Phrase Length

Modified on Tue, 27 Sep 2022 at 01:15 PM

DimensionModelConstructImpact on OverallDefinition
Phrase Length* DeliveryFluencyStrongHow 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.

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