Monthly Archives: February 2011

engVid: Free English Video Lessons 1

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Test of English for International Communication: On-line trial 1

Exam Description:

The TOEIC test is a two-hour, paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice test that consists of 200 questions divided into two separately-timed sections:

Section I: Listening: This section consists of 100 questions and is delivered by audiocassette. It is divided into four parts. Examinees listen to a variety of statements, questions, short conversations, and short talks recorded in English, then answer questions based on the listening segments. The Listening section takes approximately 45 minutes.

  • Part 1: Photographs 20 items (4-choice)
  • Part 2: Question-Response 30 items (3-choice)
  • Part 3: Short Conversations 30 items (4-choice)
  • Part 4: Short Talks 20 items (4-choice)

Section II: Reading. The Reading section consists of 100 questions presented in written format in the test booklet. Examinees read a variety of materials and respond at their own pace to questions based on the item content. The Reading section lasts approximately 75 minutes.

  • Part 5: Incomplete Sentences 40 items (4-choice)
  • Part 6: Error Recognition 20 items (4-choice)
  • Part 7: Reading Comprehension 40 items (4-choice)

Examinees respond to test questions by marking one of the letters (A), (B), (C), or (D) with a pencil on a separate answer sheet. Although the actual testing time is approximately two hours, additional time is needed to allow examinees to complete the biographical questions on the answer sheet and to respond to a brief questionnaire about their educational and work history. Therefore, you should allow approximately 21/2 hours to take the test.


TOEIC Test Simulator (Demo) 1

Afin de pouvoir vous préparer au mieux au test TOEIC Listening & Reading, ETS vous propose l’outil TEST Simulator (édité par Edulang).

TEST Simulator :– est un outil en ligne, simple d’utilisation- prépare efficacement au TOEIC® Listening and Reading- est composé de 5 tests d’entraînement complets– a été conçu par des enseignants expérimentés- accessible en ligne 24h/24 et 7j/7

Contenu de l’application WEB :Test Simulator contient 5 tests blancs, tous disponibles sous deux modes :- Le mode PRACTICE (non chronométré): permet de se préparer à son rythme, en effectuant les exercices en  plusieurs fois- Le mode TEST (chronométré): offre l’avantage de passer le test d’entraînement dans des conditions proches du test officiel (2h/test blanc)

Découvrez la démo TEST Simulator (”Student”) : Tests d’entraînement sous les 2 modes (”Practice” et ”Test”).


About the TOEIC® Listening and Reading Test 1

The TOEIC Listening and Reading test is a valid assessment of English-language reading and listening skills for the workplace. Employers worldwide use the TOEIC test to determine who can communicate effectively in English across borders and cultures with coworkers and clients.

Prove your English-language proficiency

In the competitive global job market:

  • Listening skills are essential for effective face-to-face communication, meetings, videoconferencing, teleconferencing, podcasts and telephone conversations.
  • Reading skills are necessary for e-mail, written reports, newsletters and other forms of business correspondence.
  1. Read all about the TOEIC here
  2. Check out a Test sample: TOEIC Listening and Reading Sample Test (PDF)

Voice of America: learning “Special English” 1

Pierre Geslin via VOA Learning English (Special English)

VOA (The Voice Of America) is a great Website (you can also follow VOA on Facebook) to learn American English.VOA uses “Special English”… But what is so “special” about it?




Three Elements Make Special English Unique.It has a core vocabulary of 1500 words. Most are simple words that describe objects, actions or emotions. Some words are more difficult.  They are used for reporting world events and describing discoveries in medicine and science. 


Special English writers use short, simple sentences that contain only one idea. They use active voice.  They do not use idioms.

Special English broadcasters read at a slower pace, about two-thirds the speed of standard English.  This helps people learning English hear each word clearly.  It also helps people who are fluent English speakers understand complex subjects.



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