TOEIC Preparation: Listening and Reading Paper

Maximize your TOEIC score with this 1 on 1 preparation course

Objectives / Course Outcomes of the Listening & Reading Preparation Course

By the end of this course you will have:

  • analysed all parts of TOEIC Listening & Reading paper
  • completed practice questions for each part
  • viewed the TOEIC vocabulary list
  • understood the time-keeping constraints of the test

Course Length: 3 hours


The TOEIC Listening & Reading Preparation course should be ideally taken 1 to 2 weeks before your test. Be sure to maximise your potential score by completing this course.


We focus on you. Our 1 on 1 trainer will diagnose your strengths and help where there are gaps in your knowledge. It should be noted that success in the TOEIC test is as much about your technique and time-keeping as it is about your English proficiency.


For more than 30 years, the TOEIC test has set the standard for assessing English-language skills used in the workplace. Today TOEIC test scores are used by nearly 14,000 companies, government agencies and English Language Learning programs in 150 countries, and more than seven million TOEIC tests were administered in 2013.

TOEIC test questions simulate real-life situations that are relevant to the global workplace. Score reports provide accurate, meaningful feedback about a test-taker's strengths and weaknesses, along with a description of the English-language strengths typical of test-takers performing at various score levels. This allows employers to:

  • Relate test scores to the tasks employees may perform on the job
  • Use the descriptions to inform critical hiring and placement decisions
  • Select the employee with the English-language abilities the job requires

TOEIC test scores provide accurate, reliable measurement of English proficiency — they can be compared regardless of where or when the test is administered. For example, last year's scores of a test taker in Japan can be compared with this year's scores of a test taker in Korea. Because test takers of any background can be compared fairly, companies can use the TOEIC tests to make the most informed decisions and build a more diverse workforce.

Preparation for the Listening & Reading TOEIC test – what can you do?

There are several things you can do every day to prepare for the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test. The more you practice, the easier it gets.

  • Listen
    Listen to music, online broadcasts, radio, television and movies in English. The more you listen, the more you will understand vocabulary, idioms and expressions. Music helps you acquire the rhythm and stress patterns of spoken English. Listen closely to the words.
  • Read
    Reading is the best way to improve your vocabulary. English-language reading materials — newspapers, magazines, books and websites — are always available. Choose your favourites! Read material that genuinely interests you and isn’t too challenging.
  • Use the Language Every Day
    Set aside time each day to communicate only in English. Listen, read, speak and write in English every chance you get. The more you use the language, the better you'll become.
  • Keep a Journal
    Write down what happens in your life every day. This is a great way to organize your thoughts and think in English. Read to yourself and read out loud. This will also help you listen to how the words sound.

PREPARATION – Listening & Reading

The TOEIC® Listening and Reading test is a paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice assessment. There are two timed sections of 100 questions each.

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

Unsure? Book a call with our director of studies at [email protected].

Your Instructor

Noel Chivers
Noel Chivers

Company director, English teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer and author with over 17 years experience in English Language Training.

Noel has lived and worked in Indonesia, Thailand, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Europe. With extensive experience in the Oil & Gas industry, he fully understands the communication skills required for learners to do their job safely.

Noel has founded 2 IT companies and has a sound understanding of technology for e-Learning.

He is a keen boating enthusiast and a trained NAUI rescue diver.

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