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Overview of the TOEIC Test


The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is an English language test specifically designed to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international business environment. The TOEIC is taken every year by more than 5 million students and business professionals in different countries around the world and it is used as a certification tool in more than 5000 international corporations and institutions.


Here are some of the topics covered in the TOEIC:


TOEIC Topics





There are two different forms of the TOEIC: The Listening & Reading Test consisting of two equally graded tests of comprehension assessment activities totaling a possible 990 score and  the newer Speaking & Writing Test comprising tests of pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, fluency, overall coherence, and structure (organization of sentences) totaling a possible 400 score. The Listening & Reading TOEIC is paper-based whereas the Speaking & Writing Test is Internet-based (iBT). In this webpage, we will be confined to the Listening & Reading Test


TOEIC Listening and Reading Test
100 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)

100 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 total score of the the TOEIC Reading and Listening test is 990 (Listening: 445  and Reading: 445). This score is calculated on the basis of the number of correct answers following this conversion table. Based on the score, you can get a clear idea about youir English proficiency level:

  • 905 - 990 International Proficiency
  • 785 – 900 Working Proficiency Plus
  • 605 – 780 Limited Working Proficiency
  • 405 – 600 Elementary Proficiency Plus
  • 255 – 400 Elementary Proficiency
  • 185 – 250 Memorised Proficiency
  • 10 – 180 No Useful Proficiency


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