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TOEIC Exam 101

TOEIC Test Tips and Information


TOEIC Exam 101

What Is the TOEIC?

The TOEIC or Test of English for International Communication, is a standardized, paper-and-pencil test given to non-native English speakers.

Who Uses TOEIC Results?

  • Corporations and government agencies recruiting new hires
  • Educational institutions establishing placement in English classes.

What Is on the TOEIC?

The traditional TOEIC only tests two skills: Listening and Reading. However, ETS, the makers of the TOEIC, have added a TOEIC Speaking and Writing Test to bolster the useful information a corporation may need to assess the competency of a job applicant. So technically, you should be prepared to showcase all four skills in English. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect to see on the traditional TOEIC:

TOEIC Speaking and Writing Test Information

How Long is the TOEIC?

  • About 2 ½ hours
  • 45 minutes for TOEIC Listening
  • 70 minutes for TOEIC Reading
  • 30 minutes to complete a biographical profile

How Do You Register for the TOEIC?

TOEIC Listening

Many test-takers believe that the Listening portion of the TOEIC is the most difficult part of the test, even though it only runs approximately 45 minutes. Why? Both the questions (100 of them) and possible responses for Parts 1 and 2 are only spoken not printed. Parts 3 and 4 contain questions that are both printed and spoken, so it’s a little easier.

The TOEIC Listening Details

TOEIC Reading

Sharpen up those vocabulary, grammar, parts of speech and comprehension skills, because the Reading Comprehension section is a doozy. ETS has redesigned sections of the TOEIC, so if you’ve looked at prep material before 2008, you should know there have been a few changes. You’ll sit for 70 minutes, and answer a total of 100 questions.

The TOEIC Reading Details

How Is the TOEIC Scored?

Both the Reading section and the Listening section can earn you between 5 and 495 points on a scaled score range, so your total score can be anywhere from a 10 - 990. You'll receive a raw score from your correct answers, and that raw score will be converted to the scaled score. Raw score to scale score details aren't published, but you can determine what your score means, here:

What's a Good TOEIC Score?

How Do You Prepare for the TOEIC?

Besides reading the TOEIC handbook which is an absolute must since it is filled with example questions, detailed scoring info, testing locations and more, you can try these, too:

  • Free Practice TOEIC: Try out each section before the big day. Some of the sections are based on the old TOEIC, which still might be offered in your area, but since most of the TOEIC sections haven’t changed, the practice test is still useful. Practice makes perfect, right?
  • Tutors: For about fifteen to thirty bucks an hour, you can hire an online tutor with expertise in the TOEIC to work your way through those text completions and vocabulary mix-ups. Just be sure to check their backgrounds before you sign up.
  • Books: Good old-fashioned paper is the way to go, especially if you need a little more face-time with the questions and solutions.

The TOEIC test is the first step; next, rule the world. Good luck to you in your quest!

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