Starting this year, there are changes to the TOEIC in Japan and South Korea. If you take the test in another country, it may still be the old style.

Below are some examples of the changes.  Please visit this link if you want more detailed information about these changes.

General changes include movement from structured language and genres to potentially more informal and contemporary genres.  These can include:

  1.  Sentence fragments instead of complete sentences (“Sure, in a minute”)
  2.  Elisions (combining frequently occurring words; “I am going to” →“I’m gonna”)
  3.  Up to three speakers and passages in Parts 3 and 7

Section-specific changes include:


  1.  Conversations (Part 3) will include up to three speakers.
  2.  Statements in conversations may be shorter and simulate naturalized discussion.
  3.  Some questions in Parts 3 and 4 will not have visual aids.  


  1.  Multiple passages (Part 7) will include up to three passages.
  2.  Text messaging, instant messaging, and chat room genres will be included.
  3. A new Part 7 question type is finding the most appropriate location to place a full sentence (instead of a single word or phrase).


  Old ToEIC       New ToEIC  
Part Listening (45 min) Question Amount   Part Listening (45 min) Question Amount
1 Photographs 10   1 Photographs 6
2 Question-Response 30   2 Question-Response 25
3 Conversations 30
  3 Conversations (with and without visual image and 2-3 speakers) 39
4 Talks 30
  4 Talks (with and without visual image) 30
  Reading (75 min)       Reading (75 min)  
5 Incomplete Sentences 40   5 Incomplete Sentences 30
6 Text Completion 12
  6 Text Completion 16
7 Single Passages
Double Passages
  7 Single Passages
Multiple (2-3) Passages
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