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Frequently Asked Questions about the TOEIC® Speaking and Writing Tests

About the Tests

Why order the TOEIC® Speaking and Writing tests?

English is essential for success in international business. Speaking and writing in English are the functional, practical skills necessary to interact in that environment.

Many organizations would like to measure the English speaking and writing skills of their team members for training or promotion purposes or applicants for hiring purposes. Having these scores available can be supportive evidence of the candidates' ability to succeed and facilitates the organization's decision-making process.

What do the tests measure?

The TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests measure test takers' ability to communicate in the context of daily life and the global workplace.

They are not required to have specialized business knowledge.

How are the tests administered?
TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests are administered through a computer. Public tests are administered on specific dates at secure Internet-based test centers. Contact your ETS Preferred Network (EPN) member for details regarding public testing or institutional testing.
How often can the tests be taken?
Test takers should contact their EPN member for more information.
How much do the tests cost for test takers?
Prices vary in different regions. Test takers should contact their EPN member for more information.
In testing all four communication skills, which test should be taken first: Listening and Reading, Speaking and/or Writing?
Test takers should take the test(s) that provide(s) the feedback they will need. For a comprehensive evaluation of their English-language proficiency, which they can share with employers, they should take the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests as well as the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test.

Scores and Score Reports

What are passing scores?
There is no passing or failing score. The tests measure different levels of ability. The single, continuous scale enables test takers to set attainable goals and measure progress as their skills improve.
How long does it take to receive scores?
Depending on your location, scores arrive in three to four weeks. Contact your EPN member for more information.
Why are test scores valid only for two years?
A test taker's skills can improve or decline over time. For this reason, the more recent the score, the more likely it is to be a valid indication of English-language ability. Scores will be kept on file and reported for two years.