Some Frequently asked questions answered.
The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC®), Listening and Reading Test is used to assess non-native English proficiency and is currently used in many countries as a standard measure of English ability.

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

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

Test Length

The test takes approximately 2½ hours, with:

  • 45 minutes for Section I
  • 75 minutes for Section II
  • approximately 30 minutes to answer biographical questions


What is a good TOEIC score ?

A TOEIC® score ranges between 10 and 990. But how should you interpret your result?

Is your mark inadequate, average, good or excellent?

Your TOEIC® score Every candidate taking the TOEIC® receives a certificate showing the exam date and the mark achieved.

The certificate also specifies the scores obtained by the candidate on the listening and reading sections (each of which range between 5 and 495).

The overall score is the sum of the marks of the two exam sections. How do I interpret my TOEIC® score?

There are no international norms to interpret TOEIC® scores.

It is essential to ask the school, company or organisation requiring you to take the TOEIC the mark you need to achieve.

In some universities, students require a minimum score of 750 to qualify for an exchange in an English-speaking country.

Certain companies require an 800 or 850 on the TOEIC® taken less than 2 years before for the candidate to qualify for an international position.

However, ETS, the organisation managing the TOEIC®, offers a correlation between TOEIC® scores and the grades of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), comprised between A1 and C2:

There are several things you can do to prepare yourself for the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test, but there are no short cuts.

The more you practice, the easier it will become to get a good TOEIC® score.

  • Listen
    Listen to averything you can – Podcasts,  music, TED talks, radio, television, films and series in English. The more you listen, the more you will be able to tune into English


  • Read
    Reading is a good way to improve your vocabulary. Read as much and as often as you can –  newspapers, magazines, books, leaflets and websites — are always available. Choose things that you enjoy – don’t read things you are not interested in.


  • Use the Language Every Day in any way you can
    Take time each and every day to communicate only in English. Listen, read, speak and write in English at every chance you get. The more you use the language, the better you’ll become – naturally.


  • Keep a Personal Learning Journal
    Note things in your personal learning journal – make this a habit, it will really help you. This is a great way to organise your thoughts, your aims and objectives and think in English. Read to yourself and read out loud. This will also help you listen to how the words sound. Record yourself and try and emulate English stress, rythme, intonation and pronunciation.
TOEIC® Listening and Reading test questions are based on a variety of real-world settings and situations:

  • Corporate Development — research, product development
  • Dining Out — business lunches, banquets, receptions, reservations
  • Entertainment — cinema, theatre, music, art, exhibitions, museums, media
  • Finance and Budgeting — banking, investments, taxes, accounting, billing
  • General Business — contracts, negotiations, mergers, marketing, sales, warranties, business planning, conferences, labor relations
  • Health Care — medical insurance, visits to doctors, dentists, clinics and hospitals
  • Housing/Corporate Property — construction, specifications, buying and renting, electric and gas services
  • Human Resources — recruiting, hiring, retiring, promoting, job applications, job advertisements, salaries, pensions, awards
  • Manufacturing — assembly lines, plant management, quality control
  • The Office — procedures, board meetings, committees, letters, memos, telephone, fax and email messages, equipment
  • Purchasing — shopping, ordering supplies, shipping, invoicing
  • Technical Areas — electronics, technology, computers, laboratories and related equipment, technical specifications
  • Travel — trains, airplanes, taxis, buses, ships, ferries, tickets, schedules, station and airport announcements, car rentals, hotels, reservations, delays and cancellations
The TOEIC Listening and Reading test is not a pass-or-fail test. Test results indicate proficiency levels in listening and reading in English.
The TOEIC Listening and Reading test will enable you to:

  • verify your current level of English proficiency
  • qualify for a new position and/or promotion in a company
  • enhance your professional credentials
  • monitor your progress in English
  • set your own learning goals
  • involve your employer in advancing your English ability