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TOEIC READING FORMAT   Leave a comment

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TOEIC Reading Overview


The reading section of the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test consists of three parts, which vary slightly, depending on whether you are doing the old or new version of the test, as shown below:

Old Test

New Test

Incomplete Sentences
40 questions
Incomplete Sentences
40 questions
Error Recognition
20 questions
Text Completion
12 questions
Reading Comprehension
40 questions
Reading Comprehension
48 questions


In this multiple-choice section, you need to choose the best answer to complete a sentence. Your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary are both important in helping you understand the correct context of the sentence and in choosing the right answer. For example, you must be familiar with word forms such as nouns, adjectives, adverbs, etc. to know which one fits the sentence correctly.


This part has been eliminated in the New TOEIC Listening and Reading Test, but still remains in the older version, used in many parts of the world. It is the section which tests your knowledge of grammar and its impact on the meaning of the sentence.


Here, you will be asked to fill in the blanks, as in the incomplete sentences section above. The difference is that the blanks are part of longer pieces of writing such as a letter.


The reading comprehension section presents texts taken from a wide variety of contexts such as bulletins, advertisements, reports, tables, announcements, memos, etc. A number of questions follow. Reading skills such as skimming, scanning and understanding vocabulary in context are all useful here.

TOEIC Listening Overview


The Listening section of the classic and new TOEIC Listening and Reading Test is paper-and-pencil based, and lasts about 45 minutes. It contains 100 questions, divided into four parts:



Old Test

New Test


Photographs 20 questions 10 questions


Question-Response 30 questions 30 questions


Short Conversations 30 questions
(30 conv.,
1 question each)
30 questions
(10 conv.,
3 questions each)


Short Talks 20 items
(6-9 talks,
3-4 questions each)
30 questions
(10 talks,
3 questions each)

Remember also that in the listening section of the New TOEIC Listening and Reading Test, you will hear a variety of accents – American, Canadian, Australian and British – so you must practice listening to and understanding all of these.


In this part, you see a photograph and hear four statements about it. The photo itself may portray people, things, actions and locations. You must select the sentence which best describes what you see in the picture. You hear the sentences only once, and must make your choice immediately after that, or else you’ll miss hearing information related to the next picture.


In this part, you may be asked a question about almost any subject related to people, events, location, time, emotions, reasons, opinions or activities. You need to choose the answer that makes sense.

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TOEIC Listening Tips

The following TOEIC listening tips will help you beware of test traps, and direct you to the right answer. Remember, it is possible to get a score of 100% in the listening section. Many students have done so before you, and you can too, so keep your eyes and ears open and your motivation high.


In the first part of the TOEIC listening section, you will see photographs and then be asked to select a sentence which best describes the pictures. The key to doing well is to read each of the four options carefully. The three incorrect answers may have:

  • words that sounds similar but are in fact different
  • the right words used inaccurately
  • the right words used in a confusing manner
  • answers that are only partially true
  • words that refer to a context other than the one shown in the picture
  • words related to, but not in the picture

The best way to approach these questions is to scan the picture completely and identify what’s happening, just like a journalist or a spy. Ask yourself: who, what, where, why? Listen for any words that are stressed, as they may hold a clue.


In the second part of the TOEIC listening section, you will be asked a question about almost anything and you need to choose a suitable answer. The trick here is to watch out for:

  • words that sound similar but have different meanings
  • wh- questions – who what, when, where, why, what – that need logical answers
  • questions with question tags
  • yes / no questions which may have no direct yes / no answers

To do well, keep the question clearly in mind as you scan the possible answers. Choose the one that makes the greatest sense. If in doubt, guess. You won’t lose points.


In the third part, you will hear a short dialogue and then be asked a question about what you have heard. You need to use your short-term memory well. The best strategies are to beware of:

  • similar-sounding words
  • inaccurate words
  • confused word order
  • words that change the meaning
  • negative words (hardly, not, etc.)
  • words associated with time (always, never, etc.)

It will help if you can read the question, and possibly even the answers, before you hear the dialogue. Check all the options and don’t choose too quickly. Try and picture the speakers and where they are.


TOEIC exam at E&G Language Center in Davao Philippines   3 comments


Come and learn “ENGLISH” with Teacher “ALVIN”… This is a sample of part 3 of the listening section for the TOEIC exam. You have to choose the best answer to the question you will hear at the end of each short conversation.

American vs British English…