What is the TOEIC test?

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The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)

enables universities to better prepare students for the international workplace.

The TOEIC test has set the standard for assessing English-language skills used in the workplace. Today TOEIC test scores are used by over 10,000 companies, government agencies and English Language Learning programmes in 120 countries.”

ETS says,

Structure and Scoring

Listening and Reading Test (TOEIC L&R)  is a paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice assessment with two timed sections of 100 questions each.

1. Listening

Format: 100 questions

Topic: Part 1: Photographs, Part 2: Question-Response, Part 3: Conversations, Part 4: Short Talks

Time: 45 minutes

Score: 5-495

2. Reading

Format: 100 questions

Topic: Part 5: Incomplete Sentences, Part 6: Error Recognition or Text Completion, Part 7: Reading Comprehension

Time: 75 minutes

Score: 5-495

Overall score of TOEIC L&R: 10-990


Speaking and Writing Test (TOEIC S&W) assesses language skills used in daily life and the workplace. Test takers speak and write in English and give their responses to real-world questions and scenarios. The tests use common everyday vocabulary, phrases and key expressions.

1. Speaking

Format: 11 questions

Topic: Read a text aloud, Describe a picture, Respond to questions, Propose a solution, Express an opinion

Time: 20 minutes

Score: 0-200

2. Writing

Format: 8 questions

Topic: Write a sentence based on a picture, Respond to a written request, Write an opinion essay

Time: 60 minutes

Score: 0-200

Overall score of TOEIC S&W: 0-400

Testing time for the whole test is around 2 hours 30 minutes.

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You can register online on www.etsglobal.org.

Testing and Score Reporting

For testing locations, contact a Local ETS Preferred Network Office. Test fees vary from country to country. Scores are valid for two years.

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