The TOEIC tests, created and administered by an organisation based in the United States, aim to assess the candidate's linguistic knowledge in a professional context. The tests are used by employers around the world to assess a candidate’s suitability to work in an English-speaking environment.
The TOEIC format
There are two TOEIC tests that a candidate can choose to take, The TOEIC Listening and Reading Test, and the TOEIC Speaking and Writing Test.
The TOEIC Listening and Reading Test
This is a comprehension test which lasts two and a half hours, and consists of two hundred multiple choice questions divided as follows:
- Listening: 100 questions (duration: 45 minutes)
- Reading: 100 questions (duration: 1 hour 15 minutes)
The TOEIC Speaking and Writing Test
This test lasts approximately one and a half hours, and consists of:
- Speaking: 11 questions (duration: 20 minutes)
- Writing: 8 questions (duration: 60 minutes)
The TOEIC Listening and Reading test scores each section on a scale of 5-495 points, leading to an overall score of 10-990.
The TOEIC Speaking and Writing test scores each section separately on a scale of 0-200.