Are you in Washington State and need to prove your English proficiency? The TOEIC is one of many English tests you can take to get a score to certify your English comprehension abilities. It is recognized worldwide as an official certification of your English level.
This article will briefly go over the basics of the TOEIC and where you can take the TOEIC in the Seattle area. Finally, we’ll give our advice on how to study to get a winning score on the test.
The particularity of the TOEIC is that it generally focuses on so-called “business English” meaning that most of the test subject matter includes situations you’d probably find in a professional setting. By attaining a certain TOEIC score, then, you’ll be proving to your future recruitment manager or admissions counselor that you can understand English in a business context. This may help you land a job abroad or just boost your CV.
The TOEIC testing centers in Seattle
The TOEIC is given in testing locations all over the world that are authorized by ETS, the company that creates and delivers the TOEIC to these centers. In the greater Seattle area, there are two of testing centers to choose from:
South Seattle College
6000 16th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98106
The South Seattle College campus is located in West Seattle near beautiful Puget Park. The area is covered by public transportation, so it shouldn’t be difficult to get there.
Tacoma Community College
6501 South 19th St.
Tacoma, WA 98466
Further south is the spacious Tacoma Community College campus off Highway 16 in Tacoma.
We recommend scouting out the testing location once before the test to get an idea of the area and to allow plenty of time to get there on test day. That way, you’ll be less likely to be late and you’ll arrive for the test with a clear head. Remember that there is no late admission to the test!
The two Seattle TOEIC centers offer public TOEIC sessions about once a month. Note that demand varies depending on the time of year, so be sure to book your seat well in advance since seats may fill up quickly! We recommend registering for the TOEIC at least one month before the test date.
There are plenty of test centers all around the US in cities like NYC, Boston, Portland,San José,San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco or regions like Michigan, California and even in Hawaii or in the Americas
How to register for the TOEIC in Seattle
All TOEIC registrations are handled online on the ETS website. After you create an account, navigate to the registration page using the “Register Online” button. In this case, you’ll most likely want the TOEIC Listening & Reading Public Session.
You’ll then see all the test dates for the test you choose. Simply select the date that works for you. A summary will be displayed of all the information about the test session you select (duration and date, call time: generally 10 a.m.), plus the number of seats available. If spots are open, provide your personal information, being sure to enter the same name as is on your official identification you’ll need to bring on the test day.
What is the cost of taking the test?
Lastly, remember that to finalize your registration, your test fee needs to be received by ETS. This can be done instantly with a credit card online. The test fee is currently set at $130 but is subject to change. Discounts may apply to students and other categories of candidates.
This is also when you can select any additional options for your test reporting, such as express results, where you’ll get your results within three days instead of seven. You can also choose to order additional score reports to be sent out to institutions or companies on your behalf.
Tips to succeed your TOEIC test
The TOEIC has very specific types of questions and strict guidelines to ensure fair and reliable testing. Therefore, you should prepare for the test thoroughly so you’ll know what to expect. Preparing will help you learn what the guidelines are and work more efficiently on test day. You’ll be saving time because you’ll be able to anticipate the questions and your answers. Preparation is also a key factor in learning how to manage stress effectively.
First, start by asking people around you. Since the TOEIC is so popular, you surely know a fellow student or coworker who has already taken the test and can share their experience with the test.
Next, there are countless ways to prepare for the TOEIC. You may want to prepare as a small group, with your friends, or enroll in more formal classes in large or one-on-one settings. Or you might choose to practice on your own using printed/CD or digital materials, or mobile apps – choose whichever works for you!
Follow these tips and it will make all the difference and help you get as high a score as possible. By sticking to a well-defined program to study for the TOEIC, you’ll be developing your overall English skills at the same time.
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Mock tests are also a great way to pinpoint your strong and weak areas and where your score is currently. Thanks to GlobalExam’s personal statistics function, enter your target score to track your progress in real-time and watch your score rise as you work to meet your goal!
GlobalExam also has lots of resources to improve your English overall, including themed vocabulary files, grammar revisions, plus valuable tips and tricks on how to manage your time wisely and avoid stress.
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