TOEIC® Preparation Program

This course prepares the students to master the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC®). The business world demands that its participants communicate effectively. This course is intended to help employees of international organizations, job applicants, and students in business, vocational, and trade schools to become confident in their ability to speak, listen, read, and write in American English, which will lead them to success in their business, professional, or technical careers. Besides regular class instruction, students will also take a weekly (full-length) practice test to monitor individual progress.

Course Learning Outcomes

The objectives of this course are focused on enabling students to prepare for and pass the TOEIC® test.  This class is also designed to help improve their TOEIC® scores if they have not reached the level desired for their professional goals. Students learn vocabulary, grammar, and test-taking skills essential for the TOEIC®. Students have the opportunity to improve listening and reading comprehension skills as well as their speaking and writing skills. As a result, students will leave this class with practical strategies that they can use on the test and in everyday life.

Communication is a major focus in the class. Communicating confidently is important in the business world; students will give presentations, interview for a job, participate in group discussions, and debate. Not only is oral communication important, but written communication is essential in the business environment. Several examples include a cover letter and resume, a newspaper article, a letter to the editor, an advertisement or a product description, a press release, and an email.

The TOEIC® program teaches students the skills they need for both general and business purposes. Topics covered in this course include careers, workplaces, communications, retailing, industry, trade, leisure, culture, money, travel, environment, health, and society.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should have a good understanding of all skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) and they will have the ability to do well in both the listening and reading sections of the TOEIC® test. They will demonstrate their abilities by successfully completing the TOEIC® exam with a high score.

Performance Objectives

After the successful completion of each unit, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of test-taking techniques specific to the TOEIC®;
  • Demonstrate understanding of and work within time restrictions;
  • Identify misleading information in listening and reading sections of the test;
  • Expand oral and written vocabulary by learning 600+ TOEIC® keywords;
  • Recognize and properly use 20-25 essential English grammar structures specifically tested on the TOEIC®;
  • Demonstrate understanding of business idioms and phrasal verbs tested on the TOEIC®;
  • Demonstrate acquisition of all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), with an emphasis on real communication;
  • Demonstrate understanding of a range of accents and speed of speaking while doing a variety of tasks such as form filling, listening for main ideas, and note-taking;
  • Demonstrate increased confidence and fluency through guided work, discussions, role-plays, and group or individual presentations;
  • Produce individual sounds as well as elements of connected speech;
  • Demonstrate effective reading comprehension skills through skimming, scanning, and predicting, along with strategies for dealing with unfamiliar vocabulary;
  • Discuss and debate issues of culture by expressing knowledge of other cultures, including the American culture; and
  • Demonstrate learner independence by completing assigned homework and self-study.

Test Contents

The TOEIC test is a paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice assessment. There are two separately timed sections of 100 questions each.

Section I Listening Section II Reading
Examinees listen to a variety of questions and short conversations recorded in English, then answer questions based on what they heard. Examinees read a variety of materials and respond at their own pace to
questions based on the content.
Test Content
  • Part 1: Photographs (20 items)
  • Part 2: Question – Response (30 items)
  • Part 3: Short Conversations (30 items)
  • Part 4: Short Talks (20 items)
  • Part 5: Incomplete Sentences (40 items)
  • Part 6: Error Recognition (20 items)
  • Part 7: Reading Comprehension (40 items)

Test Length

The test lasts approximately two and a half hours. Examinees have 45 minutes for Section I; 75 minutes for Section II, and the remaining time to respond to biographical questions and a brief questionnaire about education and work history.

Section I Section II
Listening Comprehension

About 45 minutes

Reading Comprehension

75 minutes