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TOEIC Speaking and Writing Tests

Preparation Workshop

House Rules

1. Switch off your mobile phones. 2. Use English only. 3. Speak in complete sentences always.

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What is the TOEIC Speaking and Writing Tests?


An international standardized English proficiency test An internet-based test

A test on a persons ability to communicate in spoken and written English in the context of daily life and the global workplace

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What do they measure?

The different speaking and writing tasks the person can accomplish within the typical workplace environment and routine social interactions

The many levels of speaking and writing ability of the person

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Who takes the TOEIC Speaking and Writing Tests?


Personnel who use English in real-life work settings
(e.g., business, hotels, hospitals, international meetings, conventions and sports events)

Managerial, sales and technical employees in international business, commerce and industry who require English for their work Individuals who are preparing to enter the workforce Individuals who want to measure their productive skills in English

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Why take the TOEIC Speaking and Writing Tests?


Verify your current level of English proficiency

Qualify for a new position and/or promotion in a company


Enhance your professional credentials

Monitor your progress in English


Set your personal learning goals Involve your employer in advancing your English ability

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Other FAQs

Frequency of test taking: Once every month Validity of test scores: 2 years

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Speaking Test: Structure


20 minutes (approximate) 6 types of tasks 11 questions

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Speaking Test: Tasks


1. Express an opinion 2. Propose a solution 3. Respond to questions based on given information 4. Respond to questions 5. Describe a picture 6. Read a text aloud

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Speaking Test: Claims


Tasks
1. Express an opinion
2. Propose a solution

Claims

3. Respond to questions using information provided


4. Respond to questions 5. Describe a picture

The test taker can create connected, sustained discourse appropriate to typical daily life and workplace.

The test taker can select appropriate language to carry out routine social and occupational interactions. The test taker can generate language intelligible to native and non-native English speakers.

6. Read a text aloud

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Speaking Test: Indicators


Completeness of content Relevance of content Extended discourse Fluency Vocabulary Grammar Intonation and stress Pronunciation

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Speaking Test: Scoring Guide


Questions 1-2. Task: Read a text aloud.

3 Pronunciation is highly intelligible.


The speaker uses emphases, pauses and pitch (rise and fall of tones) effectively.

2 Pronunciation is generally intelligible.


The speaker observes proper pauses and pitch. There are some lapses and moderate native language influence.

1 Pronunciation is inconsistently intelligible.


Native language influence is interferes with appropriate delivery of text.

0 No response. Response is completely unintelligible.

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Speaking Test: Scoring Guide


Question 3. Task: Describe a picture. 3 The response is relevant to the picture and includes appropriate details.
Delivery is smooth and consistent. Vocabulary is accurate and relevant to the picture. Structure is coherent.

The response is relevant to the picture but content may dwell on minor details.
Delivery is generally smooth but listener has to exert effort. Vocabulary is limited and sometimes inaccurate. Structure is limited and sometimes incomprehensible.

Response may be connected to the picture but ideas are very limited.
Delivery is marked by long pauses and frequent hesitations. Choice of vocabulary is repetitive and may interfere with meaning. Structure interferes with comprehensibility.

No response. Response is completely unconnected to the picture.

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Speaking Test: Scoring Guide


Questions 4-6. Task: Respond to questions. 3 The response addresses the task appropriately.
Delivery is smooth and consistent. No listener effort is required. Vocabulary is appropriate to the question choice of word is accurate. Structure fulfills the demands of the task.

2 The response connected to the task, though meaning may be unclear at times.
Delivery is generally intelligible but listener has to exert effort. Vocabulary is limited although overall meaning is clear. Structure requires some listener effort for interpretation.

1 Response does not address the task appropriately.


Delivery requires significant listener effort. Vocabulary is inaccurate or relies on repetition of the prompt. Structure interferes with comprehensibility.

0 No response. Response is completely unconnected to the stimulus.

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Speaking Test: Scoring Guide


Questions 7-9. Task: Respond to questions using information provided. 3 The response addresses the task appropriately and information from the schedule is accurate.
Delivery is smooth and consistent. No listener effort is required. Vocabulary is appropriate to the question. Structure addresses the task.

2 The response is generally accurate, though information from the schedules may be incomplete or inaccurate in part.
Delivery is generally intelligible but listener has to exert effort. Vocabulary may be limited or somewhat but overall meaning is clear. Structure requires some listener effort for interpretation.

1 Response does not address the task appropriately.


Delivery requires significant listener effort. Vocabulary is inaccurate or relies on repetition of the prompt. Structure interferes with comprehensibility.

0 No response. Response is completely unconnected to the stimulus.


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Speaking Test: Scoring Guide


Question 10. Task: Propose a solution. 5 4
The response is effective. Discourse is highly intelligible, sustained and coherent. There is clear progression of ideas and relevant information required by the tasks. Speech is clear and generally well-paced. Vocabulary is accurate. The response addresses the task appropriately. Discourse is generally intelligible and coherent. Expression is fluid but with some minor lapses. There is relevant information required by the tasks but details may not be fully elaborated. Minor difficulties with pronunciation, intonation or pacing. Vocabulary is fairly effective. Some words may be imprecise. The response attempts to address the prompt. Speech is intelligible, but has problems with delivery and coherence. There are some relevant information, but generally incomplete or inaccurate. Grammar and vocabulary are limited. The response is very limited and speech is largely unintelligible. Limited relevant content and expression is inaccurate, unclear or repetitious. Connections between parts of a sentence are severely limited. Vocabulary is severely limited. Response does not address the task appropriately. Response is unintelligible. Response is in phrases or mixture of the native language and English. No response. Response is completely unconnected to the stimulus.
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Speaking Test: Scoring Guide


