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Revisions to the TOEIC® Speaking Test Beginning August 7, 2021

As the use and learning of English evolves and changes, ETS regularly revisits its assessments to ensure the tests meet the current needs of test takers and score users. To make certain that the TOEIC® Speaking test continues to measure the spoken English-language proficiency needed to communicate in the international workplace, refinements have been made. The use of the revised TOEIC Speaking test will begin worldwide on August 7, 2021.

What changes have been made to the TOEIC Speaking test?

  • Task type "Propose a Solution" has been eliminated.
  • One question has been added for the “Describe a Picture” task type.
  • The response time for “Describe a Picture” questions has been reduced from 45 seconds to 30 seconds.

These changes do not affect the test difficulty range, score scale, test levels, level descriptors, mapping tables, or official score certificates and reports.

The chart below shows the revised question numbering:

TOEIC Speaking Test Task Type TOEIC Speaking Test Question #s (effective until August 6, 2021) Revised TOEIC Speaking Test Questions #s (starting August 7, 2021)
Read a text aloud 1–2 1–2
Describe a picture 3 3–4*
Respond to questions 4–6 5–7
Respond to questions using information provided 7–9 8–10
Propose a solution 10 N/A
Express an opinion 11 11

* Please note that response time is now 30 seconds.

Posted: June 21, 2021