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TOEIC Test Introduction

  1. 1. TOEIC Test http://www.ets.com/toeic OR http://www.toeic.com BY: Hafiz Haseeb
  2. 2. Outlines:  What is TOEIC Test?  The Format of the TOEIC Test  Who takes the TOEIC Test?  Who uses the TOEIC Test?  The way the TOEIC is scored  The way the TOEIC is taken  Contexts for TOEIC questions  Keys to Higher Scores on the TOEIC Test
  3. 3. What is TOEIC Test?  Test of English for International Communication  A standardized test created by ETS (Educational Testing Service)  Designed to test a person’s ability to understand English as it is used in international business situations
  4. 4. What format does the TOEIC follow?  1. All multiple choice questions  2. Four answer choices in most parts  3. Three answer choices in part 2  4. Two sections:  Listening Comprehension and Reading  (Speaking and Writing)
  5. 5. Two Sections  The TOEIC Listening Section  45minutes  100 questions  The TOEIC Reading Section  75minutes  100 questions ____________________________________ Total: 200 questions Approximately: 2 hours
  6. 6. The TOEIC Listening Section  Picture Description 10 questions  Questions and Responses 30 questions  Short Conversations 30 questions  Short Talks 30 questions _________________________________________ Total: 100 questions Approximately: 45 min
  7. 7. The TOEIC Reading Section  Incomplete Sentences 40 questions  Incomplete Texts 12 questions  Reading Comprehension 48 questions ________________________________________ Total: 100 questions Approximately: 1 hour 15 min
  8. 8. Who takes the TOEIC Test?  Anyone who travels abroad on business  Any one who has contact with international visitors  All types of employees of international organizations  Managers  Marketing experts  Sales representatives  Customer service agents  Flight attendants  Hotel employees  Customs officials  Others (e.g. job applicants : test scores + resumes)
  9. 9. Who uses the TOEIC Test?  Trading and manufacturing companies  Government agencies  International banks  Hotel chains  Airlines  Universities / academic institutions  A wide variety of employers
  10. 10. How is the TOEIC Test scored?  3 scores are reported:  A (raw) score for Listening Comprehension  A (raw) score for Reading  A comprehensive score 2 raw scores  2 raw scores → scaled scores →a comprehensive score
  11. 11. How is TOEIC scores taken?  805-900  655-800  555-650  405-550  305-400  205-300  10-200  High advanced  Advanced  High intermediate  Intermediate  High beginner  Beginner 2  Beginner 1
  12. 12. What contexts are used for TOEIC questions?  Business situations  Marketing  Sales  Meetings  Contract negotiations  Travel  airlines  Taxis  hotels  Entertainment  Restaurants  Movies  Plays  museums  Health and fitness  Doctors  Dentists  Exercise programs
  13. 13. The TOEIC Listening Section Part 1 Picture Description  Question Types 1. Location Questions 2. Action Questions 3. Situation Questions 4. Similar-Sounding Word Questions
  14. 14. Location questions  Questions deal with the location of one person or thing related to someone or something else  Pay attention to the prepositions  The woman is sitting next ___ the boy.  The airplane has arrived ___ the airport.  The car is parked ___ the sidewalk.
  15. 15. Action Questions  Questions can be in either the active or the passive form  Active: V-ing talking/packing/speaking…  The rider is riding his motorcycle.  The man is opening the door.  Passive: be-Ved washed/cleaned/set up…  The motorcycle is being ridden by a man.  Some toys are being picked up by the boy.
  16. 16. Situation Questions  Questions about the condition of things in the picture  Past participle forms used as adj.  The glasses are broken.  Adjectives  The car tire is flat.  The water is hot.
  17. 17. Similar-sounding word questions  Incorrect choices often include words that sound similar to the key words of the correct answers.  Words with the same root, prefix, or suffix  agree /disagree ; reread / relayed ; undrinkable/unthinkable  The man is sitting on a couch.  The man is coaching the woman.  Words that have little sound difference  The man is selling watches. vs. The man is sailing.  The man is waiting for a train. vs. The is weighing a train.
  18. 18. The TOEIC Listening Section Part 2 Questions and Responses  Question Types  Information questions 1-6 1. Who Questions 2. When Questions 3. Where Questions 4. What Questions 5. How Questions 6. Why Questions 7. Yes/No Questions 8. Choice Questions 9. Statements
  19. 19. Information questions  Who’s your favorite novelist?  Who didn’t attend the meeting this morning?  When did he get that message?  When will she like to have lunch?  Where’s her new office?  What is he going to tell Mrs. Wang when she calls?  How much time did he finish?  Why do you think he didn’t support our plan?  Why was he late for work?
  20. 20. Yes/No Questions  Is he going to attend the conference?  Didn’t she go to the book fair?  You are coming with us, aren’t you?
  21. 21. Choice Questions  Will she be arriving tonight or tomorrow?  Has she finished the report, or is she still working on it?  Which does your boss prefer, the yellow one or the blue one?
  22. 22. Statements  He’s put the accounting files on his desk.  I’ve arranged the meeting for three o’clock on Thursday.  I’m afraid I can’t hear you.
