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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Important information about the TOEIC

TOEIC® - Test of English for International CommunicationTM

The global standard for measuring English language skills for business

More than 4.5 million people each year take the TOEIC tests to advance their careers. And, for more than 25 years, TOEIC test scores have helped thousands of corporations, educational institutions and governments throughout the world recruit, hire and promote the most qualified candidates.

The new TOEIC Speaking and Writing Tests have been added to the TOEIC English-language learning product line. They complement the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test for a full assessment of a person's ability to communicate in English across all four language skills.

In Colombia people can present the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test.

What Is TOEIC?

The Test of English for International Communication™ (TOEIC®) is an English language test designed specifically to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment.

Who Takes It And Why?

Nonnative English speakers take the test to demonstrate English proficiency when applying for new positions and obtaining credentials.

Where Do People Take It?

The test is given at open public sessions, and at companies and language schools around the world.

Who Accepts It?

The test is widely accepted by corporations, English-language programs, and government agencies around the world.

  • Corporations use TOEIC test to document progress in English training programs, recruit and promote employees, and put standard measurements in place across locations.
  • English Programs use it to place students at the right learning levels, and show student progress and program effectiveness.
  • Government agencies use it to document progress in English language courses, and to recruit, promote and hire employees.

Testing Format

The TOEIC test is a paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice assessment that uses audiocassettes, pictures, and written materials to evaluate English-language skills.

Test Content

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

Section I: Listening

Examinees listen to a variety of questions and short conversations recorded in English, then answer questions based on what they heard.

  • Part 1: Photographs (20 items)
  • Part 2: Question - Response (30 items)
  • Part 3: Short Conversations (30 items)
  • Part 4: Short Talks (20 items)

Section II: Reading

Examinees read a variety of materials and respond at their own pace to questions based on the content.

  • Part 5: Incomplete Sentences (40 items)
  • Part 6: Error Recognition (20 items)
  • Part 7: Reading Comprehension (40 items)

Test Length

The test lasts approximately 2 ½ hours. Examinees have:

  • 45 minutes for Section I
  • 75 minutes for Section II, and
  • the remaining time to respond to biographical questions and a brief questionnaire about education and work history.
Taken from the ETS webpage www.ets.org.

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