Repetitions: Minimizing unnecessary repetition in your speech

Modified on Sat, 20 May 2023 at 08:40 AM

Repetitions in TOEFL Speaking is like saying the same thing over and over again, just like when you repeat a word or a sentence multiple times.

Imagine you are playing a game of catch with a friend. If you keep throwing the ball to the same spot over and over, it becomes repetitive and not as exciting.

In speaking, repetitions happen when you use the same words or phrases too many times in a row. It's like saying the same thing again and again, which can make your speech sound less interesting or repetitive.

To avoid repetitions, it's important to use a variety of words and express your ideas in different ways. It's like throwing the ball to different spots during a game of catch, keeping it fun and engaging.

So, when you speak in the TOEFL Speaking test, try to avoid using the same words or phrases too many times in a row. Be creative and use different words and expressions to convey your thoughts. This will make your speech more engaging and help you communicate your ideas effectively.

Technical Explanation

DimensionModelConstructImpact on OverallDefinition
Repetitions DeliveryFluency (Repair)WeakHow often you repeat a word or phrase (including self-corrections).

Responses with a higher Repetition score (i.e. fewer repetitions) correlate weakly 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 Repetitions dimension, there is a relationship between the number of repetitions in your response and your overall TOEFL Speaking score, but it's weak, and therefore hard to make a prediction of your overall TOEFL Speaking score only using data from this dimension. 

  • the Repetitions score for this response scored is 40 (i.e. it scored in the 40th percentile)
  • 60% of all responses scored higher; 40% of all responses scored lower
  • responses with a Repetitions score of 40 are consistent with an overall TOEFL Speaking score in the Weak range, the Limited range, and the Fair range but not in the Good range (i.e. the overlap between the red, yellow, and blue bars)
  • the Impact of this dimension is 1/4, meaning there is a weak correlation between Repetitions and your overall TOEFL Speaking score

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