Speaking Rate

Modified on Mon, 17 Oct 2022 at 01:03 PM

DimensionModelConstructImpact on OverallDefinition
Speaking Rate DeliveryFluencyStrongSpeaking rate in number of words per second.


Responses with a higher Speaking Rate correlate strongly with high TOEFL Speaking scores. 



Overall Score

  • Good: 26-30
  • Fair: 18-25
  • Limited: 10-17
  • Weak: 0-9


What this chart tells us


For the Speaking Rate dimension, there is a clear relationship between how fast you speak and your overall TOEFL Speaking score. To earn a high overall TOEFL Speaking score, you probably need to speak faster than 75% of other test takers.

  • the Speaking Rate score for this response is 70 (it scored in the 70th percentile)
  • responses with a Sustained Speech score of 64 are consistent with an overall TOEFL Speaking score in the Fair range (i.e. with an Overall Score of 18-25)
  • 30% of all responses scored higher; 70% of responses scored lower
  • there are responses with a Speaking Rate score in the 70th percentile that received an overall TOEFL Speaking score in the Fair range and the Good range (i.e. the overlap between the blue and the green bars)
  • it's impossible to say based on this dimension score alone whether this response would score in the Good or the Fair range
  • it's probably true based on this dimension score that the overall TOEFL Speaking score for this response is not in the Weak range
  • the Impact of this dimension is 3/4, meaning there is a strong correlation between Speaking Rate your overall TOEFL Speaking score


Note: a random sample of 180 high-scoring responses (i.e. in the Good range, 26+) have an average speaking speed of 179.63 words per minute





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