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  • Hi, this is Jackie.

  • Welcome to PrepScholar TOEFL!

  • Today I'm going to give you a few tips on how to do better on the TOEFL Speaking section.

  • The Speaking section is all about timing.

  • We only have 45 or 60 seconds to give our answer; that's not a lot of time.

  • So one of the most important skills you need on this section is the ability to pace your speech correctly.

  • Pacing your speech correctly is key to getting a good score.

  • If you speak too slowly, you may not be able to finish your answer.

  • And if you speak too quickly, it may be difficult to understand what you're saying.

  • So you want your pace to be just right: not too slow, and not too fast.

  • So, how do you do that?

  • Well, that's what this lesson is all about!

  • To begin, let's see how fast you're speaking.

  • Let's look at a few sentences in fact, exactly 40 words of the kind of passage you might encounter on the TOEFL.

  • Here's the passage:

  • First, I'll read it at an average pace:

  • "Scientists have extensively studied several of the species of mammals that are native to New Guinea and have learned how these species adapt to their environments.

  • "The western wombat occupies the highland forests, and its diet consists primarily of earthworms."

  • Now, you read it, and compare your time to mine.


  • How'd that go?

  • Did you speak more slowly?

  • More quickly?

  • Either way, we will give you some tips on how to adjust your speaking pace.

  • For some students, their problem is that they are speaking too slowly.

  • There are two problems with doing this.

  • The first problem is simple.

  • If you speak too slowly, you may not be able to even finish your answer!

  • And, if your answer is incomplete, that will result in a significantly lower score on the speaking section.

  • The second problem is that, if you speak too slowly, your speech will typically be filled with lots of hesitations and pauses.

  • But that makes it sound like you don't know what to say, which will also result in a lower speaking score.

  • So how do you speed up your delivery, if you are speaking too slowly?

  • In two ways: preparation and practice.

  • The main reason students speak too slowly is that they are not prepared.

  • So, for each question, remember to prepare a brief outline of what you're going to say.

  • The rest of the PrepScholar course gives you detailed guidelines about how to do that.

  • Another reason that students speak too slowly is that they haven't practiced enough.

  • So practice speaking English quickly.

  • Listen to podcasts in English, and try speaking along as you listen.

  • Don't worry if you don't understand everything; just try to match the pace.

  • So that is how we avoid speaking too slowly.

  • Now, we don't want to speak too quickly on the speaking section either.

  • If we speak too quickly, we will be very difficult to understand.

  • For that reason, speaking quickly can be even worse than speaking too slowly.

  • So why do students speak too quickly?

  • It is almost always for the same reason: they get nervous.

  • When we get nervous, we try to do too much at once, and we speak too much.

  • And then we become very difficult to understand even if our pronunciation is perfect!

  • So what do we need to do, if we're speaking too quickly?

  • Well, if we're speaking too quickly because we're nervous, then, to slow down, we need to relax.

  • So, how do we relax?

  • Actually, we should do the same two things we discussed above.

  • We should prepare.

  • If we're prepared, then we won't be worried about what to say next so we can relax.

  • And we should practice.

  • If we have a lot of practice answering questions in English, we can relax.

  • So let's review!

  • We've said that pace is very important on the Speaking section.

  • And it is a problem for many students.

  • Some students speak too quickly, while other students speak too slowly.

  • We want to speak at good pace, not too slow and not too quick.

  • How do we do that?

  • Prepare and practice.

  • If we prepare and practice answering questions, we will know what to say, and we can relax and deliver our answers at a steady pace.

  • Let's try that passage again from earlier.

  • Try reading it again.


  • How'd that go?

  • Did your pace change?

  • Remember, the more you practice, the better your pace will be.

  • Want to learn more about how to improve your score on the TOEFL?

  • Try our complete PrepScholar course at

  • And remember to subscribe to get our next lesson!

Hi, this is Jackie.

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