Question 11. Task: express an opinion. 5 4
Communication is effective. Response is sustained and sufficient to the task. The opinion is generally well-developed. Speech is clear and well-paced. Structures are varied and vocabulary is accurate. The response addresses the task appropriately but may not be fully developed. Generally intelligible and coherent. Opinion expressed is clear and supported by more than one reason. There are some minor difficulties with pronunciation. Grammar is effective, though range of structures is somewhat limited. Vocabulary is fairly effective. The response addresses the task but development of topic is limited. Speech is intelligible but delivery and overall coherence may have problems. Meaning may also be unclear sometimes. Opinion expressed is clear and supported with one reason which is not elaborated. Grammar and vocabulary are limited. The response is very limited and speech is largely unintelligible. Limited relevant content is expressed. Opinion is given but no elaboration. Has difficulty with pronunciation and listener must exert effort to understand. Grammar is severely limited and ideas are not clearly connected. Vocabulary is severely limited. Response does not address the task. No opinion, choice or preference is stated. Response is unintelligible. Response is in phrases or isolated words and could be repetition of the prompt. No response. Response is completely unconnected to the stimulus.

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Speaking Test: Level


Level 8 (190-200) Level 7 (160-180) Level 6 (130-150) Level 5 (110-120) Level 4 (80-110) Level 3 (60-70) Level 2 (40-50) Level 1 (0-30)

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Writing Test: Structure


60 minutes (approximate) 3 types of tasks
1. Writing a sentence based on a picture 2. Responding to a written request 3. Writing an opinion essay

8 questions

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Writing Test: Tasks


1. Write an opinion essay 2. Respond to a written request 3. Write a sentence based on a picture

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Writing Test: Claims


Tasks
1. Write an opinion essay

Claims
Test taker can produce multi-paragraphlength text to express complex ideas, using, as appropriate, reasons, evidence and extended explanations. Test taker can produce multi-sentencelength text to convey straight-forward information, questions, instructions and Narratives Test taker can produce well-formed sentences. 3

2. Respond to a written request

3. Write a sentence based on a picture

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Writing Test: Indicators


Range and appropriateness of language Grammar Coherence and organization Sentence variety

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Writing Test: Scoring Guide


Questions 1-5. Task: Write a sentence based on a picture. 3 The response consists of ONE sentence that
Has no grammatical errors, Contains forms of both key words and used appropriately, and Is consistent with the picture.

2 The response consists of one or more sentences that


Has one or more grammatical errors that do not obscure the meaning, Contain BOTH key words, but they may not be in the same sentence and the form(s) of the word(s) may not be accurate, and Are consistent with the picture.

1 The response
Has errors that interfere with meaning, or Omits or both key words, or Is not consistent with the picture.

0 No response, or response is written in foreign language or consists of keystroke characters.

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Writing Test: Scoring Guide


Questions 6-7. Task: Respond to a written request. 4 The response effectively addresses all the tasks in the prompt using multiple
sentences that clearly convey the information, instructions, questions, etc., required by the prompt.

3 The response is mostly successful but fails to address one of the tasks
required by the prompt.
Shows some awareness of audience Has noticeable grammatical errors Only one task was addressed, or 2 or 3 tasks were addressed but unsuccessfully Shows little awareness of the audience Grammatical errors may obscure meaning in MORE THAN ONE sentence

2 The response is marked by several weaknesses:

1 The response is seriously flawed and conveys little or no information,


instructions, questions, etc., required by the prompt.
None of the tasks were addressed Connections between ideas are missing or obscure The tone may be inappropriate to the audience Grammatical errors are frequent and obscure the meaning

Response merely copies words from the prompt or stimulus, or is not connected to the topic, or is written in a language other than English, or no response.
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Writing Test: Scoring Guide


Questions 8. Task: Write an opinion essay. 5 4
The response effectively addresses the topic and task, is well organized and well developed (appropriate explanations or details), displays unity and coherence as well facility with language, appropriate word choice, though with minor lexical or grammatical errors. The response largely addresses the topic and task well, is generally well organized and well developed using appropriate and sufficient explanations, displays unity and coherence, though it may contain occasional redundancy or unclear connections, displays facility in the use of language with occasional noticeable errors that do not obscure the meaning. The response addresses the topic and task, using somewhat developed explanations or details, displays unity and coherence though connections of ideas may occasionally obscured, demonstrates inconsistent facility in sentence formation, word choice may obscure meaning and displays accurate but limited range of structures and vocabulary. The response has limited development of the topic and task, inadequate organization, insufficient/inappropriate explanations, noticeably inappropriate choice of words or forms and an accumulation of errors in sentence structure or usage. The response is seriously flawed. There is serious disorganization or underlittle or no detail, or irrelevant specifics, with serious and frequent errors in sentence structure or usage. development,

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Response merely copies words from the prompt or stimulus, or is not connected to the topic, or is written in a language other than English, or no response.
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Writing Test: Level


Level 9 (200) Level 8 (170-190) Level 7 (140-160) Level 6 (110-130) Level 5 (90-100) Level 4 (70-80) Level 3 (50-60) Level 2 (40) Level 1 (0-30)

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Some Tips & Reminders Surround yourself with English Read the Examinee Handbook Be properly dressed Focus on the task at hand
Relax. Think of it as another day at work.

Bring your ID Have a good nights rest Come on time

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This is the end of the test orientation

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