Everything You Need to Know about the TOEIC Exam

Everything You Need to Know about the TOEIC Exam

There are plenty of different tests that you can take to measure your English language skills or to prove your English proficiency to schools and employers. Last week, we talked about the TOEFL exam and what you can expect. This week, we will discuss the TOEIC, another test that measures your proficiency in English. However, while the TOEFL is more academic-based and more difficult, the TOEIC examines professional and business-related English. 

The TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) exam allows you to test your current English level proficiency. Companies around the world use the TOEIC as a benchmark for determining job candidates’ ability to communicate in English, so having a high TOEIC score can help to make you a strong candidate for job opportunities with global organizations. 

The test is split into two parts: the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test and the TOEIC Speaking and Writing Test. Each test is scored differently. 

The TOEIC Reading and Listening tests are scored on a 990 point scale. It is a paper-based test you can take to measure your proficiency in English listening and reading from beginner to advanced level. This section has 100 questions and takes about 2.5 hours. The first section is listening. You will have 45 minutes to listen to a variety of short conversations in English and answer the related questions. The second section is reading. You will have 75 minutes to read all of the different materials and then respond to the questions. 

The TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests are scored between 0-200. It is an online test that assesses your proficiency in English speaking and writing from beginner to advanced level. It will test your vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, fluency, coherence, and organization of sentences.  This section only has 11 questions and takes about 20 minutes. You will need to respond to real-world situations in spoken and written language. Each question will give you specific directions for your response, so be careful and make sure that you speak clearly and use all of the time that you are given. 

Preparing for the TOEIC exam takes lots of work. You should listen to English often by watching English television or listening to English podcasts and music. In addition, you should read English books or articles as well as practice writing every day through a daily journal or by having a pen pal. Last, you should consistently practice speaking English with others every chance you get. By practicing all of these communications skills daily, it will help you gain the confidence and skills needed to do well on the exam. 

If you are preparing for the TOEIC exam and would like some extra help, we offer a great TOEIC preparation program . It is an intensive, 20 hours per week course that helps students prepare for both sections of the TOEIC exam. Students will have ample opportunities to learn and practice many test-taking strategies to ensure success on the exam. 

To find more information, go to our  TOEIC preparation class page , or email us at info@aels.edu today!

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Published on October 21, 2020

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