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Comparing TOEIC to TOEFL 
 

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What's the difference between the TOEICŪ and TOEFLŪ tests? See the table.

  TOEIC IP
(Test of English for International CommunicationTM)
TOEFL ITP
(Test of English as a Foreign LanguageTM)
Purpose Evaluates English proficiency for the global workplace Evaluates English proficiency for those pursuing academic studies
Primary uses For corporations
  • To make decisions about recruiting, promoting, and deploying employees overseas
  • To determine readiness to participate in technical training conducted in English
  • To demonstrate learning progress in corporate training.
For English language programs/schools, especially for academic-track students
  • Placement test
  • Assessment of progress from beginning to end of course
  • Measurement of program effectiveness
  • Exit test and measurement of readiness for academic programs.
Other uses
  • For English language programs/schools, especially business-track students
    • Placement test
    • Assessment of progress from beginning to end of course
    • Measurement of program effectiveness
    • Exit test
  • Practice for secure TOEIC
  • Professional credential
  • For institutions of higher education
    • To fulfill language requirement or graduation requirement
    • To screen for scholarship and exchange programs
  • Practice for TOEFL or other multiple-choice tests
  • Professional credential
Who takes the test?
  • Employees in international corporations
  • Job applicants
  • Students in business, vocational, and trade schools, community colleges
  • Students in the business track of English language programs/schools.
  • Students in the academic track of English language programs/schools
  • Students in colleges or universities that have a language requirement
  • Applicants to scholarship and exchange programs.
Who uses the results?
  • Training managers
  • Human resources managers
  • Recruiters
  • Employees
  • English language programs/schools
  • English language programs/schools
  • College and university administrators
  • Directors of scholarship and exchange programs
  • Students
Formats and proficiency levels tested
  • TOEIC Bridge — high beginning to intermediate
  • TOEIC IP — low intermediate to advanced.
  • Pre-TOEFL ITP — high beginning to intermediate
  • TOEFL ITP — low intermediate to advanced.
Language context Language used in the global workplace Language used in academic contexts
Test format 200 multiple-choice questions 140 multiple-choice questions
Score scale 10 – 990 Total
  • 5 – 495 Listening Comprehension
  • 5 – 495 Reading Comprehension.
310 – 677 Total
  • 30 – 68 Listening Comprehension
  • 30 – 68 Structure and Written Expression (grammar)
  • 30 – 67 Reading Comprehension.
Length of test 120 minutes 115 minutes
When test is given
  • Available on demand for any date
  • Multiple forms for testing throughout the year
  • Two forms of security
    • semi-secure — administered on-site by own staff, trained by TOEIC staff
    • secure — administered on-site by TOEIC staff.
NOTE: Maximum-security TOEIC Open Test is available in some countries.
  • Available on demand for any date
  • Multiple forms for testing throughout the year
  • One form of security
    • semi-secure — administered on-site by own staff.
NOTE: Maximum-security TOEFL CBT and PBT are available in most countries.
Score reports
  • Individual score reports
  • Score roster
  • Certificates (may be available for an additional fee)
  • Individual score reports
  • Institution score reports and roster
Turnaround time for score reports
  • Usually 3 to 5 days
  • Rush reporting on request for an additional fee.
  • Usually 3 to 5 days (7 days in the U.S.)
  • Rush reporting on request for an additional fee.
Test prep For a list of TOEIC test preparation products, contact your local ETS representatives.   Available on TOEFL Web site:
  • Sample Test, 6th Edition
  • TOEFL Test Preparation Kit, 2nd ed.
  • TOEFL Practice Tests, Vol. 2.
 

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