Pause Frequency

Modified on Fri, 30 Sep 2022 at 09:56 AM

ModelConstructImpact on OverallDefinition
Pause Frequency DeliveryFluencyVery StrongHow often you pause when you speak (filled and unfilled pauses).

Responses with a higher Pause Frequency score (i.e. fewer silent pauses) 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 Pause Frequency dimension, there is a clear relationship between the number of pauses in your response and your overall TOEFL Speaking score. To earn a high overall TOEFL Speaking score, you likely need to have fewer pauses than most other test takers.

  • the Pause Frequency score for this response is 79 (i.e. it scored in the 79th percentile)
  • responses with a Pause Frequency score of 79 are consistent with an overall TOEFL Speaking score in the Good range (i.e. with an Overall Score of 26-30)
  • 21% of all responses scored higher; 79% of all responses scored lower
  • there were responses that received both an overall TOEFL Speaking score in the Fair range and the Good 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 very strong correlation between Pause Frequency and your overall TOEFL Speaking score

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