TOEIC® Listening & Reading Test

Posted: January 25, 2013
TOEIC® Listening & Reading Test

About the TOEIC® Listening and Reading Test For more than 30 years, the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test has set the standard for assessing English-language listening and reading skills needed in the workplace. Listening skills are important for face-to-face communication, meetings, videoconferencing, podcasts and telephone conversations. Reading skills are necessary for email, reports, newsletters and other forms of business correspondence.

Build a More Effective Workforce

The Listening and Reading test offers a common standard of measurement for comparing the language skills of current and potential employees. Test content reflects real-world tasks and provides you with the information you need to easily:

  • Recruit, place and promote the most qualified employees
  • Identify job-training requirements
  • Assign employees to positions overseas

When the TOEIC Listening and Reading test is taken together with the TOEIC® Speaking and Writing testsTOEIC® test scores provide an accurate measure of proficiency in all four English language skills.

Get a Global Advantage

Over 10,000 organizations in 120 countries throughout the world trust the TOEIC test to determine who has the English language skills to succeed in the global workplace. Give your business a global advantage and build a more effective workforce with the TOEIC Listening and Reading test.


Test Content


The TOEIC® Listening and Reading test is a paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice assessment. There are two timed sections of 100 questions each. For more detailed information on test content, please see pages two and three of the TOEIC® Listening and Reading Examinee Handbook (PDF).

For information on disability accommodations, please see the Disabilities Accommodations page.

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