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TOEFL Tip #175: Enter Our Editing Contest!

by Strictly English TOEFL Tutors on October 26, 2012

Win 2 FREE HOURS of tutoring! Correct all 7 mistakes in this blog article (they could be spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors), and you will be entered in a drawing for 2 FREE HOURS of TOEFL Tutoring! The winner will be announced in our blog post next week, on November 2nd.

To enter the contest, please email us your corrections highlighted in RED at before 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 31st. Then write a comment on this blog article that says “I think I corrected all the mistakes!” Be sure to do *both* steps for your entry to count. Good luck!



Misspellings and grammar errors are often the trickiest part of the Writing Section to correct. Perhaps you’re used to working with programs like Microsoft Word which identify speling errors with red squiggly lines under misspelled words, and green squiggly lines under ungrammatical phrases. Perhaps your software even autocorrects typos, so you never even realize you’ve made them. Perhaps you’re working on the basics of English grammar, so you’re not thinking about whether or not to use the Oxford comma (that’s the comma that comes before the “and” in a list of items; such as the one after “green” in this example: red, green, and blue). Whatever your particular circumstances, students often has “blind spots” that make it hard for them to recognize and fix grammar errors.

What can you do?

Use your software to help learn what kinds of mistakes you make most often. Rather than simply letting hte software correct mistakes, turn off autocorrect. Write down every word identified by red squiggles and every phrase identified by green ones, and fix them yourself in the document. Use sites like the Purdue Online Writing Lab to learn about the particular grammar mistakes you keep making and practicing correcting them. You could even ask a native speaker of English to take a paragraph from the newspaper, purposely change it to include mistakes, and give it to you as a quiz. The more you practice spotting these sorts of mistakes in other people’s writing, the easier it will be to identify them in your own writing.

Numerous spelling and grammar errors can make a significant difference to your TEOFL score. Its worth taking the time to improve this skill.

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9 comments so far. Leave a comment.

  1. Paola

    wrote on October 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I think I corrected all the mistakes!

  2. Flor

    wrote on October 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I think I corrected all the mistakes.
    After I red this article I couldn’t find the mistakes so easily, actually I have to read it twice to spot the errors. I found some spelling and grammar mistakes, but I did not find a puntuation mistakes. I really hope to got it all right.

  3. Strictly English TOEFL Tutors

    wrote on October 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Paola: Did you send us an email at with the corrections?

  4. Tareq salibi

    wrote on October 31, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I think icorrected all the mistakes.

  5. Strictly English TOEFL Tutors

    wrote on October 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Hi Tareq.

    We do not have an email from you with the corrections. Please send it to


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    wrote on November 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm

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  7. Nestor Ulicnik

    wrote on June 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

    You can certainly see your expertise in the work you write. The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

  8. Strictly English TOEFL Tutors

    wrote on June 14, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Thank you!

  9. Pei Defrancesco

    wrote on July 7, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Generally I don’t learn post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very compelled me to try and do so! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thanks, very nice post.

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