Part 4: Short Talks
This section of the TOEIC includes short talks given by one speaker, usually in the form of a news or business report, commercial or public service advertisement, recorded phone message, or public announcement, followed by questions about the talks. While you’re listening, you should keep looking at the questions, which will enable you to focus your listening on specific information. The questions typically ask about the main idea, details, or inferences.
- Do not be misled by your general knowledge; you should only use the information given in the talk.
- In general, the questions are organized in the order in which the information is given in the talk, so try to answer the question while listening to the talk.
- Before you hear the statements, read as many questions as you can.
Part 5: Incomplete Sentences
This section of the TOEIC typically checks the scope of your vocabulary knowledge, along with your ability to make correct use of words and phrases. When choosing the answer, you should pay close attention to grammatical points such as parts of speech, tenses, agreement, positions of frequency adverbs, etc. Note also that the words around the missing word can be useful clues for the answer. Pay close attention to the type of word you are asked to find. If the question asks you to find a noun, look only for nouns; disregard any verbs, adverbs, adjectives, etc. in the selection list.
- Determine whether the question is about vocabulary or about grammar.
- If it is a vocabulary question, think of the meaning of the whole sentence.
- If it is a grammar question, determine the part of speech needed for the blank by taking a close look at the surrounding elements.
- Remember that quite a lot of English words look and sound similar, sometimes even the same, even though the meaning is different.
Part 6: Incomplete Texts
This section of the TOEIC checks your ability to choose words and phrases appropriate for a given context. It tests your knowledge and understanding of both vocabulary and grammar. To score well on this section, you should therefore brush up on the common vocabulary themes presented in TOEIC readings. Below is a simple checklist which should help with the types of questions often included in this section.
- Look at the choices of words in relation to surrounding words (consider possible collocations).
- Pay attention to word forms: what kind of word is needed-verb, adjective or noun? Does the context call for a singular or plural noun?
- Is a count or non-count noun needed?
- Are there any words among the choices which seem irrelevant in this context? Eliminate such words first.
- Check any questions given in the text against the types of questions you know.
Part 7: Reading Comprehension
This section of the TOEICI assesses your ability to read and understand written English. You must read passages and then answer questions based on what is stated or implied in the passage. The passages will be about a variety of topics and in a variety of formats, including memos, letters, charts, graphs, indexes, tables, and other common methods of presenting information in print.
- Quickly read the passage to gain the main idea and general information.
- At this stage, you may be able to answer some of the questions.
- For the remaining questions, read the relevant parts again and look for more specific details which will help you answer the questions.
- Do not be misled by the words or phrases from a passage that are repeated in the choices. These may not always be relevant to the answer.