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TOEIC "Listening & Reading"

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TOEIC Listening & Reading Purpose

This assessment provides a standard measure through which aspiring professionals can demonstrate their command of the English language. Specifically, the TOEIC Listening & Reading Exam was designed for workers whose first language is not English.

Communication skills, especially listening and reading comprehension, are essential to employees in an international workplace, and this exam allows employers an objective measure of a potential (or current) worker's abilities.

The test is commonly used when hiring or promoting workers and provides a way to identify qualified candidates when assigning overseas positions.

TOEIC Listening & Reading Exam Format

The TOEIC is a paper-based exam that is divided into a pair of subtests, which focus on listening and reading, respectively. Questions on the exam cover a range of settings and situations that might be encountered in everyday life, which can include dining out, health care, entertainment, human resources, travel plans, manufacturing, finance and budgeting, housing property, and much more.

Section 1 is devoted to the listening component. Candidates will hear a variety of sound recordings in English and will then be required to answer 100 multiple-choice questions about the recordings. This subtest is divided into four parts:

  • Part 1: Photographs

  • Part 2: Question-Response

  • Part 3: Conversations

  • Part 4: Short Talks

Section 2 gauges test-takers' reading comprehension skills. Here, candidates will read passages and excerpts of text and respond to 100 multiple-choice questions. This subtest is divided into three parts:


  • Part 5: Incomplete Sentences

  • Part 6: Error Recognition or Text Completion

  • Part 7: Reading Comprehension


Passing Standards

A candidate's final score is determined by the total number of correct answers, which is then converted to a scaled score.

It is not possible to pass or fail the exam. Test examiners merely grade exams and issue a proficiency level based on the final score. Standards are instead determined by individual employers or businesses.




The total length of the Listening & Reading assessment is about two and a half hours. Test takers will have 45 minutes to complete Section 1 and 75 minutes to complete Section 2. Candidates will also need to spend about 30 minutes answering a series of biographical questions.


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