SECTION 1 - Listening Section
In this section of the test, you will have the chance to show how well you understand spoken English. There are four parts to this section, with special directions for each part. The new TOEIC test features Canadian, British, Australian and U.S. accents. The number of photo items in Part 1 has been reduced from 20 questions to 10, to allow for other types of tasks.
Listening Comprehension (Part I)
Directions: For each question, you will see a picture in your test book and you will hear four short statements. The statements will be spoken just one time. They will not be printed in your test book, so you must listen carefully to understand what the speaker says. When you hear the four statements, look at the picture in your test book and choose the statement that best describes what you see in the picture. Then, on your answer sheet find the number of the question and mark your answer.
Look at the following sample.
Now listen to the four statements.
A. They're looking out of the window.
B. They're having a meeting.
C. They're eating in a restaurant.
D. They're moving the furniture.
Sample Answer(A) () (C) (D)
Statement (B), "They're having a meeting," best describes what you see in the picture. Therefore, you should choose answer (B).
You will see:
1. Look at the picture marked number 1 in your test book.
A. She's speaking into a microphone.
B. She's put on her glasses.
C. She has both eyes open.
D. She's using a microscope.
You will see:
2. Look at the picture marked number 2 in your test book.
A. The tables are being moved around.
B. The waiters are wearing white jackets.
C. All the chairs are occupied.
D. The two men are waiting to be seated.
Question-Response (Part II)
Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear a question spoken in English, followed by three responses, also spoken in English. The question and the responses will be spoken just one time. They will not be printed in your test book, so you must listen carefully to understand what the speakers say. You are to choose the best response to each question.
Now Listen to the Sample Question
You will hear: Good Morning, John. How are you?
You will also hear:
A. I am fine, thank you.
B. I am in the living room.
C. My name is John.
() (B) (C)
The best response to the question "How are you?" is choice (A), "I am fine, thank you." Therefore, you should choose answer (A).
You will hear: Ms. Morika has worked here for a long time, hasn't she?
A. At three o'clock.
B. No, I've lost my watch.
C. More than ten years.
You will hear: Which of these papers has a wider circulation?
A. The morning edition.
B. Get more exercise.
C. By messenger.
You will hear: Have you ever been to Paris before?
A. No, they don't have it.
B. Only once, about five years ago
C. Yes, there are four of them.
You will hear: Why don't we get something to eat after the meeting?
A. Because we are early.
B. No, we don't.
C. That's a good idea.
You will hear: Has Mr. Garcia given you an assignment, or can you help me for awhile?
A. I'm free all morning.
B. Mr. Garcia's present was very nice.
C. Yes, you can.
Short Conversations (Part III)
In the new TOEIC the number of conversations has been reduced from 30 to 10, and each conversation now has 3 corresponding questions.
Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear short conversations between two people. The conversations will not be printed in your test book. You will hear the conversations only once, so you must listen carefully to understand what the speakers say. In your test book you will read 3 questions about each conversation. The questions will be followed by four answers. You are to choose the best answer to each question and mark it on your answer sheet.
You will hear:
B: Certainly, sir. Do you have your order number, by any chance?
A: Yes, it’s 481-6490 [four-eight-one-six-four-nine-zero].
B: You’re Mr. Donaldson, right? Well, according to my records, it left our warehouse on Monday – that was the fifth of May – so it should be delivered to you tomorrow.
Question 1 (Recorded and printed)
(B) To arrange a delivery time
(C) To cancel his order
(D) To change his order
Question 2 (Recorded and printed)
What is the man waiting to receive?
(A) A computer desk
(B) A catalog
(C) Some recording equipment
(D) Some music
Question 3 (Recorded and printed)
What does the woman ask for? (Printed)
(A) The man’s telephone number
(B) The man’s name
(C) The reference number for the order
(D) The date the order was placed
Short Talks (Part IV)
Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear several short talks. Each will be spoken just one time. They will not be printed in your test book, so you must listen carefully to understand and remember what is said. In your test book you will read two or more questions about each short talk. The questions will be followed by four answers. You are to choose the best answer to each question and mark it on your answer sheet. The passages in the new TOEIC test are longer than those in the existing test, and the number of questions has been increased from two or more per passage, to three.
Questions 1-2 refer to the following announcement:
You will hear: Good afternoon and welcome aboard Nordair Flight 857 from Copenhagen to Bangkok, with intermediate stops in Dubai and Calcutta. We are preparing for departure in a few minutes. At this time your seat back should be returned to its full upright position and your seat belt should be fastened. Our anticipated total flying time to Dubai is six hours and twenty-five minutes. I hope you enjoy the flight.
Now read question 1 in your test book and answer it.
You will read: What is the final destination of the flight?
You will hear: Now read question 2 in your test book and answer it.
You will read: What will happen in a few minutes?
A. The flight will land in Dubai.
B. The passengers will board the plane.
C. The plane will take off.
D. The gate number will be announced.
Questions 3-5 refer to the following talk:
You will hear: Ladies and Gentlemen: It gives me great pleasure to introduce Masami Suzuki, senior vice president and a member of the board of directors since 1992. Prior to joining our firm in 1983, our speaker was an award-winning professor in economics for more than a decade. Dr. Suzuki spent several years at our branch offices in Madrid and Zurich and will talk to us today about contemporary patterns in foreign trade. Please join me in giving a big welcome to Masami Suzuki.
You will hear: Now read question 3 in your test book and answer it.
You will read: What is the purpose of the talk?
A. To nominate someone to the board of directors.
B. To introduce a guest speaker.
C. To report on a research study about university education.
D. To announce a sales award.
You will hear: Now read question 4 in your test book and answer it.
You will read: What is Dr. Suzuki's present position?
A. Chief executive officer.
B. Branch manager.
C. Professor of economics.
D. Senior vice president.
You will hear: Now read question 5 in your test book and answer it.
You will read: What is Dr. Suzuki's topic?
A. Establishing a branch office.
B. The economy of Spain.
C. Current international trade trends.
D. Life in Switzerland.