Distribution of Pauses

Modified on Fri, 30 Sep 2022 at 04:03 AM

DimensionModelConstructImpact on OverallDefinition
Distribution of Pauses DeliveryFluencyStrongHow effectively you use pauses (pause-to-speech ratio).


Responses with a higher Distribution of Pauses score (i.e. a low pause-to-speech ratio = fewer "unnatural" pauses) correlate 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 Distribution of Pauses dimension, there is a strong relationship between pauses in your response and your overall TOEFL Speaking score. To earn a high overall TOEFL Speaking score, you likely need to produce fewer unnatural (i.e. long, misplaced) pauses than most other test takers.

  • the Distribution of Pauses score for this response is 59 (i.e. it scored in the 59th percentile)
  • 41% of all responses scored higher; 59% of all responses scored lower
  • responses with a Distribution of Pauses score of 59 are consistent with an overall TOEFL Speaking score in the Fair range
  • responses with a Distribution of Pauses score between the 66 and 74 had overall TOEFL Speaking scores in the Fair and the Good ranges (i.e. where the blue/green bars overlap)
  • the Impact of this dimension is 3/4, meaning there is a strong correlation between Distribution of Pauses and your overall TOEFL Speaking score


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