Here are some tips for you in every single part of a TOEIC test!

Part 1: Picture description
Strategies

This section of the TOEIC checks how well you can describe the given picture. First, identify what the picture focuses on, and then try to think of vocabulary related to it. Using that, try to form a possible statement that you think is appropriate for the picture. Note that no inferences are needed. In other words, if something is not clear from the picture, do not assume it is true simply because it seems reasonable. The correct answer should describe what can clearly be seen in the picture.

Test-taking Tips

  • Don’t read the directions for this section unless it is your first time taking the test.
  • Preview the picture before you hear the statements.
  • Determine the focus or main idea of the picture; ignore minor elements of the picture. Remember the correct answer always describes the main action or subject of the picture and is always in the present continuousor simple present tense.
  • When listening to the statements, eliminate obviously wrong answers.
  • This will help you guess quickly, if you are not sure.

Part 2: Questions and Responses

Strategies

This section of the TOEIC checks whether you can make an appropriate response to a given question. Consider in what respect the given responses are appropriate for the question, and guess how the given incorrect choices are inappropriate. Remember incorrect choices often contain a word or phrase from the question, so don’t be misled by mere repetition of words or phrases.

 

Test-taking Tips

  • Once you find a possible correct response, do not wait until all the choices are spoken.
  • Check that there is no problem with tense and/or subject-verb agreement.
  • Keep in mind that wh-questions cannot be answered with yes or no.
  • When the question begins with a wh-word, be careful not to confuse the word with something else. For example, how might be confused with who or even where.

Part 3: Short Conversations

Strategies

This section of the TOEIC includes three- or four-part dialogs between two people. First read the question along with the answer choices before the dialogs begin. You should try to find key words and the main idea so you can choose the correct statement quickly. Use your time wisely and preview the next question.

Test-taking Tips

  • Don’t be misled by mere repetition of a word or phrase from the text. All answer choices have been mentioned in the text, so listen carefully to how they are used in context.
  • Remember the following frequently asked questions: the conversation topic, the relationship between people mentioned, the place in which the conversation takes place, or the activity people are engaged in.
  • Try to listen for specific or suggested information: a specific time, a length of time, frequency, reason, intention, or conclusion.