TOEIC Listening and Reading Test

Say what? That´s right! When someone authority figure tell you that you will have to get 166 or higher "the TOEIC" in January, you'd better ask which TOEIC! There are three TOEIC tests: TOEIC Listening and Reading Test, TOEIC Speaking and Writing Test and the TOEIC Bridge Test.

Important note: The worldwide rollout of the TOEIC Listening and Reading test updates will take place over several months, beginning in April 2018 for public test sessions, and availability will vary by country.

  • United States and Canada: You will begin taking the updated version of the test in April 2018. For more information, email or call 1-609-771-7170.

  • All other countries: Please contact your local ETS Preferred Network office to determine which version of the test you will be taking, so you know which preparation materials to use.

Official Test Preparation Tips

There are several things you can do every day to prepare for the TOEIC Listening and Reading test. The more you practice, the easier it gets.

  • Listening closely to the words in music, online broadcasts, radio, television and movies in English is a great way to improve your listening skills in English. The more you listen, the more you will understand vocabulary, idioms and expressions. Music helps you acquire the rhythm and stress patterns of spoken English.

  • Reading is the best way to improve your vocabulary. English-language reading materials — newspapers, magazines, books and websites — are always available. Choose your favorites! Read materials that genuinely interest you and are not too challenging.

  • Use the language every day. Each day, set some time aside to communicate only in English. Listen, read, speak and write in English every chance you get. The more you use the language, the better you'll become.

  • Keep a journal. Write down what happens in your life every day. This is a great way to think in English. Read to yourself and read out loud. This will also help you listen to how the words sound.

Your scores will be kept by the test center for 2 years. After that your score might be discarded and there will be know way to confirm your score beyond what you have on our documentation.

Test Format

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

The TOEIC Listening and Reading test takes about 2½ hours, with:

  • 45 minutes for Section I

  • 75 minutes for Section II

  • approximately 30 minutes to answer biographical questions

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).

  • Part 1: Photographs

  • Part 2: Question-Response

  • Part 3: Conversations

  • Part 4: Short Talks

Section II: Reading

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

  • Part 5: Incomplete Sentences

  • Part 6: Error Recognition or Text Completion

  • Part 7: Reading Comprehension

Examinee Handbook for the Listening and Reading Test (pdf)

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