Updated test format for the TOEIC Listening and Reading as of September 2018

In an attempt to cater for Test Takers’ needs and reflect on the current ways individuals communicate in everyday situations, Educational Testing Service (ETS) has revised the TOEIC® Listening and Reading question format.
 Updated test format for the TOEIC Listening and Reading as of September 2018

Educational Testing Service (ETS) has announced updates to the TOEIC® Listening and Reading taking effect as of September 2018 with an aim to ensure that it reflects current language use and measures the language skills that individuals need in everyday situations.

Several studies have been conducted which verify that these updates will not affect the TOEIC® Listening and Reading difficulty level, total testing time and scoring.


TOEIC Listening Updates

• Reduced number of Photograph and Question Response questions 
• Increased number of Conversation questions 
• Conversations that include shorter turns and more exchanges 
• More than two speakers in some conversations 
• Conversations that include elisions (e.g., “gonna” instead of “going to”) and incomplete sentences/fragments (“Yes, in a minute”; “Down the hall”; “Could you?”) 
• New question types testing the connection of what is heard in a conversation or talk and what is seen in a graphic 
• New question types testing a speaker’s implied meaning in the context of a conversation or talk

TOEIC Reading Updates

• Reduced number of Incomplete Sentence questions 
• Two new question types testing understanding of the overall organization of passages: 
 Text Completion questions that ask test takers to choose which new sentence fits best in the context of the overall passage 
 Set-based questions that ask test takers to understand where in the passage a sentence belongs 
• Text messages, instant messages and/or online chat conversations with multiple writers
• Questions testing the understanding of three related texts 
• A small increase in the number of single- and multiple-passage questions 
• New questions about understanding the writer’s words in context 

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