TOEIC Listening & Reading

TOEIC Listening & Reading:

There are two versions of the listening and reading tests TOEIC:

  • The old or "classic" TOEIC Listening and Reading Test
  • The New TOEIC Listening and Reading Test


Both versions of the TOEIC listening and reading tests:

  • are paper and pencil tests, not the computer-based tests
  • are the same length - two hours in total. The Listening section takes 45 minutes and the reading section takes 75 minutes.
  • are of equal difficulty
  • contain the same amount of business-related contexts.


The most important changes in the new trial hearing and reading are:

  • varied accents - American, Canadian, British and Australian
  • fewer conversations-with more questions about each
  • questions about the interconnected passages
  • fewer questions about the pictures
  • without recognition of errors, which were essentially matters of grammar.

It is best to check with your local ETS to find out what version of the test is going to take, so you know what to expect. Sometimes, different test centers in the same city offer different versions of the test, so check carefully. This is because the TOEIC is a process of transition and will take some time before the coherence is established in different centers, cities and countries.