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TOEFL: writing is the most difficult task for someone learning English

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There are 4 sections of the TEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam: ReadingListeningSpeaking WritingThese sections are not arranged in the order of difficulty, in my opinion. Here's what I believe is the correct order of difficulty, from easiest to hardest:
ReadingListeningSpeakingWriting1. Reading is the easiest set of skills to master, as you are not interacting with a live person. The words on the page don't change, or move. You can look up any word you don't know in a dictionary, and can use a book of grammar for any sentence or word structure you don't understand.

2. Listening involves an intermediate skill set. It is passive, if you aren't trying to enter a conversation--you can concentrate on what the person is saying without simultaneously thinking about what you will say in return. Although you may not know all the words being said, or understand the verb tenses, pronouns, use of adjectives and adverbs, etc., you can make some good guesses and get…