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July 21, 2006

Details of New TOEIC Test Announced

It has been 25 years since the TOEIC test was introduced to create a standard measurement for business English skills. Until now, the test has consisted of two main sections, namely the listening and the writing section. This has meant that some test takers scored well on the test but still weren't able to communicate using spoken English in meetings and elsewhere.
From December, the TOEIC test will feature a completely new section, making it possible to benchmark communication skills as well. First details of the new speaking and writing test were unveiled at a joint press conference held by the Institute for International Business Communication (IIBC) and ETS on July 19th.


The new test can be taken once in a month using online testing equipment at designated testing centers. Test-takers will then have to demonstrate their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. The price for the entire package will be JPY 9,975. Online practice tests will be offered to learners prior to the new test launch.
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