TOEIC® L&R refinement

Official Results
Remain Equivalent
ETS provides a globally verifiable score. The report provided is called the “Official Score Report” internationally, and also referred to as the 
“Official Score Certificate”
(in Japan and Korea).

See certificate differences

The Official Score recognition is unaffected by these changes.


ETS is pleased to announce an update to the format of questions used in the TOEIC L&R test. The changes are now in effect in Japan and Korea and are planned for global rollout mid-2018.

There is only ONE Official TOEIC certification

There are many test forms and both the current and refined TOEIC test used globally. These are the same test with the same scores, regardless of form.

ETS has conducted several studies to verify there is no change in meaning for the TOEIC Listening and Reading scores. There is also no change to the level of test difficulty or total testing times.

Scores will continue to be comparable across test-form administrations.

An Official Score is recognised in all countries regardless of using the current or refined TOEIC.

Overview of Updates:

Language use: As the use of English evolves and changes, so must tests and test questions, to ensure that we are measuring the language skills that individuals need.

Multiple sources: The updates will make greater use of multiple sources - for example using both what is seen in a visual image and what is heard in a conversation.

Candidates will be assessed on understanding intended meaning in context and across text sources, understanding non-linear exchanges in online-chat messages, and understanding conversations with more than 2 speakers. This assessment will be closer to real life situations, but the difficulty will remain the same.

Update to balance of items:


Part 1: 10 photograph items        → 6 items
Part 2: 30 question-response items  → 25 items
Part 3: 10 conversation items      → 13 items
Part 4: 10 short talk items        → Unchanged.


Part 5: 40 incomplete sentence items   → 30 items
Part 6: 12 text completion items        → 16 items
Part 7a: 28 single reading passage items   → 29 items
Part 7b: 20 double reading passage items   → 25 items

New Ability Reported:

For schools using the ability subsections, the score report will add an additional Listening Ability.

“Can understand a speaker’s purpose or implied meaning in a phrase or sentence”.

More information:

  1. ETS’s information page

  2. TOEIC Japan’s Q&A in English

  3. TOEIC Japan’s information page (in Japanese)