What is a good TOEIC score?

The TOEIC assesses English-language skills needed in the workplace and has been doing it for over 35 years. With about 7 million tests administered every year, the TOEIC tests are the most widely used around the world. Therefore, there are many reasons for taking the test. The TOEIC listening and reading is the most popular part of the TOEIC test and each candidate receives independent scores for listening and reading comprehension on a scale from 5 to 495 points. The total score adds up to a scale from 10 to 990 points. The TOEIC Speaking and Writing Tests generates scores between 0-200.

Every candidate taking the TOEIC receives a certificate showing the exam date and the mark achieved. The certificate also specifies the scores obtained by the candidate on the listening and reading sections. Each section’s score ranges from 5 to 495. The overall score is the sum of the marks of the two exam sections with the maximum being 990. But how should a candidate interpret their result? Is the result poor, good or absolutely fantastic?

NB: For more information on the registration process, you can check our article “How to register for TOEIC?“. We have also written an article on where to take the TOEIC in Canada, Ireland,UK, Germany, USJapan and South Korea.

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How should I interpret my TOEIC score?

There are no international norms to interpret TOEIC scores. It is essential to ask the school, company or organisation requiring you to take the TOEIC the mark you need to achieve.

In some universities, students require a minimum score of 750 to qualify for an exchange in an English-speaking country. Certain companies require an 800 or 850 on the TOEIC taken less than 2 years before for the candidate to qualify for an international position. In France, some higher education establishments require a TOEIC score of at least 785 to award a diploma. ETS, the organisation managing the TOEIC, offers a correlation between TOEIC scores and the CEFR grades of the Common European Framework, comprised between A1 and C2. If someone wanted a rough guide to scores it might be agreed that a reasonable TOEIC score is above 700 points, whereas a good score could be anything above 800 points. A really great score could be considered to be anything above 900 points.

If you are a professional, companies may require a different score.


What happens if I am unsatisfied with my grade?

It is possible to have your TOEIC paper marked a second time. You simply have to contact the exam centre where you took the test within 6 months after the exam. Your paper will then be marked again. Be careful though — If the markers find a significant gap between the first and second grading, ETS will pay for the additional costs. If the results appear to be fine then you will have to pay for them.


Can GlobalExam help me improve my score?

Yes. GlobalExam is an online platform dedicated to test preparation in real exam conditions. Experts regularly write new content to deliver effective training and practice opportunities to help students improve their chances of doing well in their chosen English exam. The site is very interactive – you will be able to do TOEIC exercises and prepare for the Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing Sections and get immediate feedback. You will also have the chance to do full mock exams under timed conditions, just like in the real TOEIC test. You can review your results in the statistics tab to check your progress. You can then improve any weak areas with the help of vocabulary and grammar study sheets!

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