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TOEFL writing practice #4

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Writing Practice Set 1 (Integrated): Passage, Lecture, and Question

Directions: Give yourself 3 minutes to read the passage.

Reading Time: 3 minutes

In an effort to encourage ecologically sustainable forestry practices, an international organization started issuing certifications to wood companies that meet high ecological standards by conserving resources and recycling materials. Companies that receive this certification can attract customers by advertising their products as “ecocertified.” Around the world, many wood companies have adopted new, ecologically friendly practices in order to receive ecocertification. However, it is unlikely that wood companies in the United States will do the same, for several reasons. First, American consumers are exposed to so much advertising that they would not value or even pay attention to the ecocertification label. Because so many mediocre products are labeled “new” or “improved,” American consumers do not place much trust in advertising claims in general. Second, ecocertified wood will be more expensive than uncertified wood because in order to earn ecocertification, a wood company must pay to have its business examined by a certification agency. This additional cost gets passed on to consumers. American consumers tend to be strongly motivated by price, and therefore they are likely to choose cheaper uncertified wood products. Accordingly, American wood companies will prefer to keep their prices low rather than obtain ecocertification. Third, although some people claim that it always makes good business sense for American companies to keep up with the developments in the rest of the world, this argument is not convincing. Pursuing certification would make sense for American wood companies only if they marketed most of their products abroad. But that is not the case—American wood businesses sell most of their products in the United States, catering to a very large customer base that is satisfied with the merchandise. 

Directions: Read the transcript

Narrator Now listen to part of a lecture on the topic you just read about. Professor Well, despite what many people say, there’s good reason to think that many American wood companies will eventually seek ecocertification for their wood products. First off, consumers in the United States don’t treat all advertising the same. They distinguish between advertising claims that companies make about their own products and claims made by independent certification agencies. Americans have a lot of confidence in independent consumer agencies. Thus, ecologically minded Americans are likely to react very favorably to wood products ecologically certified by an independent organization with an international reputation for trustworthiness. Second point—of course it’s true that American consumers care a lot about price—who doesn’t? But studies of how consumers make decisions show that price alone determines consumers’ decisions only when the price of one competing product is much higher or lower than another. When the price difference between two products is small—say, less than five percent, as is the case with certified wood— Americans often do choose on factors other than price.And Americans are becoming increasingly convinced of the value of preserving and protecting the environment. And third, U.S. wood companies should definitely pay attention to what’s going on in the wood business internationally, not because of foreign consumers, but because of foreign competition. As I just told you, there’s a good chance that many American consumers will be interested in ecocertified products. And guess what, if American companies are slow capturing those customers, you can be sure that foreign companies will soon start crowding into the American market, offering ecocertified wood that domestic companies don’t.

my answers:

The lecture was about wood companies in United States that in the situation of providing eco-friendly products. A paper written about this issue serve to the class then the professor, in overall, didn't agree with the statements.

First, the paper wrote that wood companies who have concern about ecological issues, will not survive in the marketing campaign, because it will not cause any differentiation to the competitors who have not eco-friendly yet. But the professor said that it must be a market segment who consider good enough about eco issues. The professor suggest wood companies can hire professional agencies that will bring their business to reach customers who suited to their products.

The next one, the paper arguing eco friendly wood production will cause expensive price, obviously. Then the professor seems agree about the price will rise, but the professor said if the cost to produce eco-friendly products only 5 percent in difference, the customer will not consider at all. Price is one thing about customer decision, but not the only one, he said.

The last one, the paper wrote that US wood companies not good enough to reach worldwide market, which worldwide market assumed has big consideration about eco friendly wood products. The professor has different angle about this, he said, now it is time to US wood companies to go abroad. It is not only about to reach the new market, but also to make the US wood companies get used to compete with worldwide competitors, which is tough. If not, it is matter of time, outside US wood companies will come to US market, and everything will be much difficult.

In conclusion, the professor has strong vision that wood companies in US must start their business in eco friendly way.

ChatGPT assessment:

Your answer is quite good. You have provided a clear summary of the lecture and the main points made by the professor. You have accurately described the professor's rebuttal of the arguments presented in the passage.

One minor issue with your answer is that you have not included the key information that the certification agency mentioned in the passage is independent and has an international reputation for trustworthiness. This is an important point made by the professor, who argues that this will be attractive to ecologically minded Americans.

Another minor issue is that you have used some informal language, such as "not good enough" and "everything will be much difficult." In TOEFL writing, it is better to use more formal language.

Overall, your answer shows good understanding of the passage and the lecture, and you have provided a clear and well-organized response. Good job!

Based on your answer, I would rate you a 28 out of 30. You have provided a well-organized and comprehensive summary of the lecture, accurately capturing the professor's key arguments and responding to the points made in the passage. You have also demonstrated good writing skills, although there were some minor issues with informal language. Overall, your answer is clear and easy to understand, and you have done a good job of analyzing and summarizing the material.

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