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Exercise 7

TOEIC® stands for the Test of English for International Communication. The test is designed to measure one's communication proficiency in the global workplace. English is increasingly used in various countries around the world.  The questions in the TOEIC test are adapted to many different settings and situations, such as: general business, manufacturing, finance, corporate development, offices, personnel, purchasing, technical areas, housing, travel, dining out, entertainment and health.



When you answer this TOEIC test sample, you might think that it is the same as IELTS or TOEFL tests. Actually, it is not. The TOEIC is commonly used by trans-national companies during the recruitment of new employees. The test is also used to review the English proficiency of their staff whether they are capable of holding certain positions that require a good command of English. Both IELTS and TOEFL have been developed for academic purposes. If you plan to continue your study in the United States of America then you will be asked to provide a TOEFL score. Most of the universities in North America will demand foreign students to have at least TOEFL score 550 for them to apply for scholarships for graduate program.

So, if you have got higher score in TOEIC, it does not mean that you will also get higher one in the other tests. From my personal experience in answering the tests, I can definitely say that IELTS and TOEFL are more difficult than TOEIC because the vocabularies that are used in the tests are more academic than the TOEIC.

Never try to take any tests without make adequate preparations or you will be disappointed with the result. Just because you can speak English fluently it does not mean that you can answer the questions that require more comprehensive study about science. TOEFL has a number of reading comprehension tests that are difficult for those who do not read articles related to science. In addition, there are some parts in the test that require comprehensive knowledge about the history and culture of the American people. As a matter of fact, this kind of information can easily be accessed if test takers or English learners regularly watch or listen to the Voice of America.

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Also read:

What is the TOEIC® test?

Who takes the TOEIC® test?

Who developed the TOEIC® test?


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