Answering Typical Writing Test Questions

Here is  a typical writing question on a English language test:

“Many people visit museums when they travel to new places. Why do you think people visit museums? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.” (TOEFL)

To get a good score, you must make sure you answer the question fully, and in a proper paragraph.  Remember: there are three parts to a paragraph:

  1. Topic sentence
  2. Supporting sentences (two or three ideas)
  3. Concluding sentence

Point 1: Answer the question in the first sentence. This will be your “topic sentence”

People visit museums when they travel to new places because they want to make the most of their time.

Point 2: Read the whole question carefully. Make sure you follow the instructions. They often tell you what kind of supporting sentences to write.

People visit museums when they travel to new places because they want to make the most of their time. First, people want to learn about the new place. For example, the new history museum in Kochi City helps people learn about Kochi Castle and the history of Tosa. Next, a museum is an easy place to get unique souvenirs. Finally, visiting a museum is a special experience that will help them remember the trip better.

Point 3: End with a good concluding sentence. Restate main idea, or give suggestion, opinion, or prediction.

People visit museums when they travel to new places because they want to make the most of their time.. First, people want to learn about the new place. For example, the new history museum in Kochi City helps people learn about Kochi Castle and the history of Tosa. Next, a museum is an easy place to get unique souvenirs. Finally, visiting a museum is a special experience that will help them remember the trip better. In conclusion, a visit to a museum is a great way to make meaningful memories of a new place in a short amount of time.

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