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The following video contains a sample of the integrated writing task for TOEFL iBT. This is the first task that you must complete in the writing part of the TOEFL iBT.
The integrated writing task measures your ability to understand the key ideas of an academic reading passage and a brief lecture, and to write an answer to a question about them. You must determine what information in the conference is related in some way to the information in the reading. Then you must organize and compose an essay.
In your response, you must demonstrate your ability to:
→ organize ideas effectively when answering the question;
→ draw the requested connection between the conference and the reading;
→ develop ideas with appropriate examples and explanation;
→ show unity and coherence, transitions;
→ use words and sentences in English effectively.
The theme of this video is the "Depression".
Here is the READING STEP:
→ Depression is a condition that affects millions of people around the world, but specialists are still divided on how to treat it. People who experience depression suffer from severely negative moods that affect their daily lives and affect their ability to function. To treat depression, many useful medications have been developed. Medication is currently the best way for patients to fight against depression.
First, medication helps treat the cause of depression. To function properly, the brain requires chemicals of natural origin. The most common cause of depression is a chemical imbalance in the patient's brain. Abnormal levels of specific chemicals can have a dramatic effect on a person's mood and can trigger depression in some cases. The treatment of these imbalances is the most important part of the treatment of depression. The only known treatment for these imbalances is medication.
In addition, the medication for depression has proven to be effective in many cases. Several of these medications have been used successfully to treat depression for several years and have been an essential part in helping patients overcome their condition. With the help of medication, thousands of patients can now live full lives despite their depression. While other forms of treatment to treat depression have been proposed, none has proven to be as effective as medication.
In addition, medication is usually easier for the patient to treat than other forms of treatment, such as therapy. The medications are usually taken once or twice a day and do not interrupt the patient's daily life. Maintaining a person's regular schedule is an important part of treating depression. Patients who have to undergo disruptive treatments are less likely to recover from their depression in a timely manner. ←
NOTE: On the official TOEFL iBT, you may have access to the reading passage, therefore, use this reading as you write your essay.
You have 20 minutes to plan and write your answer. Here is a timer to use while writing your essay:
20 minutes response time: www.e.ggtimer.com/20 minutes
Here is the question:
→ Summarize the main points of the conference, explaining how they cast doubt on the ideas provided in the reading passage. ←
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