Speaking Test of TOEFL - A Brief Overview
The TOEFL test is the most valued English language test in the world that helps you to study abroad. The two formats of the test are the TOEFL iBT test and the TOEFL PBT test. The TOEFL iBT test is the Internet-based test and the TOEFL PBT test is the paper-based test. The format of the test you decide to take depends on the test location and test center you choose.
The iBT test is conducted through the Internet 30 to 40 times in a year. The total duration of the test is about four hours and 30 minutes. This format of the test evaluates your skills of using and understanding the English language at the university level. It also assesses how well you can accomplish your academic tasks using your reading, listening, writing and speaking skills of the English language. The test requires you to do tasks that combine two or more skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing). The iBT test comprises four sections - Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. This article explains about the Speaking section of TOEFL.
What is the TOEFL Speaking Test?
The Speaking test is one of the four sections of the TOEFL iBT test. The time allotted for the Speaking test is 20 minutes. This test includes six questions that require you to do the tasks of expressing an opinion on a familiar topic, and speaking based on the reading and listening tasks.
About TOEFL Speaking Test Questions
You will be asked six questions in the Speaking test of the TOEFL iBT. The Speaking test comprises two types of tasks - Independent Speaking tasks and Integrated Speaking tasks. The first two questions require you to do the Independent Speaking tasks, and the last four questions require you to do the Integrated Speaking tasks.
- First Two Questions
The first two questions in the test are related to familiar topics, and require you to do the Independent Speaking tasks. You have to express your opinions, ideas and/ or experiences about the given familiar topic when answering the two questions. You will be given a short time for preparing your answer after reading each question. Then you will be given a short time to express your answer using the microphone on your headset.
- Last Four Questions
The last four questions in the test are related to short readings, conversations and lectures. They require you to do the Integrated Speaking tasks. You have to speak in response to the short readings, conversations and lectures when answering the two questions. You will be given a short time for preparing your answer after reading each question. Then you will be given a short time to express your answer using the microphone on your headset.
How the TOEFL Speaking Test is evaluated?
When you answer for the Speaking test using the microphone on your headset, your answers will be recorded. The recorded answers will be sent to the ETS Scoring Network, after which they will be evaluated and scored by a few certified human raters. Your answers in the Independent and Integrated Speaking tasks of this section of TOEFL will be evaluated based on the following three factors:
- Effectiveness of your speech, expression and communication
- Your usage level of the English language
- Your ability to develop a topic or accomplish the given task
How the TOEFL Speaking Test is Scored?
Each the six tasks are scored on a scale of zero to four. The overall score for the Speaking test
will be a scaled score that ranges from 0 to 30, which is obtained by
converting the average scores of the six tasks of the test using a
unique scoring system.