WHAT IS TOEIC?


About TOEIC® Tests

The TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) test is an English-language proficiency test for people whose native language is not English. It measures the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment. The scores indicate how well people can communicate in English with others in business, commerce, and industry. The test does not require specialized knowledge or vocabulary beyond that of a person who uses English in everyday work activities.

The TOEIC® Tests— the Global Standard for Assessing English Proficiency for Business

The TOEIC® tests:

  • Help businesses build a more effective workforce
  • Give job seekers and employees a competitive edge
  • Enable universities to better prepare students for the international workplace

Organizations and job seekers around the world trust TOEIC scores to help them get ahead of the competition.

“We choose the TOEIC test since it is the world’s common English test, and we can identify the score as a world standard. The first advantage the TOEIC test offers our company is evaluating and classifying the English level of our staff, therefore arranging positions accordingly. Secondly, a TOEIC score is one of our standards when recruiting new staff and it measures how much time our staff is spending on developing themselves.”
Koji Kikuchi, Chief Representative, NEC Logistics, Vietnam

For more than 30 years, 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 programs in 120 countries, and more than 6 million TOEIC tests were administered last year.

Workplace Assessments that Meet Business Needs

TOEIC test questions simulate real-life situations that are relevant to the global workplace. Score reports provide accurate, meaningful feedback about a test-taker’s strengths and weaknesses, along with a description of the English-language strengths typical of test-takers performing at various score levels. This allows employers to:

  • Relate test scores to the tasks employees may perform on the job
  • Use the descriptions to inform critical hiring and placement decisions
  • Select the employee with the English-language abilities the job requires

Additionally, ETS’s ongoing research helps ensure that the TOEIC tests are accurate and relevant to today’s changing global workplace, which helps internationally competitive companies hire, place and promote the right candidates year after year.

Standardized Testing Means Reliable Results

TOEIC test scores provide accurate, reliable measurement of English proficiency — they can be compared regardless of where or when the test is administered. For example, last year’s scores of a test taker in Japan can be compared with this year’s scores of a test taker in Korea. Because test takers of any background can be compared fairly, companies can use the TOEIC tests to make the most informed decisions and build a more diverse workforce.

TOEIC Test Format

The TOEIC test is a two-hour multiple-choice test that consists of 200 questions divided into two sections:

◾ Listening Section: The Listening section tests how well you understand spoken English. It consists of four parts and contains 100 questions administered by audiocassette or CD. You will be asked to answer questions based on a variety of statements, questions, conversations, and talks recorded in English. Total time: approximately 45 minutes.

◾ Reading Section: The Reading section includes three parts, testing how well you understand written English.
You will read a variety of materials and respond at your own pace to 100 questions based on the content of the materials provided to you. Total time: 75 minutes.
Following several years of E T S research, the TOEIC test has recently been redesigned. The new test features the same test time (2 hours; 45 minutes for Listening and 75 minutes for Reading), the same paper and pencil administration, and the same range of difficulty as the previous test. The score scale is also the same, and scores can be compared across both versions of the test. The following charts outline the major changes in the test:

TOEIC LISTENING
REDESIGNED TOEIC
Listening Comprehension: 100 itemsListening Comprehension: 100 items
Photographs: 20 questionsPhotographs: 10 questions
Question-Response: 30 questionsQuestion-Response: 30 questions
Short Conversations: 30 questions;
30 conversations with 1 question each
Short Conversations: 30 questions;
10 conversations with 3 question each
Talks: 20 questionsTalks: 30 questions;
10 talks with 3 questions each
TOEIC RRADING
REDESIGNED TOEIC
Reading Comprehension: 100 itemsReading Comprehension: 100 items
Incomplete Sentences: 40 questionsIncomplete Sentences: 40 questions
Error Recognition: 20 questionsText Completion: 12 questions
Reading Comprehension: 40 questionsSingle Passages: 28 questions;
7-10 reading texts with 2-5 questions each
Double Passages: 20 questions;
4 pairs of reading texts with 5 questions per pair