TOEIC® Speaking & Writing Tests

Test Format and Content

Abilities Measured

The TOEIC S&W measure English-speaking and writing abilities for communicating effectively in English in international workplace environments.
The following abilities are specifically tested in the TOEIC S&W.

TOEIC® Speaking Test

  1. The test taker can generate language intelligible to native and proficient nonnative English speakers.
  2. The test taker can select appropriate language to carry out routine social and occupational interactions (such as giving and receiving directions, asking for and giving information, asking for and giving clarification, making purchases, and greetings and introductions).
  3. The test taker can create connected, sustained discourse appropriate to typical daily life and the workplace

TOEIC® Writing Test

  1. The test taker can produce well-formed sentences, including both simple and complex sentences.
  2. The test taker can produce multisentence-length text to convey straightforward information, questions, instructions, narratives, etc.
  3. The test taker can produce multiparagraph-length text to express complex ideas, using reasons, evidence, and extended explanations as appropriate.

Like the TOEIC L&R, the TOEIC S&W use scenarios from everyday life or business. However, there are no questions that require specialist knowledge or business English. All questions can be answered without knowing the history or culture of specific countries.

Test Format and Content

Speaking test format

Number of questions 11 in total
Test
length
Approx. 20 minutes

Speaking test content

TASK NUMBER OF ITEMS RESPONSE TIME GENERAL OUTLINE OF TASK EVALUATION CRITERIA SCORE
SCALE
Read a text aloud 2 45 secs. per item
(Prep time: 30 secs.)
Test-taker reads aloud a short text, such as an announcement or advertisement.
  • Pronunciation
  • Intonation and stress
0~3
Describe a picture 1 45 secs.
(Prep time: 30 secs.)
Test-taker gives a verbal description of a photograph. All of the above, plus
  • Grammar,
  • Vocabulary, and
  • Cohesion
0~3
Respond to questions 3 15 or 30 secs.
(Prep time: none)
Test-taker responds to questions on a commonplace topic, as if responding in an interview. All of the above, plus
  • Relevance of content and
  • Completeness of content
0~3
Respond to questions using information provided 3 15 or 30 secs.
(Prep time: none)
Test-taker responds to questions based on written information (such as a schedule of events) that appears on the screen. All of the above 0~3
Propose a solution 1 60 secs.
(Prep time: 30 secs.)
Test-taker listens to a voice mail message describing a problem and gives a response. In the response, the test-taker indicates recognition of the problem and proposes a solution. All of the above 0~5
Express an opinion 1 60 secs.
(Prep time: 15 secs.)
Test-taker expresses an opinion about a specific topic and the reasons for that opinion. All of the above 0~5

Writing test format

Number of questions 8 in total
Test length Approx. 60 minutes

Writing test content

TASK NUMBER OF ITEMS RESPONSE TIME GENERAL OUTLINE OF TASK EVALUATION CRITERIA SCORE
SCALE
Write a sentence based on a picture 5 8 min. for 5 items Test-taker writes one sentence based on a picture, using the two words or phrases provided.
  • Grammar
  • Relevance of the sentences to the pictures
0~3
Respond to a written request 2 10 min. for each item Test-taker reads an e-mail message which is about 25 to 50 words long, and writes an e-mail in response.
  • Quality and variety of your sentences
  • Vocabulary
  • Organization
0~4
Write an opinion essay 1 30 min. Test-taker writes an essay expressing an opinion on the topic providing, giving reasons or examples to support the opinion.
  • Whether the opinion is supported with reasons and/or examples
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Organization
0~5
  • All directions for the questions, whether on-screen or spoken, are given in English Follow these instructions when answering the questions.
  • Question format, text, names, etc. may change.

Sample Test

You can see sample questions with voices, examples of answers, and explanations. These samples are similar to actual test screens.

However, actual screens may differ.

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