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  1. 1. Introduction to the TOEIC® Test of English for International Communication By Zakaria Rmidi 29/05/2018 1
  2. 2. Outline • What is the TOEIC®? • Who Uses the TOEIC®? • The Test Format and Time • The questions’ Subjects • The Test Score • The Common European Framework for Language CEFR • TOEIC Score Sections • The Challenge of the TOEIC • Preparation Material 29/05/2018 2
  3. 3. What is the TOEIC®? • the TOEIC® or Test of English for international communication. • A standardized test of English, measuring the ability to listen and read in English. • Taken by 4.5 million students and business professionals all over the world. 29/05/2018 3
  4. 4. Who Uses the TOEIC®? • Companies, universities and other academic institutions rely on the TOEIC test to measure English language proficiency for students and business professionals. • Students and employees working in sales or any other technical field (hotels, international meetings, hospitals and events, international business) take the test. 29/05/2018 4
  5. 5. Questions’ Subjects Corporate Development Entertainment Finance and Budgeting Manufacturing The Office Purchasing Finance Health Care 29/05/2018 5
  6. 6. The Test Format and Time The TOEIC Listening (45 min) 1 picture Identification 2 Question /Response 3 Short Conversation 4 Short Talk Reading (1h 15m) 5 Incomplete Sentences 6 Text Completion 7 Reading Comprehension TOEIC Speaking Test (25 min) 8 Read a text aloud (2 questions) 9 Describe a picture (1 question) 10 Respond to a questions (3questions) TOEIC Writing Test (45 min) 11 Write a sentence based on the picture (5 questions) 12 Respond to a written request (2 questions) 13 Write an opinion essay ( 1 question 300 words) 29/05/2018 6
  7. 7. 1. Listening (45 min) Part 1 Picture Identification • 4 short statements about each picture / difficulty could be words with similar sounds. Part 2 Direct questions • no written or visual material / candidates listen to audio recordings and select the correct answer. Part 3 Short Conversation • candidates listen to a dialogue and answer 3 questions printed out in the test booklet / difficulty: having to switch from listening to reading. Part 4 Short Talk •can be announcement, radio talks weather reports, or a phone conversation / candidates should try to read the questions before listening to the audio, then memorize relevant information to select the correct answer. 29/05/2018 7
  8. 8. Reading (1h 45 min) 100 questions: 45 seconds to spend on each question. Part 5 Incomplete Sentences • Incomplete sentences / quick to read. • 20 seconds to choose the correct answer. Part 6 Text Completion • Several texts / documents to be read . • Candidates should read all the text to select the correct answer. Part 7 Reading Comprehension • Presents a selection of texts and documents with 2 or more questions to answer. • The last 4 documents are double passages – interconnected documents each followed by ( questions. 29/05/2018 8
  9. 9. The Speaking Test (25 minutes) Part 1 Read a Text Aloud • 2 short texts of around 70 words, to read out aloud • 45 seconds to prepare each text and 45 others to read it Describe a Picture • Candidates are asked to make an oral comment on a picture • They should describe as much details as possible • 30 seconds to prepare / 45 seconds to speak. Respond to a Question • Candidates read a short scenario describing a situation plus 3 questions. • 15 seconds for the first two questions. • 30 seconds to answer the thirst question. 29/05/2018 9
  10. 10. The Writing Test (45 minutes) Writes sentences 8 min • 5 pictures shown accompanied by two words for each. • Candidates should write a sentence about each picture including the two words. Respond to requests 20 min • Candidates read and respond to two different emails • 10 minutes to read and answer each email Write an essay • Candidates write an essay of at least 300 words presenting their opinion about a certain topic. • 30 minutes to prepare and present the answer. 29/05/2018 10
  11. 11. The Test Score • The scores for listening and reading comprehension are on a scale from 5 to 495 points. • The scores for the speaking and writing test are on a scale from 0 to 200 points. • The total score adds up to a scale from 10 to 990 points. 29/05/2018 11
  12. 12. CEFR LEVELS CEFR General Description C1 • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts. • Can express him/ herself fluently and spontaneously. • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subject. B2 • Can understand the main ideas of complex text. • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers. • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects. B1 • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. • Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area. • Can produce simple connected text on topics. • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions. A2 • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions. • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. A1 • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions. • Can introduce him/herself and others. • can ask and answer questions about personal details. • Can interact in a simple way. 29/05/2018 12
  13. 13. Test/Test Section Total Score Minimum Score Scale Range A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 TOEIC Listening and Reading Total TOEIC Listening 5 – 495 60 110 275 400 490 TOEIC Reading 5 – 495 60 115 275 385 455 TOEIC Speaking and Writing TOEIC Speaking 0 – 200 50 90 120 160 200 TOEIC Writing 0 – 200 30 70 120 150 200 Recommended minimum score for each test section at each CEFR proficiency level for the tests 29/05/2018 13
  14. 14. TOTAL minimum Scores (10 to 990 pts) TOEIC Listening minimum score TOEIC Reading minimum score CEFR levels 945 pts 490 455 Proficient user – Effective Operational Proficiency C1 785 pts 400 385 Independent user - Vantage B2 550 pts 275 275 Independent user - Threshold B1 225 pts 110 115 Basic user - Waystage A2 120 pts 60 60 Basic user - Breakthrough A1 29/05/2018 14
  15. 15. The Challenge Teaching General/Professional English Teaching Test Preparation 29/05/2018 15
  16. 16. Which comes first : language development or test preparation?
  17. 17. Target Score 29/05/2018 18 Teaching General/Profess ional English Practical Language Acquisition Teaching Test Preparation Language Assessment
  18. 18. 1 Careers 2 Workplaces 3 Communications 4 Retailing 5 Industry 6 Trade 7 Leisure 8 Money 9 Travel 10 Environment 11 Health 12 Society 12 Topical UnitsUnits
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