TOEIC Writing Test

The Second Half of the TOEIC Speaking and Writing Test

TOEIC Writing. Getty Images/PhotoAlto/Odilon Dimier

The TOEIC Writing Test is the second part of the TOEIC Speaking and Writing Exam, which is different from the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test. So what's on the TOEIC Speaking Test? Read on for the TOEIC Writing details, some of which have been provided by Nandi Campbell with Amideast.

Like the TOEIC Speaking exam, the TOEIC Writing Test is designed to measure a person’s ability to communicate in written English in the context of daily life and the global workplace.

Why take the test? Knowledge of the English language is essential for success in international business, and many businesses may ask for proof of your English speaking and writing skills. Your TOEIC scores may give you the competitive edge if your company is wavering between you and another employee with similar credentials.

What the TOEIC Writing Test Measures

The tasks in the TOEIC Writing Test are organized to support the following three claims about test taker performance:

  • The test taker can produce well-formed sentences, including both simple and complex sentences.
  • The test taker can produce text with multiple sentences to convey straightforward information, questions, instructions, narratives, etc.
  • The test taker can produce text with multiple paragraphs to express complex ideas, using reasons, evidence, and extended explanations as appropriate.

The TOEIC Writing Test Format

  • Content of the Exam: Eight questions

The table below presents an overview of the TOEIC Writing test, which includes the eight questions that measure different aspects of your writing ability. Since the test takes approximately an hour, you will have more than enough time to complete each task, so do not worry about the ticking clock!

Also, for those of you thinking about the directions ahead of time, for each type of question, you will be given specific directions, including the time allowed for writing.

QuestionTaskTask DetailsEvaluation Criteria
1-5Write a sentence based on a picture
  • You will write one sentence that is based on the picture presented.
  • With each picture, you will be given two words or phrases that you must use in your sentence.
  • Creativity is fine! You can change the forms of the words to use different tenses and you can use the words in any order.
Grammar, relevance of the sentences to the pictures
6-7Respond to a written request
  • You will show how well you can write a response to an email of various topics.
  • You will have ten minutes to read and answer each email presented to you.
Quality and variety of sentences, vocabulary, organization
8Write an opinion essay
  • You will write an essay in response to a question that asks you to state, explain, and support your opinion on a given issue.
  • Typically, an effective essay will contain a minimum of 300 words, so when you practice for TOEIC Writing, be sure to aim for that number at minimum. 

Whether the opinion is supported with reasons and examples, grammar

How to Write a Great TOEIC Essay


Practice for the TOEIC Writing Test

Before you take any major standardized test whether that be the SAT, the ACT, the GRE or the TOEIC Speaking and Writing exam, you should practice so you are as proficient as you can possibly be before you sit down for the exam. There are several great places to get ready for this test. Here are just a few:

  • ETS, the makers of the test, provide free practice TOEIC Speaking and Writing exams with which to practice those skills. 
  • Kaplan offers a series of books to help you prepare for any kind of standardized test imaginable and the TOEIC Speaking and Writing test is no different. The Kaplan book includes online prep, a CD and a book full of preparatory materials to help you get ready for test day. 
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