“TOEIC” stands for the Test of English for International Communication. The TOEIC test is an English language proficiency test for people whose native language is not English. TOEIC test scores indicate how well people can communicate in English with others in the global workplace. The test does not require specialized knowledge or vocabulary; it measures only the kind of English used in everyday activities.
The TOEIC test is the world’s leading test of English language proficiency in a workplace context.
Educational Testing Service (ETS®), an organization devoted to educational measurement and research in psychometrics and educational policy, designed and created the TOEIC test in 1979 at the request of a group of business leaders in Japan. Over the years, the TOEIC test was adopted in many other countries and quickly became the global standard for assessing English in work-related contexts.
The TOEIC test provides an extremely reliable indication of English proficiency.
Extensive research has demonstrated that TOEIC test scores are strongly related to scores on many other measures of English language proficiency. This indicates that the TOEIC test is a valid measure of English language proficiency. For more information on the reliability and validity of the TOEIC test, please see the TOEIC Technical Manual.
Although the TOEIC test is highly reliable, no test measures performance with perfect accuracy and consistency. An individual who takes several, versions, or forms, of the test within a short period of time obtains a number of scores that center around an average value known as the “true” score.