Starting in March of this year, there will be some changes to the TOEIC in Taiwan. Eton’s New TOEIC Preparation class is specially designed to prepare you for the new version of the test. Here’s a summary of the changes.
Changes in test format
As before, the TOEIC has 7 different parts. The first four parts are about listening, and the last three are about reading. Here’s how each part is changing in March:
- Photographs (照片描述): Before, this part of the test had 10 questions. After March, there will only be 6 questions.
- Question-Response (應答問題): After March, there will only be 25 questions in this part of the test. (In the past, there were 30.)
- Conversations (簡短對話): Before, there were 30 questions in this section (10 conversations with 3 questions each). After March, there will be 39 questions (13 conversations with three questions each).
- Talks (簡短獨白): This part isn’t changing. As before, there will be 30 questions (10 talks with 3 questions each).
- Incomplete Sentences (句子填空): There will be only 30 questions in this section after March; before, there were 40.
- Text Completion (段落填空): There will be 16 questions in this part (4 passages with 4 questions each). Before, there were only 12 questions (4 passages with 3 questions each).
- Reading Comprehension:
- Single Passages (單篇閱讀): Before, there were 28 questions (9 passages with 2-5 questions each). Now there will be 29 questions (10 passages with 2-4 questions each).
- Double Passages (雙篇閱讀): Before, there were 20 questions in this section (4 double passages with 5 questions per set). Now there will be only 10 questions (2 double passages with 5 questions per set).
- Triple Passages (三篇閱讀): There were no triple passages in the old test, but now there will be 15 questions (3 triple passages with 5 questions per set).
Although the ETS (the company that makes the TOEIC) says that the new version of the test will be no more difficult that the old one, you can see that there will be fewer quick and easy questions (such as photographs and incomplete sentences) and a larger number of difficult and time-consuming ones (conversations, text completion, and multiple-passage reading comprehension). However, the time limit to finish the test will be the same.
Changes in test content
Here are some of the changes in the content of the test.
- Some of the conversations you listen two will involve more than two people.
- The conversations will include elisions (reduced pronunciations, such as “wanna” instead of “want to”) and sentence fragments (incomplete sentences which make sense only in context, such as “At ten.” instead of “The meeting is at ten.”)
- For some of the conversations, you will have to both listen to the speakers and look at a picture or chart in order to answer the questions.
- There will be questions to check that you understand the implied meaning of a conversation. In other words, the answers won’t always be given directly. You will have to use your background knowledge to understand what the conversation means in context.
- In the Text Completion section, you will sometimes have to add a complete sentence to the text, instead of just a word or short phrase.
- Reading Comprehension questions might involve placing a sentence in the correct paragraph.
- Some of the reading passages will be text messages, instant messages, online chat sessions, etc.
- As mentioned above, there is a new section of triple passages, requiring you to read three different text in order to answer the questions.
For more information, you can check out the official TOEIC website (http://www.toeic.com.tw/2018update/info.html).
If the new version of the test sounds scary and difficult, don’t worry! Sign up for Eton’s New TOEIC Preparation course and learn everything you need to know to ace it!