YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE TOEIC®
LISTENING AND READING TESTS
WITH TELELANGUE, YOU TOO CAN ACHIEVE TOEIC®CERTIFICATION
With Telelangue, you too can achieve TOEIC certification.
The TOEIC, or Test Of English for International Communication, is one of the most sought-after foreign language qualifications in the world of work. It assesses your spoken and written language skills.
The TOEIC programme comprises three two-part tests: Listening and Reading, Speaking and Writing and the Bridge.
This qualification is intended for use in the professional world, and candidates can register to take the tests at one of the sessions that take place throughout the year.
Once you have taken the test, you are awarded a score which determines your level of proficiency.
With possible scores of 10 to 990, the tests assess your understanding of written and spoken English, identify your strong points and areas for improvement, and show where you are on an international scale that ranges from beginner to advanced.
The aim of the test is to certify your skills, making it the Holy Grail for many university students or indeed anyone wishing to assess their level of proficiency, and have their skills recognised and certified in a way that they can flag up on their CV or on social media platforms like LinkedIn.
WHERE CAN YOU TAKE A TOEIC® TEST?
TOEIC tests can only be taken by registering at an approved ETS GLOBAL examination centre in Paris or elsewhere in France. TOEIC tests take 2 hours and are conducted under exam conditions: answer sheets and multiple-choice questions are distributed, the rules of conduct are read aloud, and no mobile phones or documents are allowed.
There are set time limits, but in one part of the test you are free to complete the exercises in whichever order you prefer. As well as being a competent linguist, you also need to be good at time management. As it is advisable to practise these skills beforehand, candidates are recommended to attend English lessons and prepare for their TOEIC test at a language learning centre.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT LEVEL I’VE ACHIEVED®?
All tests in the TOEIC programme® are based on a score. The number of points obtained corresponds to a specific level on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
● 0 – 225 points = A1 Beginner
● 225 – 550 points = A2 Elementary
● 550 – 785 points = B1 Intermediate
● 785 – 945 points = B2 Upper Intermediate
● And with 945 or more points you are a recognised Expert, with level C1.
Today, many educational establishments expect final year students to achieve at least 750 points (level B1). Some international companies also require a certain minimum TOEIC score to be able to access certain jobs.
As the most popular TOEIC test is the Listening and Reading, we’re going to give you all the keys to success.
Telelangue’s varied course offering will help you prepare to sit the test and avoid falling into any of its traps.
WHAT DOES THE TOEIC® LISTENING AND READING TEST CONSIST OF?
The TOEIC® listening and reading test is in two parts. One aims to assess your listening skills and the other your reading comprehension.
Each part comprises 100 questions offering a total score of 495 points. At the end of the exam, your skills will be assessed based on the 990 points available.
Whether or not you finish the whole test, the number of Multiple-Choice Questions you answer correctly gives you a score out of 990.
The Listening section takes 45 minutes and comprises 100 questions. You have to pay close attention to all the details and be able to understand a variety of different accents. There are 4 sub-sections (descriptions of pictures, short conversations, long conversations and spoken announcements) and you have to listen to various recordings to find the answers to the questions.
The Reading section begins immediately after completion of the first, 45-minute listening exercise. There is no break between the two sections and you have 75 minutes to answer the 100 questions that make up the reading test.
The test comprises various types of short and longer texts written in English, and you have to answer the multiple-choice questions by reading the text carefully and then selecting the missing word or appropriate sentence.
PREPARING THE TOEIC® LISTENING AND READING TESTS
The only sure-fire way of getting a good score in the TOEIC is to work on your English every day. Telelangue offers a variety of TOEIC preparation and comprehension materials to help you do this at times that work for you. Remotely or in person, on the telephone and/or with virtual classes, or maybe you’d prefer one-to-one coaching sessions – whatever the case, our solutions will ensure you’re completely stress-free on the day you take your test!