The lists of ‘Preference’ TOEFL Independent Writing topics below will help you prepare for this type of question on your exam. Look at questions in the following four categories as well, to be prepared for all the types of TOEFL essays. Some people say that physical exercise should be a required part of every school day. Other people believe that students should spend the whole school day on academic studies. Which opinion do you agree with? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer. A university plans to develop a new research center in your country. Some people want a center for business research.
Which of these two kinds of research centers do you recommend for your country? Use specific reasons in your recommendation. Some high schools require all students to wear school uniforms. Other high schools permit students to decide what to wear to school. Which of these two school policies do you think is better? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion. What do you consider to be the most important room in a house? Why is this room more important to you than any other room?
Use reasons and specific examples to explain your choice. What gift would you give to help a child develop? Use reasons and specific examples to support your choice. Some people choose friends who are different from themselves. Others choose friends who are similar to themselves. Compare the advantages of having friends who are different from you with the advantages of having friends who are similar to you. Which kind of friend do you prefer for yourself? Some people enjoy change, and they look forward to new experiences. Others like their lives to stay the same, and they do not change their usual habits. Compare these two approaches to life.
Which of these methods of learning is best for you? Use specific examples to support your choice. Some people prefer to plan activities for their free time very carefully. Others choose not to make any plans at all for their free time. Compare the benefits of planning free-time activities with the benefits of not making plans. Use specific reasons and examples to explain your choice. Some people think that the family is the most important influence on young adults. Other people think that friends are the most important influence on young adults.
Which view do you agree with? Use examples to support your position. Some people think that governments should spend as much money as possible on developing or buying computer technology. Other people disagree and think that this money should be spent on more basic needs. Which one of these opinions do you agree with? Some people like doing work by hand. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. People listen to music for different reasons and at different times. Why is music important to many people?