Resources › For Students and Parents Average TOEIC Listening and Reading Scores Sorted by Age, Gender, Country, and Education Share Flipboard Email Print Lamaip / Getty Images For Students and Parents Test Prep Test Prep Strategies Test Registration Study Skills SAT Test Prep ACT Test Prep GRE Test Prep LSAT Test Prep Certifications Homework Help Private School College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More by Kelly Roell Kelly Roell is the author of "Ace the ACT. " She has a master's degree in secondary English education and has worked as a high school English teacher. Updated January 20, 2020 If you've taken the TOEIC listening and reading exam, or the Test of English for International Communication, then you know how nerve-racking it can be to wait for your scores. This important examination of English skills is often used by potential employers to determine whether your level of communication is sufficient for employment, so you probably don't need to be told to take your results very seriously once you get them back. Understanding Your Score Unfortunately, knowing your scores won't always help you understand your chances of being hired. Even though many businesses and institutions have minimum TOEIC scores or proficiency levels that they require before giving you an interview, these levels are not the same across the board. Depending on where you have applied and for what positions, you may find that different institutions require very different base scores. Of course, there are a number of factors at play that affect your performance and your likelihood of being hired. These include age, gender, educational background, college major (if applicable), English-speaking experience, vocational industry, type of job, and even the amount of time you spent studying for the test. Most hiring managers take these factors into account when interviewing and do not hire based on TOEIC scores alone. Find out How You Compare Wondering where you stand with the scores you've earned and how your performance compares with the standard? Look no further: here are the average 2018 TOEIC scores sorted by age, gender, country of birth, and education level of test-takers (some of the most important factors). Though these averages won't tell you your own areas of strength and weakness, they might help you see your relative position among other test-takers more clearly. These listening and reading data sets were obtained from the 2018 TOEIC report on test-takers worldwide. Remember that the highest possible score on each exam is 495. Anything over 450 is generally considered excellent and indicates no real area of weakness in using and understanding the English language. You'll also notice that, across the board, reading scores are lower than listening scores. Average TOEIC Scores by Age In this set of TOEIC listening and reading scores by age, you will notice that test-takers between the ages of 26 and 30 tend to perform best on this test with an average listening score of 351 and a reading score of 292. Across all countries, this accounts for 15% of test-takers. Mean Performance by Demographic Categories: Age Age % of Test Takers Average Listening Score Average Reading Score Under 20 23.1 283 218 21-25 39.0 335 274 26-30 15.0 351 292 31-35 7.5 329 272 36-40 5.3 316 262 41-45 4.1 308 256 Over 45 6.0 300 248 Average TOEIC Scores by Gender According to 2018 data, more men took the TOEIC standardized tests than women. Women outperformed men on the listening test by a mean of 21 points and on the reading test by a mean of nine points. Mean Performance by Demographic Categories: Gender Gender % of Test Takers Listening Reading Female 46.1 332 266 Male 53.9 311 257 Average TOEIC Scores by Country of Birth The following chart shows the mean reading and listening scores by the test-taker country of birth. You'll notice that these data are quite spread out and scores are largely influenced by the prominence of English in each country. Mean Performance by Native Country Country Listening Reading Albania 255 218 Algeria 353 305 Argentina 369 338 Belgium 401 373 Benin 286 260 Brazil 333 295 Cameroon 338 294 Canada 460 411 Chile 356 317 China 302 277 Colombia 326 295 Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 320 286 Czech Republic 420 392 El Salvador 306 266 France 380 344 Gabon 330 277 Germany 428 370 Greece 349 281 Guadeloupe 320 272 Hong Kong 308 232 India 333 275 Indonesia 266 198 Italy 393 374 Japan 290 229 Jordan 369 301 Korea (ROK) 369 304 Lebanon 417 369 Macao 284 206 Madagascar 368 328 Martinique 306 262 Malaysia 360 289 Mexico 305 263 Mongolia 277 202 Morocco 386 333 Peru 357 318 Philippines 390 337 Poland 329 272 Portugal 378 330 Réunion 330 287 Russia 367 317 Senegal 344 294 Spain 366 346 Taiwan 305 249 Thailand 277 201 Tunisia 384 335 Turkey 346 279 Vietnam 282 251 Average TOEIC Scores by Level of Education Nearly half of TOEIC test-takers in 2018 were either in college on their way to earning undergraduate degrees at four-year universities or had already obtained their Bachelor's degrees. By highest level of education, here are average TOEIC scores. Mean Performance by Demographic Categories: Education Level of Education % of Test Takers Listening Reading Graduate school 11.6 361 316 Undergraduate college 49.9 340 281 Junior high school 0.5 304 225 High school 7.0 281 221 Elementary school 0.2 311 250 Community college 22.6 273 211 Language institution 1.4 275 191 Vocational school after high school 4.0 270 198 Vocational school 2.8 256 178 Continue Reading The TOEIC Speaking Test What's a Good TOEIC Speaking and Writing Score? ACT Reading Questions, Content, and Scores The Princeton Review LSAT Prep Review What's a Good GRE Score? Here's How to Tell TOCFL - Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language Are Your SAT Scores Good Enough for Selective Colleges? What Is a Good MCAT Score? 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