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TOEIC® Research

Advancing English-language assessment, teaching and learning

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The Positive Impact of TOEIC Test Use

The TOEIC program delivers benefits to test takers and score users, making a positive impact on English education and learning worldwide. We promote beneficial outcomes by ensuring that appropriate language-proficiency models guide test design and that all TOEIC tests maintain high professional standards.

Justifying the Construct Definition for a New Language Proficiency Assessment: The Redesigned TOEIC Bridge® Tests — Framework Paper

This paper describes the motivations behind the design of the redesigned TOEIC Bridge assessments to measure all four communication skills, the purposes of the assessments and how we defined English-language listening, reading, speaking and writing proficiency in everyday contexts for basic to intermediate learners. This information provides a basis for test development and subsequent validity research. 

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The Importance of English Writing Skills in the International Workplace

This paper reviews the role of English writing in the international workplace, summarizing research on the importance and value of English writing skills in this context. The paper concludes by highlighting key implications of writing skills for organizations and individual professionals.      

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Making the Case for the Quality and Use of a New Language Proficiency Assessment: Validity Argument for the Redesigned TOEIC Bridge® Tests

This paper summarizes the "validity argument" for the redesigned TOEIC Bridge tests. The validity argument consists of four major claims about score consistency, validity and fairness, appropriate test use and positive impacts; together, this provides a coherent narrative about the measurement quality and intended uses of test scores. By considering the claims and supporting evidence presented in the validity argument, readers should be able to better evaluate whether the redesigned TOEIC Bridge tests are appropriate for their situation.

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Assessing English-Language Proficiency in All Four Language Domains: Is It Really Necessary?

This article examines and argues in favor of assessing English-language proficiency using a comprehensive four-skill assessment (i.e., listening, speaking, reading and writing) rather than just a select subset of those skills. Different use cases for TOEIC tests lead to the conclusion that in most cases, English-language proficiency is best evaluated using a comprehensive four-skill assessment.  

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The Case for a Comprehensive, Four-Skills Assessment of English-Language Proficiency

This paper explains how four-skill language testing is the best way to evaluate whether someone can communicate in English, and explains how this approach can:

  • result in a fairer way of assessment for test takers
  • improve the quality of test users' decisions
  • create more positive impact for decision makers, teachers and learners

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The Case of Taiwan: Perceptions of College Students about the Use of TOEIC® Tests to Graduate

This study examines test taker perceptions about the use of the TOEIC test as one of the college English-language exit tests of Taiwan's higher education institutions. The results suggest that the use of TOEIC test scores as a requirement for graduation has a positive impact on language learning. Such test use has also proven to be in line with the intended use of the TOEIC test: To prepare test takers to gain a competitive edge in the job market.

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