Modified on Fri, 30 Sep 2022 at 10:00 AM

DimensionModelConstructImpact on OverallDefinition
DeliveryPronunciationMildHow closely your syllable stress resembles a native speaker.

Responses with a higher Rhythm score (i.e. natural sounding syllable stress) correlates mildly 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 Rhythm dimension, there is a relationship between how effectively you stress syllables in your response and your overall TOEFL Speaking score. To earn a high overall TOEFL Speaking score, you probably need to produce a more "natural-sounding" rhythm (i.e. correctly placed stresses) than most other test takers.

  • the Rhythm for this response is 30 (i.e. it scored in the 30th percentile)
  • 70% of all responses scored higher; 30% of all responses scored lower
  • responses with a Rhythm score of 30 are consistent with an overall TOEFL Speaking score in the Limited to Fair range
  • responses with a Rhythm score between 59 and 75 scored in the Fair and the High ranges (i.e. where the blue/green bars overlap)
  • the Impact of this dimension is 2/4, meaning there is a mild correlation between Rhythm and your overall TOEFL Speaking score

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