How to Study for the TOEIC Writing Test

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The Test of English for International Communication or TOEIC Writing Test administered by the Educational Testing Service assesses your level of proficiency in English grammar, vocabulary and comprehension. In the test, you have 60 minutes to answer eight questions that are divided into three sections. Practicing for the TOEIC Writing Test will help you learn which of your writing skills need improvement and help you earn a higher score.

Step 1

Take a practice TOEIC writing test before you begin studying for the exam to learn which areas of writing you need to work on. When you take the practice tests, use the same time constraints as the official test so you can get a feel for how to pace yourself when you take the test.

Step 2

Practice writing sentences based on pictures. To practice for the first section of the TOEIC writing test, cut out pictures from a magazine or newspaper and glue them onto a piece of paper, providing enough space between each one to write. If possible, have an English tutor or teacher write two words or phrases under each picture. Then write a sentence that describes each picture, including the words given. For extra practice, write more than one relevant sentence using a variety of nouns, adjectives, verbs, conjunctions and prepositions

Step 3

Write responses to correspondences to practice for the second section of the TOEIC writing test. Respond in English to emails you’ve received that aren’t confidential. On the TOEIC test, it is common for the directions to state that you need to provide two hypothetical examples of information in your response, so include similar information in your practice responses. Ask an English tutor or teacher to provide you with sample correspondences that ask for information.

Step 4

Practice writing opinion-based essays for the third section of the TOEIC writing test. The essay question on the test will ask you about a subject with which you are familiar, such as the best way to find a job, the best type of pet or your favorite places in the world to travel. Write an introductory paragraph that states your opinion, at least one supporting paragraph and a conclusion that sums up your ideas.


Ask an English tutor or teacher to help you study and correct your practice work.


For the first section of the TOEIC Writing Test, you will have eight minutes to complete the first five questions, writing sentences to go with pictures.


In the second section of the test, you will have 10 minutes to write a response to a correspondence.


In the third section of the TOEIC Writing Test, you have 30 minutes to write an essay based on a personal opinion opinion. The ETS website states that your essay should be at least 300 words long.

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