Pass the TOEIC Test

Study Tips

Here are some tips you might find useful to help you prepare for the TOEIC test.


Before the test...

  • Make sure you know the directions.
    If you are familiar with the format of each section, you can focus more on the questions.
  • Plan your study effectively.
    Practice your listening and reading comprehension skills. Identify what your strengths are, and focus on improving any weaknesses.
  • Expand your vocabulary as much as possible.
    Read as widely as you can. Make a note of all the new words you learn, and test yourself regularly.
  • Take as many Practice Tests as you can
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In the test…

  • Time yourself
    Keep a watch in front of you and check the time regularly. Make sure you know how long you should take on each part. Don’t fall behind and run out of time! After marking your answer, quickly move on.
  • Stay alert and concentrate
    The test lasts two hours, and it is easy to become distracted during this time. Make sure you focus all your energy on the test.
  • Never leave a blank
    Always make a guess if you don’t know the answer. You are not penalized for wrong answers, so you have nothing to lose.
  • Eliminate answer choices whenever you can
    Your chances of guessing the correct answer increase if you first eliminate any answer choices you think are incorrect.
  • Be aware of distractors
    Make sure you know the common traps used in the test, and avoid them.
  • Trust your instincts
    Don’t waste time changing your mind. Answering a question, move on.
  • Use effective test-taking techniques
    Make time to preview the questions whenever you can. Try to predict the answers. Remember that skimming and scanning are effective reading skills.


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