Vocabulary Depth

Modified on Mon, 09 Jan 2023 at 03:29 PM

DimensionModelConstructImpact on OverallDefinition
Vocabulary Depth
DeliveryLanguage UseWeak
How well you use uncommon words in your response.


Responses with a higher Vocabulary Depth score 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 Vocabulary Depth dimension, there is a relationship between occurrence of low-frequency words in your response and your overall TOEFL Speaking score. To earn a high overall TOEFL Speaking score, you probably need to use more "sophisticated" (i.e. low-frequency) words than about 75% of other test takers.

  • the Vocabulary Depth score for this response is 26 (i.e. it scored in the 26th percentile)
  • 74% of all responses scored higher; 26% of all responses scored lower
  • responses with a Vocabulary Depth score of 26 are (weakly) consistent with an overall TOEFL Speaking score in the Limited range
  • responses with a Vocabulary Depth score between the 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 1/4, meaning there is a weak correlation between Vocabulary Depth and your overall TOEFL Speaking score


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