  23. 23. The TOEIC Listening Section Part 3 Short Conversations  Question Types (dialogues between 2 people) 1. Who Questions 2. When Questions 3. Where Questions 4. What Questions 5. How Questions 6. Why Questions 7. Which Questions
  24. 24. Part 3 Short Conversations Strategies  Before the dialogue begins, read the question along with the answer choices  Try to find key words and main idea  Questions asked:  The topic / relationship between speakers  The place where the dialogue takes place  The activity speakers are engaged in  A specific time / a length of time/ frequency  Reason / intention / conclusion…
  25. 25. Question Types  Who will the woman call?  When does the conference start?  Where did the man go next Sunday?  What does her boss decide?  How are they going to try to improve sales of their products?  Why isn’t the man staying at the hotel?  Which bag will the man check?
  26. 26. The TOEIC Listening Section Part 4 Short Talks  Question Types 1. Main Idea Questions 2. Fact and Detail Questions 3. Inference Questions 4. Cause and Effect Questions
  27. 27. The Forms of Short Talks  Public announcement  Telephone message/ recorded phone message  Weather report  Message  News report  Public service advertisement
  28. 28. Test-taking Tips  Only use the information given in the talk  Answer the question while listening to the talk because the questions are organized in the order in which the information is given in the talk  Read as many questions as you can before you hear the statements
  29. 29. Announcement  I hope you’ve all enjoyed tonight’s dinner. It is no time to welcome this evening’s guest speaker,…  Attention___ customers: If you want a great deal on _______,…  You’re listening to _____ Radio. Well, not …  Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to welcome you aboard the ____ Express, the only no-stop service to ______...  Attention, all employees.
  30. 30. The TOEIC Reading Section Part 5 Incomplete Sentences  Question Types 1. Vocabulary Questions a) Verbs b) Nouns c) Modifiers d) Conjunctions e) prepositions 2. Grammar Questions a) Verbs b) Auxiliary verbs c) Subject-verb Agreement d) Gerunds and Infinitives e) Nouns and pronouns f) Conjunctions g) Comparatives and Superlatives h) Negation
  31. 31. Strategies  Vocabulary  Think of the meaning of the whole sentence  Make correct use of words and phrases  Grammar  Parts of speech, tenses, agreement, positions of frequency adv., needed for the blanks
  32. 32. e.g.  Under the new contract, everyone will get a 5%.... (A) praise (B) rise (C) access (D) raise  I am -----my supervisor with job interviews. (A) help (B) will help (C) helped (D) helping  All ---- are asked to show up by noon. (A) personnel (B) personnel's (C) personalities (D) personal
  33. 33. The TOEIC Reading Section Part 6 Incomplete Texts  Vocabulary Themes 1. Banking and Finance 2. Marketing 3. Hospitality 4. Office 5. Shopping 6. Transportation 7. Health 8. Telephone 9. Travel 10. Mail 11. Insurance 12. Meetings
  34. 34. The TOEIC Reading Section Part 7 Reading Comprehension  Question Types 1. Main Idea Questions 2. Fact and Detail Questions 3. Inference Questions 4. Cause and Effect Questions
  35. 35. The Reading Comprehension Reading passages about a variety of topics and in a variety of formats, including  Memos  Memorandum  Agenda + Memo  Schedule + fax (a memo)  Fax  Letters  Information (e.g. using city buses) and letter (a letter about the info.)  Charts  Chart and memo  Chart and letter  Graphs  Indexes  Tables  Articles (e.g. article about a resume)  E-mail  E-mail A v.s. E-mail B
  36. 36. The Reading Comprehension Reading passages about a variety of topics and in a variety of formats, including  Advertisement and e- mail e.g. an e-mail about the advertisement e.g. contest advertisement e.g. job advertisement  Advertisement and memo  Announcement  Message  Order form  Notice  Agenda and minutes  Chart and report  promotional information  Product information  Application form  News report  Complaint and response  Faxes (Fax A v.s. Fax B)
  37. 37. Part 7 Reading Comprehension Main Idea Questions  What is the purpose of the e-mail / note?  What is the letter/message about?  What is the main idea of the passage?  Why did the writer send this fax?  Why did ___ write this letter?
  38. 38. Part 7 Reading Comprehension Fact and Detail Questions  Who is ___?  What time is the flight leaving?  Where can they get a permit?  Which of the following should NOT be on your resume?  What is true about a resume?
  39. 39. Part 7 Reading Comprehension Inference Questions  Where did the man use to live?  It can be inferred from the passage that…  Based on the information in the passage, to which holiday does the advertisement refer?
  40. 40. Part 7 Reading Comprehension Cause and Effect Questions  What may happen because of the ___?  What caused ___ to…..?  What has been the result of the …?  Why is _____?
  41. 41. Eight Keys to High Scores  Increase Your General Knowledge of English  Learn Your Strengths and Weaknesses and Work on Areas Needing Improvement  Make the Most of Your Preparation Time  Be Familiar with TOEIC Format and the Directions for Each Section  Know How to Mark Your Answer Sheet  No Matter What, Always Guess!  Use the Process of Elimination to Make the Most of Your Guess  Learn to Control Test Anxiety Source from: Complete Guide to the TOEIC Test, 6th edition by Bruce Rogers Publisher: Christopher Wenger
  42. 42. Increase Your General Knowledge of English  A knowledge of the format of the test  The tactics used by good test takers  A general command of English (which must be built up over a long period of time)
  43. 43.  Use English whenever you can  Look for opportunities to speak English, especially with native speakers  Take English language classes  Read newspapers and magazines in English  Listen to English language news programs and talk show on the radio  Attend lectures and movies in English
  44. 44. Sources from:  ELTS www.elts.com.tw TOEIC  Suggested websites: 1) http://www.onlinenglish.net/TOEIC.html  TOEIC Speaking and Writing 2) http://www.toeic.com.tw/

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