'm very happy with this score and I'm glad this is out of the way. In the end, I didn't practice the writing section a lot more than the first time. I just tried to memorize the essay structure given as an example in the official ETS preparation book. One more thing: don't be afraid to retake the TOEFL if you think you can do better, unlike the GMAT it is possible to choose which score you want to send to the business schools you're applying to.

Good luck to all of you!

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12 Jul 2010, 15:39
Congratulations!!!
Very impressive. Great improvement and a good morale booster for the gmat
You will need it!
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15 Jul 2010, 22:46
congratulations!!

Are you English native or have you lived in a English spoken country?

I'm going to retake the exam in 3 weeks, hoping to improve my last exam (102, in March).
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Hi rid82,
Sorry, I just saw your post. For some reason I wasn't notified that someone replied on this thread. I'm not a native speaker but I've been living and working in California for a little over 3 years now (first job after college in France). If I'm right you must have already retaken the TOEFL. Let me know how it went!
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10 Aug 2010, 23:18
bseb wrote:
Hi rid82,
Sorry, I just saw your post. For some reason I wasn't notified that someone replied on this thread. I'm not a native speaker but I've been living and working in California for a little over 3 years now (first job after college in France). If I'm right you must have already retaken the TOEFL. Let me know how it went!

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19 Aug 2010, 11:58
No, it was just an internship at first but then I got hired. Soon after I met my wife and that's why I'm still here! I really would like to go back to Europe but it's kinda complicated I'm thinking of applying to HEC and LBS but I'm not sure if I really stand a chance.
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bseb wrote:
UPDATE:
I took the TOEFL a second time a couple of weeks ago, and I got 118! Reading: 30, Listening: 30, Speaking: 30, Writing: 28. Of course, I'm very happy with this score and I'm glad this is out of the way. In the end, I didn't practice the writing section a lot more than the first time. I just tried to memorize the essay structure given as an example in the official ETS preparation book. One more thing: don't be afraid to retake the TOEFL if you think you can do better, unlike the GMAT it is possible to choose which score you want to send to the business schools you're applying to.

Good luck to all of you!

Now the real fun begins, it's time to start studying for the GMAT...

First of all congratulation on your great score!!

And can you tell me which materials did you use during preparation and how long had you been preparing before taking the actual exam

Thanks and congratulations again!!
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Thanks. I used the Kaplan, Princeton review and ETS books. I started studying 2 months before I took the test the first time (maybe 4-5 hours a week). When I signed up for the second time I had in mind to study seriously for a month and a half but due to lack of motivation and a busy schedule (vacation in France and Paris ) that didn't happen. I knew that my weaknesses were speaking and writing so I tried to focus on that the week before the test. Other than that the Kaplan practice test reading comp section is harder than the real thing I think. For the writing section I would recommend to really memorize the essay structure used in the ETS book (especially for the 1st essay), it helped me a lot. The Princeton review book is okay to get a feel of what the test is like but I think that I could have done well without it. Hope this helps and good luck!
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20 Aug 2010, 00:28
bseb

Thanks a lot!! You've been very helpful!
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bseb wrote:
One more thing: don't be afraid to retake the TOEFL if you think you can do better, unlike the GMAT it is possible to choose which score you want to send to the business schools you're applying to.

I was under the impression that like GRE scores, ETS sends all the scores to the schools we apply. Thanks for the info.
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30 Aug 2010, 09:47
Congrats on getting 118. Awesome score.
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Thanks!
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09 Sep 2010, 07:57
Great score! This is just one piece of the application you will be fine.
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09 Sep 2010, 08:37
nice! gmat is a totally different beast and hope you beat it too!
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13 Jun 2011, 11:29
Hello all,
I have just started with my toefl prep .I have not given gmat but i have given my GRE and i m giving my toefl on june 25th.Pls do give me some start up tips.Mainly regarding the materials to be followed for my prep.If any of u have an idea about the RC complexity(GRE vs Toefl),pls do tell me.Im not sure if this is the right blog for this question,but if anyone of u have an idea,pls do post
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