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TOEIC Practice Test Guide

The remainder of this guide will give detailed information about the TOEIC test. You'll also find sample TOEIC test questions for Reading and Listening sections.

Table Of Contents

Introduction to the TOEIC Exam

If you're already familiar with the TOEIC exam, then feel free to skip this section :)

TOEIC stands for the The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) and is designed to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment. Small businesses, multinational corporations and government agencies use TOEIC test scores as a management tool to make personnel decisions including hiring, promoting and positioning employees, job or language training, and overseas assignments.

Two Types of TOEIC Tests

There are two different types of TOEIC Test: The TOEIC Listening & Reading Test and The TOEIC Speaking & Writing Test. This guide will focus on The TOEIC Listening & Reading Test.

The TOEIC Listening & Reading Test has been updated since 2018. The following table outlines the new TOEIC Listening & Reading Test's structure and new changes.

Part 

Part Description

Question Number

New Changes

Listening Section: 45 minutes, 100 questions, 495 scores in total

1

Photographs

6

2

Question-Response

25

3

Conversations

39

checknew three-people dialogs, "Diagram" questions

4

Short Talks

30

checknew "Diagram" questions

Reading Section: 75 minutes, 100 questions, 495 scores in total

5

Incomplete Sentences

30

6

Error Recognition or Text Completion

16

checknew "Text Completion" questions

7

Reading Passage Comprehension

29

checknew "Text Message" questions

Two Reading Passages Comprehension

10

Three Reading Passages Comprehension

15

TOEIC Listening Section

The listening section is the first test you'll complete in your TOEIC exam. There are 100 multple choice questions in total, and the test is around 45 minutes long. Your task will be to listen and answer the questions as they are heard in the audio. You'll only hear each audio recording once, so you only get one chance to hear and answer each question. You will need to mark your answers on the answer sheet. The TOEIC listening test is divided into 4 parts. Let's have a brief look at each part of the Listening section.

Four Parts of the TOEIC Listening Section
PART 1 - Photographs

In each question, you will look at a photograph and then listen to 4 sentences. Choose the sentence that best describes the photograph. There are 6 questions in this part.

Sample Question


A
B
C
D
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    Answer: (A)

    (A) He’s shoveling some soil.
    (B) He’s moving a wheelbarrow.
    (C) He’s cutting some grass.
    (D) He’s planting a tree.

PART 2 - Question-Response

In each question, you will listen to a question and then listen to 3 possible responses. Choose the correct response. There are 25 questions in this part.

Sample Question


A
B
C
D

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    Answer: (A)

    Where’s the new fax machine?
    (A) Next to the water fountain.
    (B) I’ll send a fax tomorrow.
    (C) By Wednesday.

PART 3 - Conversations

In this part, you will listen to 13 short conversations and anwer 39 multiple choice questions. For each conversation, you will be asked to answer 3 questions.

Sample Question


32. Why is the woman calling?
33. What does the man ask the woman about?
34. What does the man offer to do?

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    Answer: (B)(D)(C)

    W: Hello. I'm calling about a coffee machine I purchased from your Web site. It stopped working even though I haven't had it for very long. I expected it to last much longer than this.

    M: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. Our warranty covers products for up to a year. Do you know when you bought it?

    W: I've had it for a little over a year, so the warranty has probably just expired. This is so disappointing.

    M: Well, I'll tell you what we can do. Although we can't replace it, since you're a valued customer I can offer you a coupon for forty percent off your next purchase.

PART 4 - Short Talks

In this part, you will listen to 10 monolouges and anwer 30 multiple choice questions. For each monolouge, you will be asked to answer 3 questions.

Sample Question


71. What does the speaker say about the repair?
72. When can the listener pick up his car?
73. What does the speaker offer to do?

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    Answer: (B)(B)(D)

    Hello Mr. Lee, this is Thomas from BKS Auto Shop calling with some information about your car repair. I know we told you that it would take until next week to get the part we ordered, but we got the part early, and I was able to finish the repair. We're going to be closing for the day in a few minutes, but you're welcome to come get your car anytime tomorrow. If you need a ride to the shop tomorrow, let me know, and I can arrange one for you.

Now let's look at our TOEIC listening practice questions grouped by different categories.

Listening Part 1 - Photographs Total: 365
Airport
Total: 22
Art
Total: 32
Construction
Total: 23
Cooking
Total: 13
Dining
Total: 33
Gardening
Total: 21
Home
Total: 18
Hospital & Lab
Total: 18
Household Chores
Total: 9
Mechanics
Total: 9
Office
Total: 29
Outdoor Activities
Total: 31
Outdoor Scenes
Total: 23
Shipping
Total: 4
Shopping
Total: 32
Sports
Total: 16
Traffic & Public Transportation
Total: 28
Warehouse
Total: 4
Listening Part 2 - Question & Response Total: 515
Ask-politely Question
Total: 30
Auxiliary-verb Question
Total: 42
Be-verb Question
Total: 23
How
Total: 40
Make-a-choice Question
Total: 20
Negative Question
Total: 30
Noun-clause Question
Total: 30
State Question
Total: 60
Tag Question
Total: 33
What
Total: 26
When
Total: 40
Where
Total: 39
Which
Total: 20
Who
Total: 42
Why
Total: 40
Listening Part 3 - Conversations Total: 195
Business & Marketing & Sales & Communication
Total: 34
Daily Life
Total: 50
Financing & Accounting & Investment & Insurance
Total: 11
Office & Factory & Inventory & Shipping
Total: 39
Personnel & Trainings & Events & Policy
Total: 38
Recreation & Rental & Transportation & Booking
Total: 23
Listening Part 4 - Short Talks Total: 148
Announcement
Total: 29
Broadcast & News Report
Total: 15
Company Announcement
Total: 8
Company Speech
Total: 29
Event Speech
Total: 11
Lecture
Total: 5
Telephone Message
Total: 40
Tour Talk
Total: 11

TOEIC Reading Section

The reading test is the second section in the TOEIC test and as we mentioned. You'll answer exactly 100 multiple choice questions, and just like in the listening section, you'll be given an answer sheet to fill in. The test is 75 minutes long and consists of three parts. You can complete the 3 parts in any order you choose and allocate your time in any way you wish. Let's have a brief look at each part of the Reading section.

