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Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC®)

The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC®) is an English language test designed specifically to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment. This test has been used as a standard for establishing business English writing skills and spoken English proficiency for nonnative English speaking people for 30 years.

The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC®) is an English language test designed specifically to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment. This test has been used as a standard for establishing business English writing skills and spoken English proficiency for nonnative English speaking people for 30 years.


Advance your career

English is the language of global opportunity. For 30 years, the TOEIC tests have helped millions of people qualify for the best employment opportunities. Your TOEIC scores can help to:

 

  • make you a stronger candidate for job opportunities with global organizations;
  • demonstrate your ability to communicate across borders and cultures with coworkers and clients;
  • positively affect hiring decisions and other employment opportunities;
  • help you obtain new opportunities within a company.


Today over 10,000 organizations in 120 countries use the TOEIC test to determine which candidates have the English language skills to succeed in the global workplace.


Listening & Reading Test

The TOEIC Listening and Reading test is a valid assessment of English-language reading and listening skills for the workplace. Employers worldwide use the TOEIC test to determine who can communicate effectively in English across borders and cultures with coworkers and clients.


Test Content

The TOEIC® Listening and Reading test is a paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice assessment. There are two timed sections of 100 questions each.


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).


Section II: Reading

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


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


Scores

Test Scores
Scores on the TOEIC Listening and Reading test are determined by the number of correct answers, which is converted to a scaled score. These scores are used to measure how well you might do in real-life situations where you are required to listen and read in English.


Score Validity
Scores are used to measure a test taker’s English proficiency at the time that a test is administered. Because English-language skills may improve or decline over time, a score report will not be re-issued if two years have passed since taking the test. ETS does not require testing centers to retain test administration data beyond two years.


Speaking & Writing Test

The TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests are valid assessments of Englishlanguage speaking and writing skills for the workplace. In today’s competitive global job market:

 

  • Speaking skills are important for effective presentations, face-to-face communication, meetings, videoconferencing, teleconferencing and telephone
  • Writing skills are necessary for clear, persuasive emails and other forms of business correspondence.


The TOEIC tests assess language skills that are used in daily life and the workplace. Test takers speak and write in English their responses to real-world questions and scenarios. The tests use common everyday vocabulary, phrases and key expressions used in business. You do not need specific business knowledge to do well on the test.


Scores

The TOEIC® Speaking and Writing test responses are scored based on specific evaluation criteria. A total scaled score is then provided. Scores fall into ranges called “proficiency levels,” which summarize specific skill strengths and weaknesses.


Scores arrive in three to four weeks.


Difference between TOEFL and TOEIC

Research by Educational Testing Service indicates a fairly strong relationship between TOEIC and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). While the two tests are broadly related in that they both measure English proficiency, the purposes, uses, scales, and context of the two tests are different. TOEFL has multiple choice questions similar to TOEIC, but it also tests writing and speaking ability. TOEFL is used to test university students and covers a wider range of vocabulary than TOEIC. TOEIC evaluates English proficiency for the global workplace and TOEFL for those pursuing academic studies.


More information can be found at www.ets.org/toeic
Source: www.ets.org/toeic

 

Read more about TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).