TOEIC Writing Overview

TOEIC Writing Format

The TOEIC Writing Test requires you to answer 8 questions in about one hour. The variety of tasks assesses your ability to convey information in a written form accurately, completely and correctly.

The 8 writing tasks are shown below:

Questions Task
1-5 Write a sentence based on a picture
6-7 Respond to a written request
8 Write an opinion essay


Writing a Sentence

In tasks 1-5, you will be shown a picture on your screen, along with two words below the picture. You must use the two words in a sentence that describes the picture. You are given 8 minutes to complete all 5 questions. You can change the grammatical form of the two words you are given but you must use them in your sentence. You will be graded on the basis of grammar and the relevance of your answers to the picture.

Responding to a Request

In tasks 6 and 7, you need to respond to an email message that will appear on your screen. You will have 10 minutes to read and answer each email, according to the directions given. Once you begin question 7, you cannot return to question 6. You will be graded on the quality of your sentences, vocabulary and the content of your answers.

Writing an Opinion Essay

In the last task, you have to write an essay, expressing your opinion on a given subject. You will be given only one topic. You have 30 minutes to write an essay of about 4-5 paragraphs, or 300 words. Your response will be judged in terms of grammar, vocabulary, organization, logical flow and coherence.


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