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-> TOEFL Writing: Does word count matter for TOEFL writing question 2?

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New post 26 Oct 2015, 14:25
Yes! :-D

Hi everyone. This is Joseph from the NoteFull team. This is our team's first post on the GMAT Club! The purpose of this post from us is to help you answer a question we hear a lot and clear up any confusion you may have about word count. The goal, of course, is to make sure you know exactly what to do to earn the highest TOEFL writing question 2 rating possible to earn your dream TOEFL score.

Let's explain the answer "Yes" in more detail.



All things being equal--meaning if two essays with similar grammar, clarity, content, etc. were scored--the essay with greater word count will get a higher score.

So, what word count is going to get you the highest score possible? Around 450+ words. That is how you get to 30 out of 30 on the writing, as long as the quality of your essay is strong too. With good content, grammar, and structure:

450+ words ---> score of 28+.

We know this from experience because we've tested this while taking the TOEFL as have our students. We have experimented a lot over the years and I want you to trust us on this. With good content, grammar, and structure:

375+ words ---> score of 25+.

300+ words ---> score of 20+.

Below 300 words ---> score of below 20.

Now I want to also mention that your word count comes from the development of your ideas. So what that means is that it doesn't come from repetition or making a small, basic idea much bigger than it needs to be. Those are things that are going to hurt your score. You can have an essay with 500 words and earn a score of 15 out of 30 if your grammar and content are poor. A 30 out of 30 comes from details and explanations along with a word count of 450+.

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A high word-count of around 450+ is necessary to get a high score, but it won’t guarantee a high score (remember that the content of your essay is most important; you need good content with high word count).

To drive the point home: think about rain. You can't have rain without clouds in the sky, just like you can't have a perfect score without a word count of around 450+. But, just because you have clouds, doesn't mean it's going to rain. In other words, high word count doesn't guarantee a high score. Other factors are equally important too.

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