Three Parts of the TOEIC Listening Section
PART 5 - Incomplete Sentences

In this part, there are 30 questions in total. For each question, you will see an incomplete sentence and four answer choices given below each sentence. Your task is to select the best answer to complete the sentence.

Sample Questions

101. Customer reviews indicate that many modern mobile devices are often unnecessarily _____ .
(A) complication
(B) complicates
(C) complicate
(D) complicated

102. Jamal Nawzad has received top performance reviews _____ he joined the sales department two years ago.
(A) despite
(B) except
(C) since
(D) during

103. All clothing sold in Develyn’s Boutique is made from natural materials and contains no _____ dyes.
(A) immediate
(B) synthetic
(C) reasonable
(D) assumed

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    Answer: (D)(C)(B)
PART 6 - Error Recognition or Text Completion

In this part, you'll see 4 reading texts and answer 16 multiple choice questions. Each reading text is followed by 4 multiple choice questions. A word, phrase, or sentence is missing in parts of each text. Your task is select the best answer to complete the missing part.

Sample Questions

Huge Blowout Sale!

It's time for the semi-annual clearance sale at Gordon's Shoes, featuring massive discounts on all shoes in addition to bonus deals on new arrivals! The popular event will take place as soon as the store opens on Friday morning at 9:00 A.M. and will carry out until closing time on Saturday evening at 9:00 P.M. As always, shoppers will be able to apply gift certificates to these purchases. Additionally, we will be honoring (1) coupons during the sale.

Gordon's Shoes is the largest shoe store in the greater metropolitan area and offers fashionable footwear for all types of activities at great rates. Prices on all items, ranging from previously discounted shoes to our newest arrivals, will be reduced by at least 40 percent during this time! 

Given the popularity of this sale, each customer will be strictly limited to (2) a maximum of five pairs of discounted shoes. (3). We thank you in advance for your cooperation in making this sale accessible for all.

Remember to take advantage of this weekend of great deals, (4) your next favorite pair of shoes is waiting for you right here at Gordon's!

1.
2.
3.
4.
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    Answer: (A)(D)(C)(B)
PART 7 - Reading Comprehension

In this part you will read passages in a form of ads, articles, e-mails, notice, instant messages, etc. From question 147 to question 175, you will read 10 single passages and be asked 2-4 questions about each single passage. From question 176 to question 185, you will read 2 double passages and be asked 5 questions about each double passages. From question 186 to question 200, you will read 3 thripe passages and be asked 5 questions about each thriple passages. In total, there are 15 reading texts and 54 multiple choice questions. The following table shows the structure of Reading Part 7.

Question Range Type of Reading Text Number of Reading Text
Question 147-175 Single Passage 10
Question 176-185 Double Passages 10
Question 186-190 Thriple Passage 10
Sample Questions

To: Richard Thompson <richardthompson@gmail.com>

From: Stephen Warren <stephenwarren@matinowear.com>

Date: November 4

Subject: Our apologies for the late delivery!

Dear Mr. Thompson,          

At Matino Wear, we appreciate you placing your order with us. Regrettably, there will be a slight delay in the delivery because of the recent wildfire in the southern part of the country.


Unfortunately, the incident has caused several road closures. We are effortlessly working with the government and drivers to resume our regular deliveries as soon as possible. Notable adjustments have already been made, as the employees who can't commute are advised to work from home, and we expect to resume our deliveries at full capacity within 24 hours. We can guarantee that your order will be shipped at the end of the week.


Please bear with us. As a token of our appreciation, all the shipping fees for this order will not be charged, and the shipment of your next three orders will also be free of charge.


Thank you for your patience!


Best regards,


Stephen Warren

Customer Relations Manager

1. Why is the order late?
2. What will Mr. Thompson receive?
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    Answer: (D)(B)

Now let's look at our TOEIC reading practice questions grouped by different categories.

Reading Part 5 - Incomplete Sentences Total: 143
Vocabulary
Total: 143
Reading Part 6 - Error Recognition or Text Completion Total: 71
Article
Total: 40
Memo
Total: 31
Reading Part 7 - Reading Comprehension Total: 236
Advertisement
Total: 40
Email
Total: 44
Form
Total: 3
Information
Total: 12
Invitation
Total: 5
Letter
Total: 14
Multiple Reading Texts
Total: 75
Notice
Total: 16
Receipt
Total: 3
Schedule
Total: 2
Text Message
Total: 22

TOEIC Score

The TOEIC® Listening and Reading test is not a pass-or-fail test. Test results indicate your English proficiency levels at work. Scores on the TOEIC Listening and Reading test are determined by the number of correct answers, which is converted to a scaled score. Each test taker receives independent scores for listening and reading comprehension on a scale from 5 to 495 points. The total score adds up to a scale from 10 to 990 points. The table below gives a description of each level of TOEIC scores reflecting the test taker's ability in English.

990~905分
Able to communicate effectively in any situation.
900~785分
Able to satisfy most work requirements with language that is often, but not always, acceptable and effective.
780~605分
Able to satisfy most social demands and limited work requirements.
465~200分
Speaker has functional, but limited proficiency. Able to maintain very simple face-to-face conversations on familiar topics.
250~10分
Able to satisfy immediate survival needs.