TOEIC Listening Tips

TOEIC Listening Tips:

The following tips will help TOEIC listening to beware the pitfalls of the test, and direct you to the correct answer. Remember that it is possible to obtain a score of 100% at the hearing. Many students have done before you, and you can too, so keep your eyes and ears open and high motivation.
In the first part of the TOEIC listening section, you will see photographs and then be asked to select a phrase that best describes the images. The key to doing well is to read each of the four options carefully. The three incorrect answers may have:
  • words that sound similar but are actually different
  • erroneously used the right words 
  • the right words used in a confusing manner
  • answers that are only partially true
  • words referring to a context other than that shown in the picture
  • words, but not in the image
The best way to address these issues is completely scan the picture and identify what is happening, like a journalist or a spy. Ask yourself: who, what, where, why? Pay attention to words that are stressed, as you may have a clue.
Question - Answer
In the second part of the TOEIC listening section, you asked a question about almost anything and have to choose an appropriate response. The trick here is to consider:
  • words that sound alike but have different meanings
  • wh-questions - to what, when, where, why, what - they need logical answers
  • questions with question tags
  • yes / no questions that may directly or respond yes or no
To do well, keep the question clearly in mind as you explore the possible answers. Choose the one that makes the most sense. If in doubt, I suppose. You will not lose points.
Short Conversation
In the third part, you will hear a brief conversation and then asked a question about what he has heard. You need to use your short-term memory as well. The best strategies are to be careful with:
  • words that sound alike
  • incorrect words
  • confusing word order
  • words that change meaning
  • negative words (almost no, no, etc.)
  • words associated with time (always, never, etc.)
It will help if you can read the question, and possibly even the answers before hearing the dialogue. Check all the options and choose not too fast. Try to imagine the speakers and their locations.
Short talk
In the fourth section of listening, listening to a monologue and then asked a question about it. The same precautions should be exercised in the previous sections, but have to concentrate more care to remember the details. Pay close attention to context. Try reading the questions in advance, if you have time, and hear the entire talk before choosing an answer. Use your time wisely, or guess at an answer. Do not get left behind or losing important information related to the next question.