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About TOEIC®

The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC®) measures the ability of non-native English-speaking examinees to use English in everyday workplace activities. It is designed specifically to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment. It has become one of the most important tests and a benchmark of English workplace ability for those entering English speaking companies, worldwide.


TOEIC® Listening & Reading Test

The TOEIC® Listening & Reading Test is a two-hour multiple-choice test consisting of 200 questions evenly divided into listening comprehension and reading comprehension. Each candidate receives independent scores for written and listening comprehension on a scale from 5 to 495 points. The total score adds up to a scale from 10 to 990 points. The TOEIC® certificate exists in five colors, corresponding to achieved results:


  1. orange (10–215)

  2. brown (220–465)

  3. green (470–725)

  4. blue (730–855)

  5. gold (860–990)


TOEIC® Speaking & Writing Test

The TOEIC® Speaking & Writing Test was introduced in 2006. Test takers receive separate scores for each of the two tests, or can take the Speaking test without taking the Writing test. The Speaking test assesses pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and fluency, while the Writing test examines vocabulary, grammar, and overall coherence and organization. The tests are designed to reflect actual English usage in the workplace, though they do not require any knowledge of specialized business terms. The TOEIC® Speaking Test takes approximately 20 minutes to complete; the TOEIC® writing test lasts approximately 60 minutes. Each test has a score range between 0-200, with test takers grouped into eight proficiency levels.


Institutional TOEIC® Test

In addition to the official TOEIC® tests, there are also versions that individual businesses and educational institutions can purchase for internal use. These "Institutional" TOEIC® tests can be administered at the organization's own choice of location and time to their employees or students.


The New TOEIC Tests

A new version of the TOEIC® Listening & Reading test was released in 2006. The changes can be summarized as follows:

Overall, passages are longer.

Part 1 has fewer questions involving photograph descriptions.   

The Listening Section hires speakers of English from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and North America, and uses an equal distribution of the dialects. However all the voice actors for the speaking test have lived in the United States for an extended period.

Part 6 no longer contains an error-spotting task, criticised as unrealistic in a corporate environment, instead adopting the use of a task wherein the test taker fills in blanks in incomplete sentences.

Part 7 contains not only single-passage questions but also double-passage questions wherein the test taker reads and compares the two related passages, such as an e-mail correspondence.


According to a survey conducted in 2006 by the Institute for International Business Communication. 56.8% of the respondents who took both the older and the revised versions of the TOEIC® test in Japan find the latter version more difficult. 2006 also saw the addition of TOEIC® Speaking & Writing tests. In 2007 there were additional changes to the TOEIC® Reading & Listening test that decreased emphasis on knowledge of grammatical rules.


TOEIC® in Japan

The Institute for International Business Communication operates the TOEIC® test in Japan, where a total of nearly 1.5 million people take the test per year. There are two ways to take the TOEIC® test properly. One is called the TOEIC® SP Test (Secure Program Test), in which one can take the test either individually or in a group on specified dates at a test centre specified by the TOEIC® Steering Committee. The other is the TOEIC® IP Test (Institutional Program Test), in which an organization can choose the date and administer the test at its convenience in accordance with the TOEIC® Steering Committee. The TOEIC® SP Test was renewed on May 2006, followed by the TOEIC IP Test in April 2007 in line so that it would be with the SP Test. More and more companies use TOEIC scores for personnel assessment instead of the homegrown STEP Eiken test organized by the Society for Testing English Proficiency (STEP). The TOEIC® Speaking Test/Writing Test started on January 21, 2007 in addition to the TOEIC® SP Test and the TOEIC® IP Test.


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