Speaking Rate

Modified on Sun, 31 Jul 2022 at 02:08 PM

FeatureModelConstructImpact on OverallDefinition
Speaking Rate DeliveryFluencyHighSpeaking rate in number of words per second.


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


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


How to read this chart:


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.




You are here - What the line means (and why the blue and green bars overlap)

  • the Speaking Rate for this response scored in the 70th percentile
  • 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 safe to say based on this dimension score alone that this response is not in the Limited or Weak range






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