To get the best score possible in the test, you should know a bit about how it will be evaluated. So, here are the top three tips from ETS.

Know how the TOEFL iBT speaking section works

The speaking section of the TOEFL iBT includes six tasks. You will wear headphones and speak into a microphone. Your responses will be recorded and sent to examiners who will mark them using Rubrics (see below).

To ensure that your test is marked objectively, ETS will get three to six certified ETS raters to evaluate your responses. They will give you a rating on a scale of 0 to 4. Your average rating will then be converted to a scaled score of 0 to 30.

Become familiar with parts of the iBT test (check out the TOEFL iBT website for more information). This will help you to know what to expect and to face the test calmly.

Look at the TOEFL iBT speaking rubrics

A rubric is a scoring sheet that examiners use to grade a piece of writing or a speaking performance. Knowing how they grade your performance will help you keep realistic goals and help you achieve the score that you want.

Speak naturally

During the test, try to focus on speaking loudly and clearly. Ensure that you use intonation to sound natural. Imagine a mind-map in your head with the different points and each point has sub-points. This will help you to gather your thoughts and speak in “thought groups”.

Take a pause in between thoughts. Try to show your emotions in the way that you speak.

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