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For the "Test Of English for International Communications" here's what you need to learn.

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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, theater, 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,
  • Manufacturing — assembly lines, plant management, quality control
  • The Office — procedures, board meetings, committees, letters, memos, telephone, fax and e-mail messages,
  • 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

TOEIC® Listening and Reading Test Format

Format Paper-and-pencil. 200 multiple-choice questions.

The TOEIC® Listening and Reading test takes approximately two and a half hours with

  • * 45 minutes for Listening
  • * 75 minutes for Reading
  • * Approximately 30 minutes to answer biographical questions

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

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
To achieve a very high score on the TOEIC you need to be exhibit the skills necessary in the following areas.

Reading skills are as follows, reading and understanding:
  1. restaurant menu's, train & bus schedules and traffic signs.
  2. step by step instructions
  3. store front signs and services provided
  4. a meeting Agenda and a standard telephone directory
  5. major magazine publications and popular novels
  6. most travel brochures and maps
  7. use a standard dictionary and any basic computer manual instructions
  8. magazine articles expressing politicians opposing points of view and opinions
  9. the ability to read a highly complicated technical manual and understand the technology that's in it with little use of a dictionary
Listening involves understanding the following things:
  • simple questions in a social situation
  • simple directions to a nearby location from someone who is speaking slowly
  • a sales person telling you prices of various items
  • understand a co-worker discussing a simple problem at work
  • understand a simple set of instructions to do a routine job at work
  • understand announcements at a train or bus station
  • announcements of headline news from a radio broadcast
  • a client's name and an order given over the telephone
  • a play by play announcement of a sports game over the radio
  • a road closing announcement given over the radio
  • someone who is explaining about their interests, hobbies, and plans for the weekend when speaking slow
  • instructions on coming to a meeting giving the time and location
  • a discussion of current events between a group of people
  • the reasons one restaurant is better than another
Speaking at a high level involves the following:
    • self introductions and greetings in a social setting
    • describing a friends appearance and personality characteristics
    • describing a plot to a movie or TV program
    • describing job responsibilities and your academic training and how it relates
    • topics of general interest like theater, sports, movies and current events etc.
    • ordering food at a restaurant
    • describing your routine in a regular day
    • instruct a co-worker on how to do your job
    • change flight reservations at the airport or over the phone
    • tell a friend or co-worker about a recent humorous event that happened
    • do a presentation for 30 minutes on a topic of interest
    • be able to adjust your speaking ability to a group of people, friends, or even children
    • give someone directions on how to get somewhere like to the airport or to your business or house
    • conduct simple business transactions
    • make dinner reservations for a party of five
    • over the phone give or take messages
    • explain company policy over the telephone to a co-worker
    • explain to a salesperson the features you would like in the latest electronic gadget
    • go to a doctor and explain your symptoms of illness
    • talk to a class at school explaining what you do for a living
    • discuss world events with an English speaking person
    • call and discuss with a store salesman about an item being in stock
    • conduct an interview with a applicant for a job in your field of expertise

      Writing - you need to be able to write the following list of things:

    • a list of items you would need for a weekend trip
    • a post card to a friend explaining what you have been doing on your vacation
    • a thank you note for a gift a friend gave you
    • a brief note to a co-worker explaining why you will not be able to attend a scheduled meeting
    • fill out an application for attending a class at night school
    • write clear directions explaining how to get to your house or apartment
    • a letter inquiring about accommodations at a hotel for a future vacation
    • a note to a friend or co-worker explaining how to use a piece of office equipment like a photocopier or fax machine
    • a letter introducing yourself describing your qualifications accompanying an employment application to a perspective employer
    • a note explaining why you need time off work and when
    • a memorandum to a supervisor describing the process being made on a certain project or assignment
    • a complaint to a store manager about your dissatisfaction with an appliance you recently purchased
    • a letter to a potential client describing the products and services your company has to offer them
    • a report of more than 4 pages on a project you are involved with
    • a summary of a recent meeting you attended at your company

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