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The TOEIC stands for Test of English for International Communication. It measures your ability to comprehend English in 4 sections, mainly listening and reading skills, and or your speaking and writing skills. Read the blog to know more.

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all Details about TOEIC Exam 

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TOEIC OVERVIEW

Price

US $125-$200

Length

120 minutes (receptive) or 80 minutes (productive)

Result Report

3 to 15 days

Test Location

Authorized test centers

Score Validity

2 years

 

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What is the TOEIC examination?

The TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) examination is recognized among non-native speakers as it assesses their English language skills for professional and corporate life. The managing body of the TOEIC is the Educational Testing Services (ETS).

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TOEIC 2023 EXAM FORMAT 

The exam format is based on the following two skills:

  • list items Receptive English skills (reading and listening) 
  • list items Productive English skills (speaking and writing)

The TOEIC Test comprises four subdivisions:

  1. list items Reading Test
  2. list items Listening Test
  3. list items Writing Test
  4. list items Speaking Test

There are only two parts to the examination. Writing and speaking parts come under one section while listening and reading parts under another. Also, candidates for the beginners and intermediate levels have the option to take TOEIC Bridge Test as well. 

  1. list items Listening and Reading Part
  2. list items Writing and Speaking Part
  3. list items Bridge Test (Optional)
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TOEIC Listening & Reading

A TOEIC Listening and Reading test assesses your ability to listen and read in English at work. A global workplace is simulated by test questions that are relevant to real-life situations. 

One of the most popular TOEIC tests is the reading and listening test. Taking this test on paper in a test center gives you a score between 10 and 990. Taking this test, you must score equally well on English reading and listening skills.

Test content and format

The TOEIC Listening and Reading test consist of multiple-choice questions. Each section has 100 questions with a time limit. 

Test length

2.5 hours is the total time limit to take the exam: 

  • list items 45 minutes for Section I: Listening
  • list items 75 minutes for Section II: Reading
  • list items About 30 minutes to answer biographical questions

Section I: Listening

The following questions and short conversations are recorded in English, which you must listen to, then answer based on what you have heard (100 items total). 

  • list items Part 1: Photographs
  • list items Part 2: Question-Response
  • list items Part 3: Conversations
  • list items Part 4: Talks

Section II: Reading

Take your time to read and respond to a variety of materials(100 items total).

  • list items Part 5: Incomplete Sentences
  • list items Part 6: Text Completion
  • list items Part 7: Reading Comprehension

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TOEIC Speaking & Writing

The TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests measure assesses your speaking and writing skills used in the workplace. You’ll respond to real-world questions and scenarios in spoken and written English. The tests use common everyday vocabulary, phrases, and key expressions used in a workplace environment.

You can take the Speaking and Writing tests together or separately. If you take them together with the TOEIC Listening and Reading test, you’ll get a complete measurement of all four English-language communication skills. This version of the TOEIC does not involve an examiner, rather, the student records his spoken answers to recorded or written prompts, and types his written answers for the written portion. 

TOEIC Speaking Test format

  • list items Content: 11 questions
  • list items Time: about 20 minutes
  • list items Score scale: 0–200  

 1–2 Ques

Read a text aloud

  • list items 45 seconds to prepare.
  • list items 45 seconds to read the text out loud.

 3–4 Ques

Describe a picture

  • list items Describe the picture on the screen in as much detail as possible.
  • list items 45 seconds to prepare a response.
  • list items 30 seconds to speak about the picture.

 5–7 Ques

Respond to questions

  • list items 3 seconds per question to prepare a response.
  • list items 15 seconds to respond to questions 5 and 6.
  • list items 30 seconds to respond to question 7.

8–10 Ques

Respond to questions using the information provided

  • list items 45 seconds to read the information before the questions begin.
  • list items 3 seconds per question to prepare their response.
  • list items 15 seconds to respond to questions 8 and 9.
  • list items Question 10 will be asked twice.
  • list items 30 seconds to respond to question 10.

11 Ques

Express an opinion

  • list items 45 seconds to prepare a response.
  • list items 60 seconds to speak.

TOEIC Writing Test format

  • list items Content: 8 questions
  • list items Time: about 60 minutes
  • list items Score scale: 0–200  

 1–5 Ques

Write a sentence based on a picture

  • list items With each picture, you’ll be given two words or phrases that you need to use in a sentence.
  • list items You can change the forms of the words and use the words in any order.
 6–7 Ques

Respond to a written request

  • list items Show how well you can write email responses.
  • list items 10 minutes to read and answer each email.
8 Ques

Write an opinion essay

  • list items Write an essay in response to a question that asks you to state, explain and support your opinion on an issue.
  • list items Typically, an effective essay will contain a minimum of 300 words.
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TOEIC Bridge

Designed for beginner to intermediate learners, the TOEIC Bridge® tests measure all four English-communication skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. You can use TOEIC Bridge scores to

  • list items show instructors or employers, you have the English-communication skills needed for the next academic or workplace level
  • list items establish goals for English-language learning and monitor your progress
  • list items learn which areas you need to improve

Test content and format

The TOEIC Bridge tests focus on communication tasks in everyday life and common workplace scenarios that reflect modern language uses and communication methods.

TOEIC Bridge Listening test

You’ll respond to descriptions, questions, conversations, and talks in English.

Test time: about 25 minutes

Test format: 50 multiple-choice questions grouped into 4 parts:

  • list items Part 1: Four Pictures (6 questions)
  • list items Part 2: Question-Response (20 questions)
  • list items Part 3: Conversations (10 questions)
  • list items Part 4: Talks (14 questions)  

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TOEIC Bridge Reading test

Complete sentences in written English and answer questions about short informational texts.

Test time: 35 minutes

Test format: 50 multiple-choice questions grouped into 3 parts:

  • list items Part 1: Sentence Completion (15 questions)
  • list items Part 2: Text Completion (15 questions)
  • list items Part 3: Reading Comprehension (20 questions)

TOEIC Bridge Speaking test

Read texts aloud, ask for and provide information, describe events, and give your opinion.

Test time: about 15 minutes

Test format: 8 questions grouped into 6 task types:

  • list items Read a Short Text Aloud (2 questions)
  • list items Describe a Photograph (2 questions)
  • list items Listen and Retell (1 question)
  • list items Short Interaction (1 question)
  • list items Tell a Story (1 question)
  • list items Make and Support a Recommendation (1 question)

TOEIC Bridge Writing test

Complete and write sentences, ask for and provide information, describe events, and give opinions.

Test time: about 37 minutes

Test format: 9 questions grouped into 5 task types:

  • list items Build a Sentence (3 questions)
  • list items Write a Sentence (3 questions)
  • list items Respond to a Brief Message (1 question)
  • list items Write a Narrative (1 question)
  • list items Respond to an Extended Message (1 question)
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Ownership

The TOEIC is a product of ETS, an American non-profit organization, which also makes the TOEFL, another standardized English test geared towards a more academic audience.

So this is all about the TOEIC examination. If you need more suggestions, please do comment below. 
 

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