Studying for the TOEIC test

The TOEIC test - Test of English for International Communication

What is the TOEIC test?

The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC®) is a multiple-choice English language proficiency test for people whose native language is not English. It measures English comprehension, speaking, writing and reading skills. The scores indicate how well people can communicate in English in business, commerce and industry.

The TOEIC test was developed in the USA in 1979 by ETS (Educational Testing Service) following a request from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Trade and Industry (MITI).

The TOEIC test assesses proficiency at all levels (beginner to advanced).

The TOEIC test has had more than 2 million candidates worldwide. Many large international groups and approximately 2000 companies in Europe rely on TOEIC to assess the English language proficiency of their employees.

In Europe it is now becoming commonplace to see a TOEIC score included in job descriptions or job offers in the large groups such as Accenture, Airbus, Coca Cola, Renault, EADS, PSA Peugeot Citroen, , Unilever, NEC Computer International, Swiss air Group and many others.

Many well-known business schools and institutions in France and Europe, along with the university networks, request a TOEIC score be obtained before awarding their degrees and diplomas.

What is the format of the TOEIC test?

The TOEIC test is a two-hour multiple-choice test that consists of 200 questions divided into two sections:

Listening section: There are 100 listening comprehension questions administered by audiocassette
Reading section: There are 100 reading questions

The TOEIC test questions are based on real-life work settings in an international environment (meetings, travel, telephone etc.). Each candidate is awarded a separate mark for written and oral comprehension on a scale from 5 to 495 points. The total score is between 10 and 990 points.-

Who uses the TOEIC test?
Companies

  • Aeronautical: Aerospace and Defense Industry: Air France, Airbus, Alcatel Group, Brit?Air Ecare, Dassault Aviation, EADS, Iberia, Korean Air, Messier Bugatti, Swiss Air Group....
  • Automotive Industry: Daewoo, Ford, Megamos, Nissan, Renault, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Scania, Siemens...
  • Banking: Finance - Insurance: Allianz, AXA, Banco do Portugal, Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Banque de France, Barclays Bank, BCEN Eurobank, BNP Paribas, Caisse des Depots, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank, Europ Assistance, Natexis Banques Populaires, Norwich Union, Scor Reassurance, UBS AG?
  • Communications: Landis & Gyr Communications?
  • Construction: Civil Engineering: Lafarge Corporation, EkoStahlWerke...
  • Consultancy: Accenture, Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young...
  • Electronics: Telecommunications: Bell, Bosch-Siemens, Cegelec, Communications & Systemes, France Telecom Group, Global One/Transpac, Lucent Technologies, Matra Nortel Communication, Philips EGP, SGS Thomson?
    Energy Production - Chemical Industry: Atofina, Aventis, BP-Elf, Cogema, EDF-GDF, Esso-Exxon, Kodak, Lever, Procter & Gamble, Total Elf, VEAG...
  • Food Industry: Barilla, Coca Cola, Kraft Jacob Suchard, Moet/Hennessy, Nestle, Monsanto, Unilever...
  • Information Technology: Office Automation - Computers Integrating
  • Manufacturing: Compaq, Goldstar, Evidian-Groupe Bull, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard, NEC Computer International, Rockwell Automation...
  • Mechanical Engineering: Alstom, Cummins Wartsila...
  • Optics: Essilor, Schott Glas...
  • Pharmaceuticals: Medical: Aventis, Boehringer Ingelheim, CLI Pharma, Elida Gibbs, Faberge, GlaxoSmithkline, Hoffman-la-Roche, Janssen Cilag, Merieux, Sanofi, Schering, Zeneca Pharma...
  • Retail Sector: Auchan, Manor...
  • Miscellaneous: Ademe, Alko Nobel, Kaysersberg Packaging, Medecins sans Frontiere, Nike, Saint Gobain-Vitrage, Stora Group, Tefal, Tetra Pak...

Education
The TOEIC test is also used around the world by business and engineering schools, universities, technical colleges, private language schools, government organizations.

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