Part 2 of the TOEIC Listening test consists of 30 questions or statements. Each question or statement is followed by three possible responses. You should choose the most appropriate response. The questions or statements are things you might hear in a conversation among colleagues, customers, clients, friends, or relatives. Questions might be requests for information or for assistance, and statements might be about needs, plans, or feelings. Topics for part 2 questions or statements may include: work, shopping, travel, transportation, health, weather and etc.

Most student issues with TOEIC Listening Part Two have as much to do with the format of the test as with actual problems with language. Many students would have no problem doing this part of the test if they had unlimited time. However, in reality many find it challenging due to the rapid speech, short gap between questions in which to decide on and write down an answer, and having 30 of these questions in quick succession in the middle of a pretty long and tiring test. There are two common actual tricks that the test used to deceive students in this part of the test:

  • key words from the question that are repeated in the wrong answer
  • homophones, homonyms and minimal pairs of words in the question in the wrong answer

In order to correctly choose responses to Part 2 questions and statements, you must be able to: distinguish between a question and a statement, understand the content of a line of conversation and distinguish between correct and incorrect conversational responses. Question or statement types will include the following:

  • Information Questions
  • Yes-No Questions, Embedded Questions, and Polite Requests
  • Embedded Questions
  • Polite Requests
  • Questions with or, Tag Questions, and Statements
  • Tag Questions
  • Statements

Besides being familiar with the question types, there are some things to pay attention in dealing with listening part two such as distractors or incorrect answer options. It may include the following:

  • Similar-Sounding Words: Some responses use words similar to a word in the question, but that are homonyms, or have the wrong meaning.
  • Other Distractor Types: Some distractors use repeated words, or the same word as the question, but in the wrong context. Some distractors use related words, or words associated with something in the question, but in the wrong context. Other distractors may include yes-no responses to information questions. There are also distractors that use the wrong verb tense.

TOEIC Listening Part Two is not the trickiest part of the test for most students, but is a chance to build up their confidence and get some points under their belts early on. Perhaps more importantly, teaching language for this part of the exam is likely to be useful for students’ real use of English in their work (something that can’t be said for most of the TOEIC test).

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