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TOEIC Test Content

LISTENING AND READING

The TOEIC® Listening and Reading test is a paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice assessment. There are two timed sections of 100 questions each. For more detailed information on test content, please see pages two and three of the TOEIC® Listening and Reading Examinee Handbook (PDF).

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Section I: Listening

Test takers listen to a variety of questions and short conversations recorded in English, then answer questions based on what they have heard (100 items total).

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

Section II: Reading

Test takers read a variety of materials and respond at their own pace (100 items total).

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

Test Length

The test takes approximately 2½ hours, with:

  • 45 minutes for Section I
  • 75 minutes for Section II
  • approximately 30 minutes to answer biographical questions

SPEAKING AND WRITING

The TOEIC® tests assess language skills that are 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.

The TOEIC Speaking Test Format

  • Content: 11 questions
  • Time: approximately 20 minutes
  • Score scale: 0 – 200

The test is designed to provide information about language ability of speakers across a range of English proficiency.

The table below shows how tasks are organized:

Questions

Task

Evaluation Criteria

1 – 2

Read a text aloud

  • Pronunciation
  • Intonation and stress

3

Describe a picture

All of the above, plus

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Cohesion

4 – 6

Respond to questions

All of the above, plus

  • Relevance of content
  • Completeness of content

7 – 9

Respond to questions using information provided

All of the above

10

Propose a solution

All of the above

11

Express an opinion

All of the above

The TOEIC Writing Test Format

  • Content: 8 questions
  • Time: approximately 60 minutes
  • Score Scale: 0 – 200

The test is designed to provide useful information about test takers across a broad range of English proficiency levels.

The table below shows how the tasks are organized:

Questions

Task

Evaluation Criteria

1 – 5

Write a sentence based on a picture

  • Grammar
  • Relevance of the sentences to the pictures

6 – 7

Respond to a written request

  • Quality and variety of your sentences
  • Vocabulary
  • Organization

8

Write an opinion essay

  • Whether your opinion is supported with reasons and/or examples
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Organization