Frequently Asked Questions About the TOEIC® Speaking and Writing Tests

Who takes the TOEIC® Speaking and Writing tests?
  • people who are preparing to enter the workforce
  • individuals who want to measure their speaking and writing skills in English
  • people who use English in workplace settings such as offices, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, international meetings, conventions and sports events
  • managerial, sales and technical employees in international business, industry, commerce and government
What do the tests measure?

The TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests measure the ability to communicate in the context of daily life and the global workplace. Candidates are not required to have specialized business knowledge.

What are passing scores for the tests?

There is no passing or failing score. The tests measure different levels of ability. The single, continuous scale enables test takers to set attainable goals and measure progress as skills improve.

How are the tests administered?

The tests are administered on specific dates at secure Internet-based test centers. Contact your local ETS Preferred Network office for details.

How much do the tests cost?

Prices vary. Contact your local ETS Preferred Network office for more information.

How long does it take to receive scores?

Scores arrive in approximately three weeks. Contact your local ETS Preferred Network office for more information.

In testing all four communication skills, which test should employees take first — Listening and Reading, or Speaking and Writing?

They should take the test(s) that provide(s) the desired feedback. This will depend on your program requirements. For a comprehensive evaluation of an employee's English-language proficiency, the employer should consider requiring test takers to take the TOEIC® Speaking and Writing tests as well as the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test.

Why are test scores only valid for two years?

A test-taker's skills can improve or decline over time. For this reason, the more recent the score, the more likely it is to be a valid indication of English-language ability. Scores will be kept on file and reported for two years.

What is the difference between the TOEIC Practice Online: Speaking & Writing and the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests?
  TOEIC Practice Online: Speaking & Writing Test Preparation Tool TOEIC Speaking and Writing Tests
Where can these products be used? Anywhere with Internet access without proctor supervision At designated secure testing sites
What information does a test taker receive? A score range with advice for improvement Speaking and Writing test scores with proficiency levels and descriptors
How are the results used? To receive feedback for self-improvement To obtain an official TOEIC® test score

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