Test Content

The TOEIC® tests assess language skills that are used in daily life and the workplace. Test takers speak and write in English and give their responses to real-world questions and scenarios. The tests use common everyday vocabulary, phrases and key expressions.

The TOEIC Speaking Test Format

  • Content: 11 questions
  • Time: approximately 20 minutes
  • Score scale: 0 – 200

The test is designed to provide information about language ability of speakers across a range of English proficiency.

The table below shows how tasks are organized:

Evaluation Criteria
1 – 2 Read a text aloud
  • Pronunciation
  • Intonation and stress
3 Describe a picture All of the above, plus
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Cohesion
4 – 6 Respond to questions All of the above, plus
  • Relevance of content
  • Completeness of content
7 – 9 Respond to questions using information provided All of the above
10 Propose a solution All of the above
11 Express an opinion All of the above

The TOEIC Writing Test Format

  • Content: 8 questions
  • Time: approximately 60 minutes
  • Score Scale: 0 – 200

The test is designed to provide useful information about test takers across a broad range of English proficiency levels.

The table below shows how the tasks are organized:

QuestionsTaskEvaluation Criteria
1 – 5 Write a sentence based on a picture
  • Grammar
  • Relevance of the sentences to the pictures
6 – 7 Respond to a written request
  • Quality and variety of your sentences
  • Vocabulary
  • Organization
8 Write an opinion essay
  • Whether your opinion is supported with reasons and/or examples
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Organization


For more detailed information on test content, please see TOEIC Speaking and Writing/ Speaking-only Examinee Handbook (PDF).

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