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TOEFL Junior® Speaking Performance Descriptors

A typical student who scores between 14 and 16 can do all of the following.

  • Almost always speak in a fluent and sustained way
  • Almost always use intonation effectively
  • Produce speech that is always understandable to listeners, with only minor errors in pronunciation
  • Almost always produce vocabulary and grammar that is accurate, varied and effective, with only a few errors
  • Tell a complete and coherent story with elaboration and detail
  • Understand and accurately convey all main ideas and supporting details from an academic lecture, with almost no omissions

A typical student who scores between 11 and 13 can do all of the following.

  • Usually speak in a fluent and sustained way, with some stops or hesitations
  • Usually use intonation effectively
  • Produce speech that is usually understandable to listeners, but with some pronunciation errors
  • Usually produce vocabulary and grammar that is accurate and effective, although with some errors
  • Tell a story that is mostly complete and coherent, although some details are inaccurate or left out
  • Understand and convey main ideas from an academic lecture, although some supporting details may be left out or inaccurate

A typical student who scores between 8 and 10 can do all of the following.

  • Speak fluently for a few brief stretches
  • Sometimes use intonation effectively
  • Produce speech that is at times understandable to listeners, but with obvious pronunciation errors
  • Often produce basic vocabulary and simple grammatical structures
  • Tell a limited story, occasionally providing details
  • Understand and convey limited information from an academic lecture, but probably leave out many supporting details

A typical student who scores below 8 may need to develop the following skills.

  • Speaking fluently for at least a few brief stretches
  • Using intonation effectively
  • Producing speech that is understandable to listeners
  • Producing basic vocabulary and simple grammatical structures
  • Telling a story with some details
  • Understanding and conveying some information from an academic lecture

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