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Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Introduction of TOEIC

Test of English for International Communication

TOEIC is a standardized test that measures your listening and reading skills. Unlike other tests, the TOEIC evaluates your ability to function in the business world rather than in an academic setting. The test consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. Some students take the TOEIC because they want to improve their English. Other students take the TOEIC because they want to apply for a job that requires a TOEIC score. Your score will range from 10-990. Every institution expects a different standard of proficiency from its employees. Many companies expect entry level applicants to score at least 600 on the TOEIC. Management positions may require a score of 800. You can take the TOEIC as many times as you want in order to achieve your goal.
Here is a general proficiency table:

TOEIC Scores
Below 400 : Beginner
400-600 : Intermediate
600-700 : High Intermediate
800-900 : Advanced

Here are some of the topics on the TOEIC:
Typical TOEIC Topics
Banking

Entertainment
Health
Housing
Industry
Jobs
Offices
Restaurants
Transportation
Travel

Here is the format of the TOEIC:

TOEIC Format
Section 1: Listening Comprehension100 questions, 45 minutes

Part I: Photographs (10 questions)
Part II: Question-Response (30 questions)
Part III: Short Conversations (30 questions)
Part IV: Short Talks (30 questions)

Section 2: Reading100 questions, 75 minutes
Part V: Incomplete Sentences (40 questions)
Part VI: Text completion (12 questions)
Part VII: Reading Comprehension-Single Passages (28 questions) Double Passages (20 questions)

The TOEIC is developed in the United States, but is used throughout the world. The test developers use American language and spelling. The voices in the listening section are American, European countries or Australian accents.


Source : ESL

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