Example of Independent Writing Task of TOEFL iBT

This is an example of independent writing task of TOEFL iBT made by me. I used the template and pick the question provided by this website http://www.toeflresources.com. I found this website really useful to make us writing integrated and independent essay in systematic way and also able us to get a high score.

I do my best not to make grammatical error and typo. But, if you find one, I will be really grateful if you correct me by leaving a comment. I hope this example can be useful for all of us. Thank you.

Question:
Some people prefer to eat at food stands or restaurants. Other people prefer to prepare and eat food at home. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Answer:
Eating at restaurant or at home has its own uniqueness, characteristics, advantages and disadvantages. It also depend on our mood that day whether we want to eat at restaurant or at home. In my opinion, I prefer to eat at home because of two main reasons: to avoid traffic jam that frequently happens in the city I live in and to save my money to buy something more important rather than spend it to buy food while I can cook by myself. I will explore more in the following essay.

To begin with, I tend to eat at home because in main hour, the traffic jam in my city is very bad. The traffic jam happens almost in main intersection causing I spend more time in the road rather than spend time pleasantly in the restaurant. For example, one day ago, I had a promise to have lunch with my big family in rush hour in a famous restaurant. It took me 1 hour to go there and 1 hour a half to go back home while I only spent 1 hour in the restaraurant because it gave limited time to each customer due to many customers queuing outside. When I go back home, I felt exhausted as the traffic really make me in bad mood.

Moreover, I confident enough to cook by myself, so I prefer to save my money to buy something more important rather than spend it to eat at restaurant. Based on my calculation, the price of eating in restaurant is two or even three times higher than I cook by myself. Long ago, I ate in a restaurant with my friends. I ordered chicken soto. I was quite shocked when I was going to pay, the price is unreasonable due to the taste was just so-so and the portion was not big. I can say I can cook chicken soto which is more tasty and with more portion. Later, I realized that the high price is also for the service and tax, but even so, it was still too much for me.

In conclusion, I strongly prefer to eat at home rather than at restaurant because of its more saving my time and money. I think I will eat at restaurant only if there is a really important invitation.

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