TOEIC Test Sample

The TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) exam is a written and oral test in which people must demonstrate their knowledge of the English language. The difference with other tests is that the TOEIC is done with paper and pencil.

This exam is made up of 100 questions to demonstrate listening skills and 100 questions to test reading comprehension.

The time available to answer the questions on the TOEIC test is as follows:

  • 45 minutes for Section I: Listen
  • 75 minutes for Section II: Reading
  • 30 minutes to answer the questions about biographies

Listen section:

In this section, several recorded questions are listened to, as well as short conversations to later answer questions related to what was heard. The content of this section consists of: photographs, question-answer, conversations, short conversations and reading.

Part 5: incomplete sentences

Part 6: Acknowledging Errors or Completing Text

Part 7: Reading Comprehension

Reading Section:

Various materials are presented for participants to read and answer the other 100 questions. For this are used: incomplete sentences, recognition of errors or completion of text and reading comprehension.

The result of the exam will be expressed in levels as established in the Common European Framework:

  • A1 – A2 (Basic level)
  • B1 – B2 (Independent level)
  • C1 – C2 (Proficient level)

TOEIC test example

Tip Check whether the noun is countable or uncountable!

Countable or uncountable nouns

Countable nouns (people, animals, objects, plants, units of measurement) can be counted, used with the indefinite article and be plural.

  • two men; a dog; cars


Uncountable nouns (substances, materials, abstract ideas, languages) cannot be counted, used with the indefinite article and are singular.

  • toilet; money.

Uncountable nouns

The following nouns are always uncountable:

  • Advice
  • leisure
  • baggage
  • luggage
  • money
  • damage
  • news
  • equipment
  • progress
  • fun
  • traffic
  • furniture
  • weather
  • information
  • work
  • knowledge

– The information you gave me is incomplete.

– She is making good progress with her German.

A piece of 

Uncountable nouns can be made countable by combining them with:

  • expressions like a piece of …, a can of …, a slice of …

a piece of information, a can of soda, a slice of bread

  • other nouns

leisure activities, homework assignments

Both countable and uncountable

Many nouns can be used as countable and uncountable nouns, usually with a difference in meaning:


  • paper (material)
  • business (all business transactions)
  • space (the universe)
  • work (employment)
  • time (hours, days …)


  • a (news) paper
  • a business (a company)
  • a space (a blank)
  • a work (of art)
  • a time (an occasion)

– They have some work to do on the acoustics.

– If the global economy continues to flourish, people will continue buying

works of art.

Hundred, thousand …

When dozen, hundred, thousand, million, billion are used to convey the idea of:

  • a definite number, the pattern is:

number / several + hundred, thousand, million… + plural noun

twenty thousand dollars

Economists were alarmed by the deficit, which was several billion

worse than they had expected.

  • an indefinite number, the pattern is:

∅ + hundreds, thousands, millions… + of + plural noun

I’ve told you hundreds of times.

Nouns, Suite

Forms of address

Mr smith a man

Mrs Smith a married woman

Miss Smith an unmarried woman

Ms Smith a married or unmarried woman

These forms of address have to be followed by a family name.



A determiner is a word that is normally used at the beginning of a nounphrase. Determiners include:

  • articles. There are two types of articles:

– the definite article: the

– the indefinite article: a / an

  • possessive adjectives
  • demonstrative adjectives

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