TOEFL Speaking: How are you assessed?

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edited September 2016 in TOEFL Test
In the TOEFL Speaking test, you must respond to 6 questions. The test takes about 20 minutes.

In the Speaking section, all six responses are scored on a scale from zero to four.  Raters listen for various features in your response and then give your speaking an overall score. Although there are some variations depending on the question, raters will be looking for three main things:

1. Delivery

Your speech needs to be clear and flow from one point to the next.  You should have good pronunciation.  The pace or speed, of your speech should be natural and you should have good-sounding intonation patterns.

2. Language Use

This is how you use grammar and vocabulary to express your ideas.

3. Topic Development

This is how fully you answer the question, how clearly you express your ideas, and how you connect one idea to the next in a way that is easy to follow.

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