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In a new episode of The TOEFL Podcast, Paul Austin, head instructor at TOEFL Speaking Teacher speaks about the five skills you need to master to get 26+ on the TOEFL Speaking section.
First, Paul tells us about his work and how he created his website Toefl Speaking Teacher. He noticed that many students struggled with the TOEFL Speaking section, and there were very few good resources.
Also as he started to work with the students on the Speaking section, he noticed that a lot of students needed to get 26+ on the TOEFL Speaking section and tried to figure out what is required to get 26 on TOEFL Speaking.
As a result of his experience, he found the five skills you need to master to get 26+ on the TOEFL Speaking section.
The first skill is Fluency. Fluency is your ability to deliver a response smoothly, with minimum interruptions.
Skill number two is TOEFL Speaking Tactics: Timing, Content, Organization, and Note-taking.
The third thing Words and Phrases. You want to show the evaluator that you can speak English well, you are not using templates, you are using natural-sounding English.
Skill number four is your Accent and Intonation. It´s the most challenging one to improve because it takes more time.
Skill number five is your Pace of Speech. You need to speak fast enough, 100- 105 words on Question types 1 and 2 and about 125 in Question types 3 to 6.
A bonus skill that affects everything is Confidence. You really need to work on improving your Confidence to get 26+.
The advice that Paul gives is not to focus on the score you need to get but focus on improving those five skills. Then you’ll be good enough to get 26+
Also, Paul emphasizes, that the part of getting 26 is accepting that you haven’t been perfect in the past, but now it’s time to change, now it’s time to get professional help.