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TOEFL iBT Writing: Living in Dorms or Apartments?

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Uploaded on May 25, 2011

http://www.bettertoeflscores.com Michael Buckhoff, the founder and materials writer for the 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT, reads, evaluates, and scores an essay taken by one of his online TOEFL students.

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Students at universities often have a choice of places to live. They may choose to live in university dormitories, or they may choose to live in apartments in the community. Compare the advantages of living in university housing with the advantages of living in an apartment in the community. Where would you prefer to live? Give reasons for your preference.

Answer:

There are a lot of advantages to live either in universiry dormotories or in apatrments in the community. Some students prefer to live in university housing because university dormotories give students the opportunity to communicate and study together. On the other hand, living in an apartment provides a peaceful environmet to study, and to be close to your family members and friends. Although living in dormitories is very beneficial for some students, I prefer to stay in apartment .

First of all, apartment provides a confortable environment to study. When I was student, I prefered to stay home instead of living in university dormotories. After a long day at university, I wanted to come home, take a nap and do my homework. I had my private room where I was able to concetrate on studying. When I had some questions concerning my homework I could easily call my classmates.

In addition , living in apartment gives the oportunity to be with your family members. I enjoyed to come home and have some homemade dinner. For example, my sister liked to cook a lot. Besides that, I was able to share all my thoughts and issues that I had in university with my family. My sisiter always used to give me a good advice when I needed it.

Staying in an apartent is also beneficial because you can be close to your friend. After doing my homework I used to spentd some time with them. We liked to watch moveis or do other outdoor activities such as bike riding and hiking.

In sum, here is no doubt that living in dormitories has its advantages, I prefer to live in an apartment. It gives me the opportunity to be close to my family and friend. It also provides a nice environment to study.

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