TOEFL Writing Strategy – Compare / Contrast Questions

Compare / Constast: (ie. 1. It has been said, “Not everything that is learned is contained in books.” Compare and contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books. In your opinion, which source is more important? Why?)

These qestions the most difficult and have the most methods of possible answer.
You need to evaluate the question carefully to determine if method one or method two is applicable.

1. Method One: There are many similarities and differences between A and B. I think that A (or B) is most important (mimic verb from question)

Thesis: There are many similarities and differences between A and B. I think that A (or B)…
Topic 1: Some similarities between A and B are …(mimic verb in question)
Topic 2: Some differences between A and B are …
Topic 3: I think that A (or B)… (mimic verb in question)
Conclusion: There are similarities and differences between A and B. I think that A (or B)…(mimic verb in question)

2. Method Two: There are various advantages and disadvanatages to A and B. I think that A (or B) is most important (mimic verb from question)

Thesis: There are various advantages and disadvanatages to A and B. I think that A (or B)…
Topic 1: The advantages of A are …
Topic 2: The advantages of B are …
Topic 3: I think that A (or B)… (mimic verb in question)
Conclusion: There are various advantages and disadvanatages to A and B. I think that A (or B)… (mimic verb in question)

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