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TOEFL Tip #38: Grammar vs. Essay Structure

by Strictly English TOEFL Tutors on June 10, 2009

It is hard to say definitively if your Grammar or your Essay’s Structure will count more toward your TOEFL score.  Officially, ETS says that the score is “integrated”, which means that it counts all aspects of communication equally. Yet, if you make really basic grammar errors, then it won’t matter how great your essay’s structure is.  Here’s what I do know: an essay with perfect structure, and perfect **Intermediate-Level English** can score 29 (you don’t need Advanced English grammar to get a high score), but an essay with perfect structure and Intermediate-Level English that has consistent Subject-Verb agreement errors will drop down to a 22. That’s a loss of 7 points just because you repeatedly wrote sentences like, “he go”, “it give”, “she have” instead of “he goES”, “it giveS”, “she haS”.  So be very careful with grammar. It Counts!

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