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Exercise 4 : You will have to answer 20 questions.

This is the same structure as Exercise 3, but here the comprehension questions relate to two different texts at the same time. The texts are based on the same topic but can take different forms (email, notice, memo, letter, etc.) You will have to answer 5 questions for each pair of texts. 4 possible answers will be offered. This part is essential to master in order to have a good TOEIC score!

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TOEIC Reading exercise 4 – Tips

Tips: Just like Exercise 3, the main difficulty of this exercise lies in the length of the texts. Therefore:

  • Practise reading long texts in English to improve your reading speed.
  • Read the questions first and read the texts afterwards, to know where to find the information needed.

Moreover, feel free to read our specific advices for the TOEIC reading section as well as the strategies for effective TOEIC preparation.

TOEIC Reading exercise 4 – Example

Here is an example from Global-Exam’s training base.

You read in your exam booklet:

Questions 1 to 5 refer to the following emails:

Due to the increase in raw material costs, we must unfortunately raise the cost of our merchandise.
We have avoided raising our prices for as long as possible, but we can no longer prolong the inevitable.
We have enclosed our new price list for your review which goes into effect on 2nd February. Any orders placed between now and the 2nd February will be honored at the lower prices.
We wish to thank you for your valued account and know that you will understand the necessity for this price increase.

Thank you for your email.

I have reviewed your new catalog and accept the price increase insofar as I cannot find better prices anywhere else! And this, despite the increase! Thank you for alerting me on the deadline, which will allow me to order a few items before the given date.


Mr. Coulson

1. What is the purpose of the first email?

a. to announce a change in sales policy

b. to announce a change of suppliers

c. to announce an order deadline

d. to announce the addition of a price list

2. Why is Mr. Coulson writing this email?

a. to thank the company for the discount

b. to order items

c. to let the company know he still wants to be their customer

d. none of the above

3. What can be inferred about the company in question?

a. that they have low prices

b. that they are striving to keep their prices low

c. that they respect their customers

d. all of the above

4. What will happen on the 3rd February?

a. prices will be reduced

b. prices will increase

c. the new catalog will be edited

d. the company will refuse new orders

5. What will happen if Mr. Coulson orders on the 2nd February?

a. he will have to take the increase into account

b. he will have to take the decrease into account

c. he will have access to the new catalog

d. none of the above

You must then select the correct answers on your answer sheet: a, c, d, b, d.

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