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TOEIC Test and Certification

The TOEIC certification is a globally used assessment that determines the knowledge of English language in a professional capacity. For over 30 years, the TOEIC tests have been used in over 150 countries globally, and by more than 14,000 companies/ language schools/ institutions and so on. This is an evaluation of a candidate’s ability and proficiency, and there is no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ mark. Certification is valid for a period of 24 months, and guarantees a candidate a competitive edge within the world of international business. After 2 years, if you feel your language skills have significantly improved, then you are able to re0take the exam and aim for a higher score.

Advantages of TOEIC Certification?

  • Evaluates your level objectively in a professional environment.
  • It ensures recognition worldwide and is held in high acclaim internationally.
  • It is more cost-effective than others, €90-100 (varies depending on the examination center).

Information about the TOEIC

The TOEIC exam consists of two modules: Listening Comprehension and Reading. The exam is paper-based, with a series of multiple-choice questions (a,b,c or d). For the Listening module, candidates are required to listen to various recordings of statements, interviews, short conversations or regular dialogue on generic topics, and must answer a total of 100 questions based on what the candidate has heard. The Reading module also requires the candidates to answer 100 questions. The exam lasts 2.5 hours – 45 minutes of Listening and 75 minutes of Reading. An additional interview that focuses on the candidate’s personal journey will follow, lasting 30 minutes.

Integration of Speaking and Writing

Other skills have been included in the TOEIC examinations, and these are Speaking and Writing. These two modules are separate from the above, and are optional. Before taking these tests, we would advise you to first obtaining the certification for the above 2 mandatory modules.

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1. Listening (45 minutes)

Candidates will hear recordings of various types of statements, interviews, short conversations or regular dialogue on generic topics, followed by 100 multiple-choice questions. The test is divided into 4 parts:

  • Part 1: Photographs
  • Part 2: Question-Response
  • Part 3: Short Conversations
  • Part 4: Short Talks
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2. Reading (75 minutes)

The Reading module will provide candidates with particular texts in which they must respond to 100 multiple-choice questions based on what they have read. The test consists of 3 parts:

  • Part 4: Incomplete Sentences
  • Part 5: Error Recognition or Text Completion
  • Part 5: Reading Comprehension
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3. Writing (1 hour)

The test is completed online. It is then sent to the official international correction centre to be assessed and evaluated. It deals with 3 types of exercises, with a total of 8 questions. Applicants must be able to describe photos, respond to a written request, give opinions about general subjects and demonstrate knowledge on vocabulary, grammar, spelling, sentence structure various use of language phrases.

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4. Speaking (20 minutes)

This test is carried out online, and follows the same procedure as the Writing module, where the test is then sent to the international TOEIC correction centre. Candidates will have to go through six different exercises with a total of 11 questions. The exercises consist of reading a text aloud (1) , describing a photo (2), answering generic questions (3),  answering questions based on information provided by the examiners (4), proposing a solution to a problem (5) and expressing an opinion (6) .

Exam Results for TOEIC

The results of the TOEIC exam are sent to students via an online platform and are certified by ETS assessors. The results have a validity of 24 months. Scores for the Listening and Reading modules can range between 5 and 495, and are related to one of the levels of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) A1 to C1 for language skills.

TOEIC Preparation Courses

Thanks to real-life simulations in an international work environment, and the practice of past examinations questions, the TOEIC preparation course will help you develop all the skills necessary to successfully achieve certification. You will have the opportunity to be guided by experts in the field of English language, who will provide you with the necessary tools and information that targets the preparation for this course. Achieving a good results will open doors to opportunities internationally and expand your professional horizons.

Skills and Strategies

Even though you may have a grasp of general English and a basic understanding of the language, you may still need to develop rather specific skills in order to be successful at achieving the TOEIL certification. Attending such a course will provide you with the means of measuring yourself, assessing your strengths and weaknesses and building a solid base of knowledge about the English language. You will be exposed to previous test questions utilised during past exams and your professional teachers will support you by focusing on the key skills required by providing you with simulations of reading and listening. Speaking and writing will also be a focus should you be sitting for these modules, too.

You will be supported by a team of qualified experts who are experienced teachers in the field for the TOEIC examinations. You will have one-to-one meetings where you will be able to discuss your goals and objectives for the preparation course. Each course also includes a number of extra-curricular activities and although these are optional, we recommend you attend a few! It provides you with the perfect opportunity to practice your English among other international students and expand your social network.

When can I take the TOEIC Test?

We would recommend that you commence preparation for the TOEIC test at least a few weeks to a few months in advance (prior to you sitting for the exam). This depends on your language level and goal you wish to achieve. This qualification is extremely useful if you plan to expand your professional boundaries. It is ideal for those who wish to start a new chapter of their lives in a country where English is a requirement.

How can I prepare for the TOEIC Test?

Following a tailor-made course may be the best way in order to prepare for the TOEIC examination. Many Preparation courses are held in a number of locations, and the teaching programmes are specifically designed to prepare candidates for this test. The TOEIC is an assessment of knowledge of the English language in four key areas – Listening and Reading, Speaking and Writing. These all reflect the level of language proficiency required by today’s international workforce.

Where can I attend a TOEIC Preparation Course?

We would always recommend attending a course in a country where English is their mother-tongue. It is advised that you select a school or institution that is accredited and has a Preparation course specifically targeted for CAE candidates. Our schools offer this particular course 2 extremely exciting, popular and sought-after destinations in Canada – Toronto and Vancouver. You can find more details by clicking on the links below.

How much does the TOEIC Test cost?

The cost of a TOEIC Preparation course will depend on the duration and destination you would like to choose. You can take a look at our prices on each individual destination page, or you may also wish to check out our comparison chart. 

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