TPO 20 - Question 3Energy costs reach sky-high levelsHeating prices, and the university’s heating bills, reached record-high level this year. In an effort to reduce heating costs, the university decides to lower the temperature in classroom buildings on

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TPO 20 - Question 3

Energy costs reach sky-high levels

Heating prices, and the university’s heating bills, reached record-high level this year. In an effort to reduce heating costs, the university decides to lower the temperature in classroom buildings on weekends and on workdays after five P.M., when the day’s classes have officially ended. Because class will not be in session at these times, the reduced heat will not have negative impact on students and their studies. The university considers it essential that the cost-saving measures not interfere with student activities.

1. What's on earth is the university thinking?
2. Eh, what do you mean?
3. Well, those building aren't just used for classes.
4. That's where my evening study group usually meets.
5. Oh, of course that's true, but you could go to the library instead.
6. Yeah, but the library only has a few rooms that people can use for group meetings, which is why classrooms have been so convenient.
7. But now if it's winter and cold, where can we go?
8. Right, in the middle of winter, forget it or even if it's just kind of cold out.
9. It'd be pretty unpleasant.
10. But still they obviously have to do something about the situation.
11. Oh, I agree.
12. They have to do something but they should find a solution that isn't so disruptive to academic nevertheless.
13. Such as?
14. Well, for one if they replaced all those old windows, they are so drafty, they let the cold in and if they insulated the buildings better, these are really old building.
15. Charing but.
16. But not at all enegy-efficent.
17. Yeah, you are probably right.
18. There are some really basic improvements they could make that'd make a huge difference in the long term that could solve the problem and still leave us somewhere to study.

Speaking recording
Average: 8.3 (1 vote)
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Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments

Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 648.0 593.389002037 109% => OK
No of words: 161.0 154.784114053 104% => OK
Chars per words: 4.0248447205 3.82920900774 105% => OK
Fourth root words length: 3.56210296601 3.52088357496 101% => OK
Word Length SD: 2.0909456108 1.81998168104 115% => OK
Unique words: 99.0 93.7942973523 106% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.614906832298 0.608046397892 101% => OK
Syllable count: 206.1 185.724439919 111% => OK
Avg_syllables_per_word: 1.3 1.20224032587 108% => OK

Performance on coherence:
Topic speech coherence ratio: 0.0576030082573 0.0833886788687 69% => OK

Acoustic performance on paragraphs:
How many acoustic paragraphs: 3.0 3.90020366599 77% => OK
Average paragraph length: 53.6666666667 71.3690273242 75% => OK
STD paragraph length: 32.427697352 24.1299301424 134% => OK
Average paragraph duration: 18.2466666667 26.8388033085 68% => OK
STD paragraph duration: 10.5695453492 8.89323425527 119% => OK

Acoustic performance on sentences:
How many acoustic sentences: 31.0 40.266802444 77% => OK
Average acoustic sentence length: 5.1935483871 4.20756893501 123% => OK
STD acoustic sentence length: 4.83548279498 3.23972648638 149% => OK
Average acoustic sentences duration: 1.64258064516 1.51236819293 109% => OK
STD acoustic sentences duration: 1.39628763037 1.0352206224 135% => OK

Acoustic performance on acoustic silence:(An acoustic silence means a little pause between two or more words)
How many acoustic silence: 31.0 37.9022403259 82% => OK
Total acoustic silence duration: 4.82 7.22384928717 67% => OK
Average acoustic silence duration: 0.155483870968 0.193825474362 80% => OK
STD acoustic silence duration: 0.135285569163 0.16431695912 82% => OK

Acoustic performance on acoustic words:
Total word duration: 45.09 46.6644602851 97% => OK
Average word duration: 0.280062111801 0.304040633073 92% => OK
STD word duration: 0.158797878854 0.193491353168 82% => OK

Disfluencies: like hesitations, or 'ehn' or taking a long time to pronounce a word:
How many disfluencies: 8.0 8.88594704684 90% => OK
Total_disfluencies_duration: 5.71 6.97134419552 82% => OK
Total acoustic noise duration: 2.82 3.21433808554 88% => OK

Acoustic rates:
Total speech duration: 54.74 59.1375356415 93% => Talk more. Do not save time. People can talk 4-5 words in one second.
Compare to expected duration: 0.912333333333 0.985625594026 93% => Some seconds left. Need to talk more.
Rate of silence: 0.566313481915 0.643888735843 88% => OK
Rate of speech: 2.94117647059 2.61565628039 112% => OK
Rate of speech by unique words: 1.80854950676 1.58604529434 114% => OK
Rate of word duration by unique words: 2.19560878244 2.01333574461 109% => OK
Average articulation rates: 0.377499062112 0.322651457988 117% => OK


Rates: 83.3333333333 out of 100
Scores by speech e-grader: 25.0 Out of 30
Note: the speech e-grader does NOT examine the meaning of words and ideas.

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