The TOEIC test - Test of English
for International Communication
What is the TOEIC test?
The Test of English for International Communication
(TOEIC®) is a multiple-choice English language proficiency
test for people whose native language is not English.
It measures English comprehension, speaking, writing
and reading skills. The scores indicate how well people
can communicate in English in business, commerce and
The TOEIC test was developed in the USA in 1979 by
ETS (Educational Testing Service) following a request
from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Trade and Industry
The TOEIC test assesses proficiency at all levels (beginner
The TOEIC test has had more than 2 million candidates
worldwide. Many large international groups and approximately
2000 companies in Europe rely on TOEIC to assess the
English language proficiency of their employees.
In Europe it is now becoming commonplace to see a TOEIC
score included in job descriptions or job offers in
the large groups such as Accenture, Airbus, Coca Cola,
Renault, EADS, PSA Peugeot Citroen, , Unilever, NEC
Computer International, Swiss air Group and many others.
Many well-known business schools and institutions in
France and Europe, along with the university networks,
request a TOEIC score be obtained before awarding their
degrees and diplomas.
What is the format of the
The TOEIC test is a two-hour multiple-choice test that
consists of 200 questions divided into two sections:
There are 100 listening comprehension questions
administered by audiocassette
Reading section: There
are 100 reading questions
The TOEIC test questions are based on real-life work
settings in an international environment (meetings,
travel, telephone etc.). Each candidate is awarded a
separate mark for written and oral comprehension on
a scale from 5 to 495 points. The total score is between
10 and 990 points.-
Who uses the TOEIC
- Aeronautical: Aerospace and Defense Industry:
Air France, Airbus, Alcatel Group, Brit?Air Ecare,
Dassault Aviation, EADS, Iberia, Korean Air, Messier
Bugatti, Swiss Air Group....
- Automotive Industry: Daewoo, Ford, Megamos,
Nissan, Renault, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Scania, Siemens...
- Banking: Finance - Insurance: Allianz, AXA,
Banco do Portugal, Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Banque
de France, Barclays Bank, BCEN Eurobank, BNP Paribas,
Caisse des Depots, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank, Europ
Assistance, Natexis Banques Populaires, Norwich Union,
Scor Reassurance, UBS AG?
- Communications: Landis & Gyr Communications?
- Construction: Civil Engineering: Lafarge
- Consultancy: Accenture, Arthur Andersen,
Ernst & Young...
- Electronics: Telecommunications: Bell, Bosch-Siemens,
Cegelec, Communications & Systemes, France Telecom
Group, Global One/Transpac, Lucent Technologies, Matra
Nortel Communication, Philips EGP, SGS Thomson?
Energy Production - Chemical Industry: Atofina, Aventis,
BP-Elf, Cogema, EDF-GDF, Esso-Exxon, Kodak, Lever,
Procter & Gamble, Total Elf, VEAG...
- Food Industry: Barilla, Coca Cola, Kraft
Jacob Suchard, Moet/Hennessy, Nestle, Monsanto, Unilever...
- Information Technology: Office Automation
- Computers Integrating
- Manufacturing: Compaq, Goldstar, Evidian-Groupe
Bull, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard, NEC Computer International,
- Mechanical Engineering: Alstom, Cummins Wartsila...
- Optics: Essilor, Schott Glas...
- Pharmaceuticals: Medical: Aventis, Boehringer
Ingelheim, CLI Pharma, Elida Gibbs, Faberge, GlaxoSmithkline,
Hoffman-la-Roche, Janssen Cilag, Merieux, Sanofi,
Schering, Zeneca Pharma...
- Retail Sector: Auchan, Manor...
- Miscellaneous: Ademe, Alko Nobel, Kaysersberg
Packaging, Medecins sans Frontiere, Nike, Saint Gobain-Vitrage,
Stora Group, Tefal, Tetra Pak...
The TOEIC test is also used around the world by business
and engineering schools, universities, technical colleges,
private language schools, government organizations.
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