TOEIC – Basics to Score High

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TOEIC, the Test of English for International Communication, is produced by ETS (Educational Testing Service), US. TOEIC test questions are based on real-life work settings in an international environment (meetings, travel, telephone conversations, etc).

In most Vietnamese universities, TOEIC is conducted to evaluate first year students’ English proficiency as well as to assess their progress in English in the course of their studying at the university. All students whose foreign language is English sooner or later will have this test. For the freshmen at Foreign Trade University, the TOEIC score is especially important since it determines whether the student will have to take the English course in the first year or not (Those who have taken IELTS or TOEFL can use these scores instead). The TOEIC score of at least 600 (this may vary) is also the requirement for the students who want to sign up for the high quality or advanced study programs.

Now that you understand the importance of the TOEIC, don’t hesitate to begin reading this article on the crucial notes in doing this test.

There are currently two different types of TOEIC tests:

  • The TOEIC Listening and Reading Test
  • The TOEIC Speaking and Writing Test

Each test is administered separately. Originally, the TOEIC test only consisted of a Listening and Reading test. Then, from around May 2006, changes were made in the test as offered in Japan and Korea, where the test is extremely popular. At Foreign Trade University of Hanoi, Vietnam, the latter test hasn’t been conducted, so for now we’ll focus on the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test.


TOEIC LISTENING FORMAT

The Listening section of the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test is paper-and-pencil based but at FTU it is computer based, so you should have the basic computer skills like using the mouse or so. The test lasts about 45 minutes and contains 100 questions, although at FTU the duration of the test may vary. It is divided into four parts:

PHOTOGRAPHS

In this part, you see a photograph and hear four statements about it. The photo itself may portray people, things, actions and locations. You must select the sentence which best describes what you see in the picture. Scan the picture to define the main information it bears and then read the four statements carefully. You will hear the sentences only once, and must make your choice immediately after that, or else you’ll miss hearing information related to the next picture.

QUESTION-RESPONSE

Questions are asked about almost any subject related to people, events, location, time, emotions, reasons, opinions or activities. You need to choose the corresponding answers that makes sense.

SHORT CONVERSATION

In this part, you hear a short dialogue, followed by a brief general question about the conversation. You then must choose from four possible answers, which may be related to an activity, location, relationship, or emotion of the speakers.

SHORT TALKS

In this part, you hear a short monologue such as a weather forecast, announcement or bulletin. You then need to choose an answer related to the speaker, location, time, reason, or event.


TOEIC READING FORMAT

The reading section of the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test can be given in the following forms:

INCOMPLETE SENTENCES

In this multiple-choice section, you need to choose the best answer to complete a sentence. Your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary are both important in helping you understand the correct context of the sentence and in choosing the right answer. For example, you must be familiar with word forms such as nouns, adjectives, adverbs, etc. to know which one fits the sentence correctly.

ERROR RECOGNITION

This part has been eliminated in the New TOEIC Listening and Reading Test, but still remains in the older version, used in many parts of the world. It is the section which tests your knowledge of grammar and its impact on the meaning of the sentence.

TEXT COMPLETION (NEW TOEIC TEST)

Here, you will be asked to fill in the blanks, as in the incomplete sentences section above. The difference is that the blanks are part of longer pieces of writing such as a letter.

READING COMPREHENSION

The reading comprehension section presents texts taken from a wide variety of contexts such as bulletins, advertisements, reports, tables, announcements, memos, etc. A number of questions follow. Reading skills such as skimming, scanning and understanding vocabulary in context are all useful here.

Source: Good Luck TOEIC


Well, after getting to know the test, don’t you think it’s time you put what you’veperceived to practice? English club of Foreign Trade University thinks so, too – we have prepared sample TOEIC tests for you - here.

And here’s a sample full test - http://www.ec-ftu.org/esl/test.php.

Have a good time! ;-)


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