English certification: 6 things to know about the TOEIC®

The TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication) is an English test used by more than 14,000 companies, government agencies and learning programs across 160 countries around the world.

The test was created in the United States more than 40 years ago by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Every year, around seven million people take TOEIC® all over the world.

Why take the test?

The TOEIC® test measures how easily a non-native speaker masters the English language. The test enables candidates to certify their level of English and gives companies a tool to assess the English language level of job candidates and employees (for example, as in the context of providing English training within companies).

The test is aligned with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), recognized by the France Compétences professional training body, and assesses a candidate’s level of English on a scale ranging from A1 (Beginner) to C2 (proficiency).

What does the test involve?

TOEIC® tests evaluate four major language skills: reading and oral comprehension, as well as written and oral expression. However, it is important to note that there are several TOEIC® tests:

– The TOEIC® Listening and Reading test is intended for intermediate to advanced levels, and assesses English reading and oral comprehension skills. This is a multiple-choice test taken on paper.

– The TOEIC® Speaking and Writing test is intended for intermediate to advanced levels, and assesses English oral and written expression. This test is taken exclusively online.

– The TOEIC® Bridge™ test is intended for beginner to intermediate levels, and assesses English reading and oral comprehension skills; it is a multiple-choice test taken on paper.

Candidates are free to take one or more tests, depending on their level and the skills needed in their professional environment.

Did you know? You can take the TOEIC® test an unlimited number of times in the same year. However, you have to pay a registration fee for each attempt. The ETS considers that after two years, an individual’s language level can change significantly and should be reassessed.

How long does the test take?

In total, the test takes two hours (with an additional 30 minutes suggested for filling in your personal details) and consists of 200 multiple choice questions (100 listening comprehension questions and 100 reading comprehension questions).

What levels does the TOEIC® assess?

The TOEIC® is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced speakers. The TOEIC® is the benchmark test for companies seeking to determine the level of English of a candidate or employee.

Note: the TOEIC® is not a diploma, it is a test that measures your level at a given time, and is considered valid for two years.

Gymglish is a state-certified training organization that offers short, personalized, fun online language lessons.  At the end of the training, students receive a diploma with a set of statistics for their level. This certification not only includes information on the student’s level in various areas, but also charts progress in terms of learning and revision, participation, training time, concepts covered, etc.

What grading system does the TOEIC® test use?

TOEIC® tests are not”pass” or “fail”: each test has a minimum and maximum score. TOEIC® results are based on a scale of 10 to 990 points.

Here is an unofficial equivalence according to the score obtained:

10 – 250 False beginner

255 – 400 Basic English

405 – 600 Intermediate English

605 – 780 Basic Operational English

785 – 900 Advanced Operational English

905 – 955 International English proficiency

960 – 990 Advanced International English proficiency

How much does the test cost? Where can you take it?

– TOEIC® Listening & Reading: € 126

– TOEIC® Speaking & Writing: € 126

– TOEIC® Bridge: € 80

To take the TOEIC®, candidates can choose from a large number of ETS GLOBAL-approved test centers and training organizations all over France.

TOEIC® at a glance

PublisherETS GlobalGymglish
Name of certificate / diplomaTOEICGymglish certification, professional English
Validity periodTwo yearsOngoing
Skills testedReading comprehension, oral comprehension, written expression, oral expressionReading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression (business and professional English)
Target level(s)All levelsAll levels, except true beginners (A2 to C2)
Price€ 126From € 14 /month
Duration2 hoursTraining + certification: 6 months
Face-to-face / RemoteAt a test center / onlineRemote / online


The TOEIC is not the only option for English certification. Gymglish is a certified training organization: at the end of our English language training, we also provide certification recognized by the French state.



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