TOEIC Listening and Reading Test to Receive Updates

Updates to reflect changing use of English in the workplace; but with no change to score scale, test difficulty, number of items or test length.

Impact of the Updates

With these updates, the overall quality and difficulty of the TOEIC Listening and Reading test will remain the same and as such the TOEIC test will continue to be a fair, valid and reliable assessment of everyday and workplace English. There will be no change to the difficulty level or total testing time. There will be no changes in the administration of the test. The score report will remain unchanged with the exception of one additional Listening Ability Measured: Understanding a speaker’s purpose or implied meaning in a phrase or sentence. This provides additional information for test takers and score users. The addition of the new Listening Ability Measured does not affect a test taker’s overall score. Scores will continue to be comparable across test administrations.

Summary of the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test Updates

The TOEIC Program is introducing updates to the Listening and Reading test. In order to present a comparison between the current and updated versions of the test, ETS has provided the following summary of the changes.

Listening Section

  • A reduced number of Photograph and Question Response questions
  • An increased number of Conversation questions
  • Conversations that include shorter turns and more exchanges
  • More than two speakers in some conversations
  • Conversations that include elisions (going to à gonna) and incomplete sentences/fragments (Yes, in a minute; Down the hall; Could you?)
  • New question types testing the connection of what is heard in a conversation or talk and what is seen in a graphic
  • New question types testing a speaker’s implied meaning in the context of a conversation or talk

 

    Current Version of the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test Updated Version of the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test
Part 1: Stand-Alone Questions Photographs: 10 questions Photographs: 6 questions
Part 2: Stand-Alone Questions Question-Response: 30 questions Question-Response: 25 questions
Part 3: Set-Based Questions Conversations: 30 questions

  • 10 conversations
  • 3 questions per conversation
Conversations: 39 questions

  • 13 conversations
  • 3 questions per conversation
Part 4: Set-Based Questions Talks: 30 questions

  • 10 talks
  • 3 questions per talk
Talks: 30 questions

  • 10 talks
  • 3 questions per talk
    Listening Comprehension: 100 questions Listening Comprehension: 100 questions

 

Reading Section

  • A reduced number of Incomplete Sentence questions
  • Two new question-types testing understanding of the overall organization of passages:
  • Text completion questions that ask test takers to choose which new sentence fits best in the context of the overall passage
  • Set-based questions that ask test takers to understand where in the passage a sentence belongs
  • Text messages, instant messages or online chat conversations with multiple writers
  • Questions testing the understanding of three related texts
  • A small increase in the number of single- and multiple-passage questions
  • New questions about understating the writer’s words in context

 

    Current Version of the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test Updated Version of the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test
Part 5: Stand-Alone Questions Incomplete Sentences: 40 questions Incomplete Sentences: 30 questions
Part 6: Stand-Alone Questions Text Completion: 12 questions Text Completion: 16 questions
Part 7: Set-Based Questions Single Passage: 28 questions

  • 9 single passages
  • 2–5 questions per passage
Single Passage: 29 questions

  • 10 single passages
  • 2–4 questions per passage
Set-Based Questions Double Passages: 20 questions

  • 4 double passages
  • 5 questions per set
Multiple Passages: 25 questions

  • 2 set-based double passages
  • 3 set-based triple passages
  • 5 questions per set
    Reading Comprehension: 100 questions Reading Comprehension: 100 questions

 

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