Sustained Speech

Modified on Fri, 30 Sep 2022 at 09:51 AM

DimensionModelConstructImpact on OverallDefinition
Sustained SpeechDeliveryFluencyVery strongHow smoothly you speak (number of words without disfluencies).


Responses with a higher Sustained Speech score correlate very 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 Sustained Speech dimension, there is a clear relationship between the average length of speech "runs" and your overall TOEFL Speaking score. To earn a high overall TOEFL Speaking score, you probably need to produce uninterrupted speech better than 75% of other test takers


  • the Sustained Speech score for this response is 64 (it scored in the 64th 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)
  • 36% of all responses scored higher; 64% of all responses scored lower
  • there are responses with a Sustained Speech score with scores between 65 and 75 that received an overall TOEFL Speaking score in the Good range and the Fair range (i.e. the overlap between the blue and the green bars)
  • same idea for the yellow/blue and red/yellow overlap
  • the Impact of this dimension is 4/4, meaning there is a strong correlation between Sustained Speech your overall TOEFL Speaking score

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