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Frequently Asked Questions about the TOEIC® Speaking and Writing Tests

About the Test

Why should I take the TOEIC® Speaking and Writing tests?

Speaking and writing in English are the functional, practical skills you need for interacting in business. Having these scores available can be supportive evidence of your ability to succeed.

English is essential for success in international business, and many businesses may ask for proof of your English speaking and writing skills. Your TOEIC scores may give you a competitive edge.

You can significantly improve your chances for advancement by having the skills to communicate in English.

What do the tests measure?

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

You are not required to have specialized business knowledge.

How are the tests administered?
TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests are administered via 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 I take the tests?
Contact your EPN member for more information.
In testing all four communication skills, which test should I take first: Listening and Reading, Speaking and/or Writing?
You should take the test(s) that provide(s) the feedback you will need. For a comprehensive evaluation of your English-language proficiency, which you can share with employers, take the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests as well as the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test.
How much do the tests cost?
Prices vary in different regions. Contact your EPN member for more information.

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 you to set attainable goals and measure progress as your 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.
In testing all four communication skills, which test should I take first, Listening and Reading, or Speaking and Writing?
You should take the test(s) that provide(s) the feedback you will need. For a comprehensive evaluation of your English-language proficiency, which you can share with employers, take the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests as well as the TOEIC Listening and Reading test.
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.