Discourse Coherence

Modified on Fri, 30 Sep 2022 at 09:49 AM

DimensionModelConstructImpact on OverallDefinition
Discourse Cohesion
Language UseConnectivesMildHow your response is formed to connect ideas.


Responses with a higher Discourse Coherence score (i.e. more connectives) 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 Discourse Coherence dimension, there is a mild relationship between the pronouns and conjunctions and connectives in your response and your overall TOEFL Speaking score. To earn a high overall TOEFL Speaking score, you likely need to produce a more cohesive response than most other test takers.


You are here - What this line means (and why the bars overlap)

  • the Discourse Coherence score for this response is 12 (i.e. it scored in the 12th percentile)
  • 88% of all responses scored higher; 12% of all responses scored lower
  • responses with a Discourse Coherence score of 12 are generally consistent with an overall TOEFL Speaking score in the Limited range
  • responses with a Discourse Coherence score between 55 and 76 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 Discourse Coherence and your overall TOEFL Speaking score

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