Phrase length in TOEFL Speaking is like the size of the words or phrases you use when you speak. Imagine you are building with blocks, and each block represents a word or a small group of words.
When you have a long phrase length, it means your words or phrases are like big blocks, containing more words. It's like using longer pieces when building with blocks.
Having a long phrase length can make your speech more complex and detailed. It's like creating a big and intricate structure with your blocks, showing lots of interesting things.
On the other hand, if you have a short phrase length, it means your words or phrases are like small blocks, containing fewer words. It's like using smaller pieces when building with blocks.
Having a short phrase length can make your speech simpler and easier to understand. It's like creating a simple and straightforward structure with your blocks, showing clear and easy-to-follow ideas.
So, when you speak in the TOEFL Speaking test, try to vary your phrase length. Use both short and long phrases to express your thoughts. This will make your speech more engaging and help you communicate your ideas effectively. It's like building a tower with blocks of different sizes, making it interesting and fun to listen to.
|Dimension||Model||Construct||Impact on Overall||Definition|
|Phrase Length* ||Delivery||Fluency||Strong||How long your phrases (also called 'chunks') are (in words).|
Responses with a higher Phrase Length score (i.e. more total words) correlate strongly with high TOEFL Speaking scores.
What this chart tells us
For the Phrase Length dimension, there is a relationship between the number of words in your response and your overall TOEFL Speaking score. To earn a high overall TOEFL Speaking score, you likely need to use longer sentences most test takers.
- the Phrase Length for this response scored is 45 (i.e. it scored in the 45th percentile)
- 55% of all responses scored higher; 45% of all responses scored lower
- responses with a Response Length score in the 45th percentile are consistent with an overall TOEFL Speaking score in the Fair range
- responses with a Response Length score between the 70th and 75th percentile scored in the Fair and the High ranges (i.e. where the blue/green bars overlap)
- the Impact of this dimension is 3/4, meaning there is a strong correlation between Phrase Length and your overall TOEFL Speaking score
* Before October 1, 2022, Phrase Length was called Response Length. Only the name changed.