What is the TOEIC test?
The TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) uses multiple-choice questions to evaluate the aptitude of non-native speakers for communicating in English in a professional context or in international exchange situations.
Unlike the different Cambridge exams, the American exams are “thermometer” tests that instantly measure your level of English. There is no prerequisite level required to pass the TOEIC.
However, a period of preparation may be useful to obtain a good score for the TOEIC, according to your personal objectives.
What does the TOEIC involve?
The TOEIC lasts two hours and is made up of 200 multiple choice questions:
- 100 listening comprehension questions using audio equipment.
- 100 written comprehension questions.
The TOEIC questions are based on authentic examples taken from international professional situations (meetings, travel, interviews, telephone conversations, etc.). You will obtain a separate mark (the score varies between 5 and 495 points) for listening comprehension and written comprehension. Your final score will therefore be between 10 and 990 points.
Along with your results, you will receive a grid for interpreting the scores so that you can locate your level and identify the tasks that you need to work on in order to correct your faults and progress in English. (To print the interpretation grid, download Acrobat Reader free of charge).
How do you sit for the TOIEC?
Nothing could be easier! The TOIEC can be taken anywhere and at any time.
You are therefore free to sit the TOEIC:
- internally, in your place of work, training or study
- in open sessions throughout Europe
- in authorised training centres
- in the offices of TOEIC representatives.
The corrections are made:
- in 10 working days and then sent out by courier.
- in 3 working days for the express service
Created in 1979 at the request of the Japanese Minister for Foreign Industry and Trade (MITI), the TOEIC test was designed in the United States by the psychometric centre ETS (Educational Testing Service), recognised worldwide for the quality and reliability of its tests.
A standardised test that produces reliable results time after time, the TOEIC evaluates the language skills of students of all levels (beginner to advanced), in all professions and all socio-professional categories.