Do you speak English as a Second Language, and do you need to take the TOEFL iBT exam? Whether you plan to become a pharmacist, a nurse, a doctor, or a physical therapist, four widely respected and high-paying US jobs, you not only need to take the TOEFL iBT, but you also need to score 26/30 points on the speaking section of the test. Knowing your goal, you may have already tried to pass the speaking section but have fallen short. Did you score 24 points? 25? 23? It may be time for you to talk to a TOEFL iBT speaking specialist who, using the rubrics used to grade your speaking tasks, will diagnose your speaking in three areas: delivery, language use, and topic development.


In considering this criterion, you should have your pronunciation evaluated to make sure that your speech is clear, well-paced, and having little to no problems in pronunciation. Many of my online students, who, after taking a pronunciation diagnostic pre-test, are characterized as having problems in at least one of the following areas: vowel sounds, consonant sounds, grammatical word endings, and syllable division, sentence rhythm, intonation, word stress, thought groups, and blending. They then work on targeted pronunciation lessons until these pronunciation and intonation problems do not affect their overall intelligibility. Are pronunciation and intonation problems preventing you from passing the speaking section?

Language Use

Another criterion by which you will be evaluated is your effective use of grammar and vocabulary. In other words, how automatically or naturally do you speak English? Avoiding awkward and non-native speaker-like grammar and vocabulary, you speak fluent English. Once a speaking specialist determines that you have a problem with your language use, you will be given a series of vocabulary and grammar building lessons so that you learn how to use a combination of basic and more advanced grammar and vocabulary.

Also, when studying your grammar lessons, you should pay particular attention to the appropriateness of the grammar you are using. Sometimes, for instance, it is more appropriate to use simple grammar; in other cases, it may be more appropriate to use complex grammar. For example, a simple sentence consisting of a single subject and a verb is used to emphasize important ideas in your speech. Compound and complex sentences may be used when you are combining two or more ideas which are not important enough to stand alone as separate simple sentences. During TOEFL iBT speaking tasks, do you use a combination of simple and advanced vocabulary and grammar?

Topic Development

The final criterion that ETS uses to evaluate your speaking tasks is topic development. Furthermore, you will need to create some templates that you can use for the six speaking tasks and practice them often BEFORE you take the official exam. As a result, you can articulate and develop your ideas consistently; allowing TOEFL iBT human evaluators to more easily see how your different ideas connect. In addition, by showing an obvious progression, he develops his ideas into three levels of coherent meaning: the main idea, the ideas of support and the details. Finally, in addition to being able to develop and organize your ideas consistently, you must make sure to answer the question positively. In the case of independent tasks, you must support your response by giving your opinion.


In the final analysis, scoring higher than 26/30 points on TOEFL iBT speaking will require a consistent effort between you and a TOEFL iBT speaking specialist until you can meet the delivery, language use, and topic development requirements of the TOEFL iBT.