TOEIC Listening & Reading

About the TOEIC® Listening and Reading Test

For more than 30 years, the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test has set the standard for assessing English-language listening and reading skills needed in the workplace.

  • Listening skills are important for face-to-face communication, meetings, video conferencing, podcasts and telephone conversations.
  • Reading skills are necessary for email, reports, newsletters and other forms of business correspondence.

Build a More Effective Workforce

The Listening and Reading test offers a common standard of measurement for comparing the language skills of current and potential employees. Test content reflects real-world tasks and provides you with the information you need to easily:

  • Recruit, place and promote the most qualified employees
  • Identify job-training requirements
  • Assign employees to positions overseas

When the TOEIC Listening and Reading test is taken together with the TOEIC®Speaking and Writing testsTOEIC® test scores provide an accurate measure of proficiency in all four English language skills.

Test Content

 The TOEIC® Listening and Reading test is a paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice assessment. There are two timed sections of 100 questions each. For more detailed information on test content, please see pages two and three of the TOEIC® Listening and Reading Examinee Handbook (PDF).

For information on disability accommodations, please see the Disabilities Accommodations page.

Section I: Listening

Test takers listen to a variety of questions and short conversations recorded in English, then answer questions based on what they have heard (100 items total).

  • Part 1: Photographs
  • Part 2: Question-Response
  • Part 3: Conversations
  • Part 4: Short Talks

Section II: Reading

Test takers read a variety of materials and respond at their own pace (100 items total).

  • Part 5: Incomplete Sentences
  • Part 6: Error Recognition or Text Completion
  • Part 7: Reading Comprehension

Test Length

The test takes approximately 2½ hours, with:

  • 45 minutes for Section I
  • 75 minutes for Section II
  • approximately 30 minutes to answer biographical questions

Scores Overview

Test Scores

Scores on the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test are determined by the number of correct answers, which is converted to a scaled score.

The score report provides Listening, Reading and total scaled scores. The total scaled score is derived from adding the two scaled scores together.

For alternate scoring information for test takers with disabilities, please see the Disabilities Accommodations page.

Score Descriptors

The TOEIC® Listening and Reading Score Descriptors (PDF) provides additional information for understanding a test-taker’s strengths and weaknesses and for identifying areas that need improvement.

Score Use

Scores are used to measure how well test-takers might do in real-life situations where they are required to listen and read in English.

Score Validity

Scores are used to measure a test-takers English proficiency at the time that a test is administered. Because English-language skills may improve or decline over time, a score report will not be re-issued if two years have passed since taking the test. ETS does not require testing centers to retain test administration data beyond two years.

Understanding Scores

The TOEIC® Listening and Reading Can-Do Guide (PDF) may help you interpret TOEIC Listening and Reading scores within specific contexts. The guide presents a series of tables that describe the activities that test takers in certain score bands are able to do, are able to do with difficulty and are not able to do.

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